Common Mistakes

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Casting the Hands

This is one of the most common flaws in hitting. One of the reasons is that a 
lot of other mechanical flaws will result in a cast. You can recognize a cast by 
watching a hitter from behind as he hits off of a tee. If the barrel of the bat is 
flying away from his shoulder on the initial approach, then he is casting his 
hands. This action results in a long, slow and weak swing path. It is very 
difficult to catch up to a good fastball with an approach like this.

This approach will also prevent a hitter from staying inside the baseball
Instead, the barrel is wrapping around the baseball. This makes it virtually 
impossible to hit a ball the other way. Casting also causes the bat to travel 
around the hitting zone opposed to through it.

Why do hitters pull their head off of the ball???

As coaches we preach, “Don’t pull your head out!!” However, I have come to 
the conclusion that hitters do not intentionally pull their head off of the ball. 
Instead, if you want to cure this problem, teach the proper swing-path.  When 
a hitter casts his barrel around the ball his momentum is moving him in a 
twisting motion. The force behind this motion will cause not only his trunk to 
twist, but his head will also go along for the ride as well. Keep in mind, this 
improper swing path can be caused by two things: 1) Casting the barrel away 
from the body too soon, or 2) not opening up the back hip to allow your hands 
to work toward, or inside the baseball.

CORRECTIVE MEASURE: Spend a lot of time drilling the outside pitch. Make 
sure that your hitter is seeing the ball 
deep into the zone. This will allow him to 
hit the ball the other way. Use a tee and front soft toss to drill this concept. 
This will assure that the ball is in the correct location.

Asking your hitter to hit the ball the other way is one of the best things you can 
do to help him learn to use his hands correctly. It is almost impossible to hit the 
ball the other way without staying inside of it.


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