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NC Baseball Academy | Hitting Overview

NC Baseball Academy uses the Right View Pro Hitting System and Rapsodo as our platform to teach all hitters regardless of age or ability level. The Right View Pro Hitting System teaches the 8 efficient moves used by all Major League Hitters! Every advanced hitter, regardless of level of play, has their own style of hitting but the common denominators, to a large degree, are all very similar.  NC Baseball Academy has studied these movements and believes this approach allows hitters of all ages to adapt and learn quickly how to become an elite hitter.

“Player development is accelerated by the proper learning environment and proper training methods. NCBA has them both! The facilities and instructional staff at NCBA are the finest I have seen on the east coast!”  –MLB Scouting Director

Stance

How you set up in the batter’s box is mostly a matter of preference and style. The goal is to find a stance that allows you to consistently get into a good hitting position with timing.

Hitters need to be comfortable in the Stance position and should strive to be athletic and in position to see the pitcher with both eyes.

A Neutral Stance, feet are parallel, can allow the hitter to be athletic without a lot of unnecessary movements and is typically easier to master. The Open Stance and Closed Stance are options and can be used to see the pitcher better early and to create some rhythm to get the body moving.

Toe Touch

Toe Touch or “Ready Position” is the position the hitter will start the actual swing from. Getting to a good ready position with timing is the hardest part of hitting, and this is where most of the problems in the swing originate.

Toe Touch describes how the lead foot contacts the ground as the hitter is getting into a great ready position to swing the bat. As the hitter moves to Toe Touch they are striding towards the pitcher and gaining ground.

The hands should be moving back during this time to get set , somewhere near the back shoulder , with the bat knob angled down towards the catcher with the bat barrel up and slightly angled towards the pitcher.

Heel Switch

The Heel Switch position is where the heel of the stride foot gets firmly planted on the ground and the back foot lifts, hence the term Heel Switch.

This movement is causing a shift in weight from the back side to the front side and starts transitioning the hitter into rotation. The Heel Switch establishes the front hip as the main pivot point for rotation. It also stops forward movement and the head is centered in the stance and level.

The hands remain near the back shoulder during this movement with a slight movement forward.

Connection

Connection is the position in the swing where we can see how well the upper body and lower body are working together. As the hitter is rotating to swing the bat you will see the back shoulder, the elbow, the hip and the back knee lined up with one another showing that the hitters body movements are synced up and firing correctly to deliver the best swing possible.

Bat Lag

The Bat Lag is the position where the barrel of the bat is just prior to entering the strike zone. Bat Lag is where the bat gets on plane with the ball and if done correctly will produce the most consistent hard contact with the pitch. Good Bat Lag also helps produce good release of the bat barrel through the ball which equals more bat speed.

Hips should be near fully rotated at this point.

 

Contact

Contact is the moment of truth in the swing. Contact position is the result of how well the hitter executed the previous principles of the swing. Good contact is the goal of all good hitters. The more solid contact you make on a consistent basis the more chances you give yourself to be successful and produce good results. Good contact is a byproduct of good bat control, rhythm and timing.

 

Extension

Extension is the hitters position when both arms get fully extended after solid contact with the baseball. Extension is a good indicator of how well the hitter released the barrel of the bat, and how well they hit through the ball. The bat barrel should extend out to the middle of the field on all balls contacted to ensure the type extension you want as a good hitter. If extension happens early, meaning the hitter extend his arms fully before contact then the exit velocity and trajectory of the ball can be poor which will equal poor results.

Follow through      

The Follow Through is a good indicator of the hitter’s swing path, and should occur naturally after extension. All good hitters are striving for a higher follow through on their swings which indicates good contact, good extension and a bat path that matches the plane of the ball well. The goal of most good hitters is to finish the swing with two hands on the bat but it is common to see a one hand finish after a really  good extension and it is a by-product of the high follow through where the hands just no longer can both finish on the bat. Both follow throughs are acceptable except when the one hand follow through happens from poor bat path and direction of the swing producing a low follow through and roll over effect on the batted ball.