A baseball swing should appear as a fluid motion that exhibits explosive movements. Precise swings flow smoothly without any friction. Friction develops in players’ swings because bad habits sometimes go unnoticed and unmentioned. There are some movements that disrupt a swing’s flow and we’re going to break them down.
1. Closed Off Batting Stance
A closed off stance is often adopted by hitters for a few reasons. The biggest reason is protection. Some hitters are simply scared of the ball and this can be a tough fear to overcome. Some batters try to curb this fear by taking more batting practice or slowly opening up their stance as time goes on. You should be square at the plate when facing the pitcher. Closing off your stance can give you a false sense of power because it feels like you’re loading up before a swing.
2. The Lean In
Leaning in doesn’t disrupt the swing as much as a closed off stance because this movement only occurs from the waist up. The “lean in” move involves the batter tilting their spine and shoulders over the plate. The “lean in” is common in hitters with great upper body strength. The “lean in” creates more rotational ground to cover and makes the upper body do more work than necessary.
3. High Elbow and Hand Raise
Some hitters will raise their elbow and hands as they load up for a pitch. This is most often witnessed in power hitters who think they’re recruiting power from their arms. This disrupts the swing flow and adds unnecessary movement to the arms. Chances are that power is lost because this transition movement is lengthened. Hitter who use the high elbow often chop down at the ball and hit grounders.
Staying away from these few moves may help increase the fluidity of your swing. Analyzing your swing with Diamond Kinetics’ SwingTracker will give you useful metrics that you can immediately apply to your swing. It provides quantifiable information to all ages and skill ranges of players. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our latest updates and let us know in the comment section below if there any batting moves you try to avoid at the plate.