Re: Youth hitters hitting fast pitchers
Hitting a fastball is largely about the timing, mechanics, and bat speed.
Timing should start while the pitcher is going into his delivery. If the batter waits until the ball is on its way, he will be behind the ball.
Mechanically, be sure the batter stays back on his back foot, thrusts the knob at the ball and snaps his wrists as he shifts and rotates his hips. Long arm swings are unproductive, especially against fastballs.
I believe swinging a weighted bat while warming up (not during an actual at bat) will improve bat speed when actually batting. The weighted bat will make their game bat feel lighter. I like to see players own a weighted bat that they can swing around at home. Also, make sure they are not using bats that are too heavy when batting in the game.
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Last edited by Spitball; 06-14-2011 at 04:43 PM.