Even the casual baseball fan will notice the wide variety to batting stances and hitting styles. There is no set style that is correct, so long as the player uses the proper swing mechanics. The hitting style the approach batters take enables them to be the type of hitter best suited to their body type and athletic ability. For example, a player with a large frame with the potential to be a power hitter should not adopt a singles-hitter approach. On the flip side, a slight, skinny player shouldn’t swing for the fences.
The proper hitting style can be challenging for a beginning player, but it must fit the player’s ability and must be something they are ultimately comfortable with. At times, this means exploring different styles, and once you find a style, that generally remains with you for their entire baseball career. At the same time, don’t be rigid and be willing to make tweaks and adjustments to your style, when needed.
Determine Your Swing Power
Power hitters have stances that give them the best chance of launching the ball airborne. Most of the power comes from the use of the legs, core, and forearms. The idea for a power hitter is to transfer as much energy from the body to the bat head. The techniques used by these players aren’t as successful for smaller players, whose forte is to hit line drives or slap singles the other way. This is typical of leadoff hitters, whose job is to find a way to get on base and not power balls out of the park. Power hitters use more of a rotational motion to get the ball in the air, while contact hitters need to keep the ball on a line or on the ground, so they opt for a more linear approach.
Explore Hitting Styles
Changes to hitting styles could result in better fundamentals. Many players have issues from not staying back on the ball. In these circumstances, widen the stance but this can sometimes lead to hitting under the ball due to a lower stance. If this happens, stand a bit more upright, which enables a batter to remain back and not dip the back shoulder, which leads to pop-ups.
Another style often seen is when a player just lefts the front foot and puts it back down without a stride. This potentially saps power and can throw off timing, causing late swings.
The style changes that typically offer the best results starts with the initial set-up. The wider the feet, the easier it is to stay back on the ball, but more difficult to hit line drives. Therefore, this is a great stance for a power hitter who needs to get the ball airborne.
On the flip side, the narrower the space between the feet, the taller the batter will stand, which promotes more line drives and ground balls. This is best for hitters with limited power. For the average player, it’s best to begin with a neutral stance and experiment to see what works best for their game.
Experiment with different hand positions. Normally, the higher the hands, the easier it is to stay on top of the ball and hit more line drives and ground balls. The exception is when the hands drop prior to swinging. As the hands lower, the easier it is to get under the ball, which is preferred for home run hitters.
Hitters should also experiment with even, open, and closed stances. Note that with a closed stance, it may be difficult to turn on a ball and pull it. With an open stance, pulling the ball is easier, but it can lead to hitters opening up too far too soon and limit their ability to handle balls on the outer half of the plate. These types of stances or normally best left to the most experienced hitters.
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