Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to Increase Your Power Hitting

By Jim Bain

Anyone who coaches or hangs around the baseball park long enough will see the player labeled "Potential" but never seems to quite live up to expectations. He's the player no pitcher can seem to strike out, but he can't seem to buy a hit, because although he always seems to make contact, he can't get the ball out of the infield.

This otherwise very good ball player has one of two problems which require addressing in order to improve his hitting power. The first issue is one of faulty hitting mechanics, the player is not opening his hips quick enough or wide enough to generate sufficient power from the bat to the baseball.

A decent batting coach can view two or three swings and tell immediately if the player has a mechanical problem or a strength problem, one part which could be weak legs. The legs generate the power used to swing the hips open and strengthening the legs with squats and lunges will help, increased strength never hurts, in creating explosive hips.

However, the player's mechanics may be fine, and based on his ability to make contact on a consistent basis, indicates they probably are, then there is an upper body strength issue.

A player's wrist, forearms and fingers must be strong or else the power generated from the hips, legs and shoulders is absorbed at these points before the power can be transferred to the ball.

Look at it in this light. You have a 50' water hose hooked to the outside faucet (spigot) which produces enough pressure (100psi) out of the hose nozzle to shoot a stream of water 10' and knock a plastic cup off the table.

However there are three couplings in the 50' length of pipe which leak badly allowing water to stream out. Because of the loss of water to these 3 leaks, the 100 psi pressure from the faucet is reduced to 60 psi out of the nozzle.

There are numerous methods for strengthening the forearms, wrist and fingers, but one drill will increase the strength of all three at one time and improve the batter's swing.

It's a very basic, cave man actually, drill, but extremely effective. You'll need an old car tire which is not mounted on a wheel, a large truck tire or donut tire will not work well for this drill.

Using a rope or chain, hang the tire from an overhead structure or tree limb, where the middle of tire hangs at belt level of the hitter. Using a wooden bat, the hitting assumes his normal batting stance, then swings hitting the tire with the bat.

The intent is to swing through the tire, hitting the tire and moving it out of the way as you finish your follow through. Initially the hitter will not be able to move the tire very much, but as his strength increases the tire will be moved farther, due to the increased energy transfer from the bat to the tire, because the weak body parts are now strong.

Jim Bain - Former Minor league baseball player, who since retiring has dedicated his life to teaching baseball to youth. Visit his exciting info packed website:

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

7 Tips On How To Become A Better Hitter!

By Justin Willman

In this article, I am going to talk to you about 7 tips on how to become a better hitter. These tips have not only allowed to me to be a great hitter, but they completely transformed my game and how I play baseball. Heck, I even signed a pro contract a few years ago!

Alright, so let's get down to business.

Tip #1. Watch your favorite baseball players and develop your swing after theirs!

Tip #2. Create your own style! Don't try and exactly imitate your favorite player's swing, create your own swing. Watch how good their mechanics are, but remember that all of us have different bodies, so no swing should be the exact same.

Tip #3. Find your mistakes and correct them. You can do this using a video camera, pictures, or even having someone with experience watch you hit.

Tip #4. Practice often. The best time to practice your baseball swing is during the off season when no one else is working! Do all the tips listed above in the off season, so when the regular season comes, you will be ready to rock and roll!

Tip #5. Practice the correct things! I'm sure you have heard the saying, practice makes perfect. I think the saying should be, perfect practice makes perfect.

Tip #6. Work harder than your competition. This tip can tie right into practicing often, but if you work harder in practice than other players, you will perform better.

Tip #7. Have fun! Don't get frustrated when you strike out or make an error!

I am a former pro baseball player, having helped hundreds of people to easy baseball success. I've recently developed a video training course showing you a step by step process for making your baseball training results come easier and faster. To learn how to become a better hitter without all the fluff, visit,

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

3 Key Components to Creating A Great Baseball Swing!

By Justin Willman

In this article, I am going to tell you my closely guarded hitting secrets that only a tight knit group of coaches and players know. I will show you the 3 key components to creating a great baseball swing!

Alright, so obviously if you are on this page you play baseball. And obviously you are not seeing all the results that you wish to see, right!? Of course that is the case, because if it weren't, you would be a pro already!

So here are a few of my key components to creating a great baseball swing. The first thing you need to do is develop the right mechanics and tools in order to succeed. Try and sit down and watch baseball. Don't just flip through tv channels, actually watch the game and pay attention.

Pay close attention to the small things. Watch how hitters hold the bat. Watch what they do once they are on base. All of these things can make you a better hitter.

The next key component is to actually practice baseball! You can't get better at anything if you don't take the time to practice and make yourself better, so do it!

The last thing that you can do to become a better hitter and baseball player is have fun playing the game. Lots of players take a simple game too seriously. Unless you are playing at the pro level, it is not your job. Sure you want to perform and play well, but it's not your job. Don't treat it like one!

I am a former pro baseball player, having helped hundreds of people to easy baseball success. I've recently developed a video training course showing you a step by step process for making your baseball training results come easier and faster. To learn how to become a better hitter without all the fluff, visit,

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Monday, March 21, 2011

5 Essential Secrets to Hitting

By Justin Willman

In this article, I am going to talk to you about the 5 essential secrets to hitting. These secrets have not just made me a better hitter, they have transformed my game and they have helped turn me into an elite hitter. These tips and tricks can be put to use right away, so you don't have to wait weeks or months to see results.

Okay, so the first essential secret to hitting a baseball well and with lots of power is to practice your hitting swing often!

I know what you're thinking. Obviously you think this so called "secret" is something that is just plain common sense, but to be honest, simply practicing longer and working harder will translate directly into success, which is what you want!

The next essential secret is training in the off season. This is somewhat over looked by players, probably because they get lazy or just can't find the motivation. Be different and stand out!

The third thing you can do to become a better hitter is learn from your mistakes! Find out what you are doing wrong and simply fix it! Try and video tape your swing and learn! Next, you can watch baseball and learn from your favorite players. Again, this concept is far overlooked but is extremely powerful!

The fifth essential secret to hitting is to not get too frustrated and just have fun! Remember, baseball is just a game, so treat it that way! Unless you are playing in the pros, it is not your job! Have fun!

I am a former pro baseball player, having helped hundreds of people to easy baseball success. I've recently developed a video training course showing you a step by step process for making your baseball training results come easier and faster. To learn how to become a better hitter without all the fluff, visit,

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Tips To Improve Your Baseball Skills

By Harold Meidinger

As an athlete, there is always a room for improvement. A dedicated baseball player will always continue to seek for skill improvement and development everywhere just to become a better player. There are several factors that could affect your capacity to play such as the trainings and programs you've been attending, physical limitations and abilities, determination and persistence in achieving a goal towards the end and many more. But the most important thing that you must ensure is the willingness to learn no matter how difficult the road might be. Here are some tips that you should remember in your journey towards success.

1. Learn the fundamentals of baseball that are written in books, magazines, articles, videos, lessons, actual games and advices from coaches and expert players. Gather significant information as much as you can so that you will be able to comprehend the basics of the game. In short, you have to feed your curiosity with facts. Right after that, you can now proceed to drills. There is a common saying that practice makes it perfect. Make a routine for your drills. You can do it at least four to six days in a week. Follow the routine religiously if you want to gain something out of it. Practice the proper way of handling the bat, the right body swing and pitching motion.

2. Know your limitations. More than anybody else, you know your body best. Determine your strengths and weaknesses. To prevent burnout, it will be best if you will have another kind of sport at the end of the season so that you can relax your muscles from the rigid training. However, keep in mind to select s particular sport or physical exercise that is closely related to baseball. With this, you can maintain body fitness and stamina.

3. Train your body as early as possible. It is very important to build your strength as an athlete. You won't be able to last long in the field if you don't have enough stamina. Therefore, you must gain it in your early years to have a good foundation of strength for the game. Every player has different level of skills and strength. Identify your good points so that you can focus more in that aspect. If you think that you will be more effective as a catcher or a pitcher, then pursue that position by appropriate and adequate training for catchers and pitchers.

4. Have an instructor who is expert in conducting trainings and drills. It will truly help you to save time, energy and effort with great results. Learning the proper execution of each step and techniques is a good way to start your baseball career. By doing this, bad habits will be prevented. Once you already mastered everything, you can now practice on your own and take some refresher course once in a while or as necessary. Use your full strength to enhance your skills. Your speed, endurance and strength must be increased at the end of your lesson. You will definitely observe the change in power and speed after the training and practices you've undergone.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gain Flexibility And Strength Through Baseball Exercises

By Harold Meidinger

Conditioning of the body is very important in baseball. It is a game that needs strength and endurance. A game can actually last up to 15 innings and so on if no team can break the score. As a player, if you will not execute the exercises religiously according to your program, you will definitely get exhausted before the game would end. Every player of the team must work hand in hand along with their coach to attain the strength and flexibility that they require to last in the field. Here are the following guides to help you with your daily drills and routines.

Always start in knowing the basics of the game. An intelligent and wise player must understand the rules and terms being used in baseball. Knowing what is pull-up, push press, row, squat, etc. can help you perform these exercises appropriately. Make sure to fulfill all your routine exercises so that your body will get used to it. You can use up to 90% of your body strength in each drill so that your muscles will purely develop as you continue your training.

Focus more on your movements than in muscle development. This game requires great speed and agility. Playing in the field will use your entire body as a unit and not a single muscle will work at a time. Keep in mind to train your body according to your role. If you are a pitcher, it will be best to throw balls everyday against a catcher. Focus more on your shoulders, arms, back, hips and legs so that you can do a better swing. There are so many talented pitchers in the world of sports today. You can watch their games on videos or you can go to a tournament so that actual play can be observed. If you are already affiliated to the team, it will be best to discuss it with your coach and he will surely provide you with good training program that is applicable to your role.

Control your body movements but always aim for the best. Move as fast as you can with full strength. Exercise your body to gain proper conditioning before you will partake in a tournament. Injuries such as sprains and strains are very common in the players due to lack of preparation. Just like basketball, baseball also requires you to have a perfect body flexibility and speed during the game. You should be able to maintain a high stamina to last long in the game especially if you are one of the main players of the team. Everything is this game works at a high speed. You will never be able to hit a ball if your senses and body movements are slow. Therefore, your training program must also focus in speed. Try to be quick as you can by following the drills and exercises given to you. However, the control of your body relies in your hand. Burnout is very usual in players so know when to take a rest if you can't make it any longer.

Harold Meidinger enjoys writing for which offers lessons and services on pitching coaches and baseball pitches as well as host of additional products.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to Increase Your Baseball Hitting Success!

By Justin Willman

In this article, I am going to tell you everything you need to know about how to increase your baseball hitting success!

To tell you the truth, there is no pill or potion you can take to make yourself a better hitter and baseball player over night. If there was, it would definitely be a hot seller. Honestly, there is a reason why people don't play baseball. Some kids may say it is a dumb, boring, slow sport that requires no skill, but the real reason they don't like it is because it is hard!

Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things to do in sports. That is why you are considered a very good hitter if you hit over.300, which is having success just three times out of time. If you hit.400 in the Big Leagues, you will not only be an all star, you will be in the Hall of Fame.

So now let's get to the meat. How to increase your baseball hitting success! The first thing you need to do is practice a lot. I know, common sense right? Although this seems like an easy concept to understand, many players do not practice hard enough or long enough in order to really see results.

Next, you need to practice in the off season when no one else is. This is when the cream truly rises to the top and this is the time you can show everybody you are the best player on the field!

I am a former pro baseball player, having helped hundreds of people to easy baseball success. I've recently developed a video training course showing you a step by step process for making your baseball training results come easier and faster. To learn how to become a better hitter without all the fluff, visit,

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Leading Off Third Base - What Not To Do.

Here's a great example of what not to do with leading off third base. Remember to always stand in foul territory. If a batted ball hits you in fair territory you're out.... It happens.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MLB 2K11 :: XBOX Just Released... Review Video

2K Sports recently released MLB 2K11, the latest version of this popular baseball simulation game. This game is a great way for kids to learn the game. The graphics and realism are unmatched. Check out this video demo...

Creating the Perfect Batting Stance

By Jim Bain

A batting stance which does not allow a fluid and mechanically sound swing and follow through will void any aspirations of becoming a good hitter. Learning the proper batting stance is the second most important thing you must learn as a hitter. What's the first thing? Professional baseball players will quickly tell you hitting is 90% mental, and without a clarity of purpose and a vision of how the body is going to perform while hitting the ball, the body will not respond efficiently enough to consistently hit the ball with power. Mental toughness is for another lesson.

There are numerous basic mechanics, which we'll delve into, but the first thing which must be addressed about perfecting a batting stance is it must be Comfortable and Balanced for you. These are the two basic building blocks all batting stances are perpetuated on, and I know there are Professional Baseball Players, who resemble pretzels or some other weird looking configuration and who will violate one or more of the elements required for a good batting stance.

One must remember, these players are the exception and are not to be mimicked, as we are looking at establishing good fundamental basics on which to build.

Some of these steps you are already performing, some may be uncomfortable at first, but all of them will become automatic after you acquire more experience, but it is important we look at and identify every step individually to establish a good system and batting stance.

Squaring yourself to the plate should be the first thing you do as you enter the batters box. The greater majority of hitters, more or less, place their feet shoulder width apart with home plate centered between the legs. This is not an unbreakable rule as some hitters prefer to stand up or back in the box, but the majority will straddle the plate.

Where you stand in the box is of your choosing, but no matter where you stand in the box, always stand in the exact same location every time you bat. You must be able to establish a location in which to relate to the ball or else you will not see the break or the rotation of the ball clearly if you're seeing it from a different perspective every time you hit.

Extend your bat out and be sure you can touch the outside of the plate with it, if not move closer because you may have trouble reaching an outside pitch if you're too far away from the plate.

Standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width, bend your knees and bring your chest over your feet. You don't want to be erect when hitting because it retards flexibility, rather lean slightly forward, insuring your weight in on the balls of your feet, not on your heels.

The next step is learning the proper way to hold the bat. A lot of players grip the bat more with the palm of their hand than their fingers, which is incorrect as few people realize there is no strength in the palms of your hands, only in the fingers. You want a strong grip on the bat for control. A little hint: Always check to make sure your Knocking Knuckles on both hands line up. This is the proper grip and if they aren't lined up adjust them to where they are.

Holding the bat your hands should be brought to shoulder level, slightly above or below is also acceptable as long as you can still wrap the bat barrel around the back of your head.

You now have a perfect foundation on which to build additional hitting skills.

Jim Bain - Former Minor league baseball player, who since retiring has dedicated his life to teaching baseball to youth. Visit his exciting info packed website:

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Coaching With Limited Resources

By Andy Pohl

Coaching baseball in northern climates can be extremely challenging, as coaches are forced to train their players in confined, indoor spaces during the pre-season months. Furthermore, some high school programs do not even have adequate gym space to get their players ready for spring, and are forced to conduct practices in hallways or even classrooms. In order to make these difficult situations work, coaches must begin to see their resources for what they are, rather than for what they are not. Adopting this perspective will effectively eliminate all frustrations resulting from a lack of space. Once this paradigm shift occurs, specific advantages to coaching in small spaces can be realized. Consequently, the focus of practices can shift towards teaching skills and drills that work harmoniously with the environment, rather than against it.

While small spaces may not provide the ideal environment for taking batting practice or working on cut-offs, it is certainly conducive to developing position-specific fundamentals. This includes proper footwork for middle infielders, crow hops for outfielders, throwing mechanics for all positions, hip rotation for hitters, and dynamic balance for pitchers. For example, getting pitchers to go through their wind-up with a towel, a whiffle ball, or no ball at all allows the pitcher to fine tune his mechanics and make them habit. Furthermore, simply having hitters rehearse their swing in slow motion enables them to concentrate on core fundamentals without being concerned with where the ball goes. Ultimately, teaching position specific skills in confined spaces allows young athletes to primarily focus on mastering the basic fundamentals of a given skill long before they are asked to apply them in game situations.

Despite working with limited space, a solid foundation for athletic development and position-specific skills can be effectively established. The first step is proactively focusing on what is possible, rather than reactively allowing the existence of limitations to excuse failure. Clearly, this paradigm shift sets a great example for all young athletes to follow.

Andy Pohl - Co-Founder, DNA Sports

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Good Hitting Starts With Proper Thinking

By Andy Pohl

If you ever played with dominos, you know that all of the pieces need to be lined up correctly for the chain reaction to occur. If all of the domino pieces are lined up in order, every piece will fall by simply pushing over the first one in line. However, what happens if the first domino is out of place? What happens if the initial domino lacks ties with the others that are waiting to fall? The answer is fairly simple-the first domino falls and the others remain standing.

Failing to think properly before each at bat is similar to lining up a group of dominos with the first one out of line. Just as the other dominos do not have a chance of falling when lined up improperly, you as a hitter have a small chance of getting a hit. If you begin the at bat with the wrong mental approach, you might as well sit back down and let someone else hit for you. This brings up the first key point to hitting-success in the end is only possible with the right beginning. The beginning starts long before you step into the batter's box.

Successful hitters are extremely confident in their abilities. Many actually believe that they can get a hit every time they step to the plate. This attitude does not change, whether the hitter goes 0 for 5 or 4 for 5. Successful hitters do not change their demeanors, and their level of confidence always remains high, even after numerous failures. The key is-if you truly believe in your abilities, you will win more battles at the plate than you think. It's amazing how much control the mind has over the body.

Andy Pohl - Co-Founder, DNA Sports

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Biomechanics of Rotational Hitting

By Andy Pohl

Rotational movement is any type of movement in a circular motion. Ultimately, it is this type of motion that generates the speed and power hitters need. Once the hitter strides to his balanced position, he needs to rotate his hips towards the pitcher. Another way of feeling this motion is to turn the belly button towards the base line-first base for a left hand hitters and third base for a right hand hitters. When you engage in this motion correctly, you will notice that this rotational movement will pull your hands into the hitting zone. This illustrates a key principle with hitting-the hips are indirectly attached to the hands. As the hips rotate, they pull the hands into the hitting are, causing the knob of the bat to be pointed at the ball. This is a great position to hit from.

As the lower body rotates and opens up, it is important to keep the upper body closed. This creates maximum torque, which generates power. Torque is a fancy word that means nothing more than two forces working in opposite directions. As the lower body rotates, the upper body resists. This type of motion is scientifically proven to produce the maximum amount of speed and power. When hitters get themselves into this type of position, they have the momentum of the biggest and strongest muscles in the body (the hips and thighs) pulling the smaller and weaker ones (the hands and arms) through.

Despite the scientifically and biomechanical proven results of this torque position, many hitting instructors still teach their pupils to "squish the bug." The term squish the bug is a theory of hitting that encourages hitters to use their feet to rotate their hips. The back foot, by turning it after the stride, causes the hips to turn. Though this theory can be done, you have to be an incredibly gifted athlete to coordinate your feet, hips and hands. Secondly, the turning of the feet often causes hitters to spin, rather than turn. This spinning action results in the hips prematurely turning and the shoulders flying open, causing the hitter to pull off the ball. This ultimately prevents the hitter from covering the plate consistently, in particular the outside corner, as well as adjust to curve balls and off speed pitches. Most importantly however, squishing the bug does not lead the hitter into a powerful hitting position because the turning of the back foot does not facilitate torque. Ultimately, starting rotational movement with the turning of the back foot results in smaller and less powerful muscles (the feet) leading the more powerful muscles (the hips and the thighs). Nowhere in the study of biomechanics does it state that more power and speed are created by smaller and weaker muscles leading larger and stronger muscles. If you were at a monster truck derby, which situation would create more speed and power-a truck pulling a small car or a small car pulling a truck? Obviously, the truck pulling the small car creates more speed and power. Another way of phrasing this idea is that the dog wags the tail; the tail doesn't wag the dog. The hips lead the hands and the feet, not the other way around.

Andy Pohl - Co-Founder, DNA Sports

DNA Sports specializes in personalized baseball and softball skill programs, college recruiting education and preparation, and coaching clinics. Learn more:

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