BE PATIENT: WHAT YOU THINK ARE SWING FLAWS MAY BE YOUTH HITTERS’ WAY OF LEARNING TO USE THEIR BODIES

  1. Is this kid strong?
  2. Does he move fast?
  3. Why does his swing look like this?

Here Are Some Observations:

1) Like most 14U players, he is starting to develop natural strength. It’s also the case that proprioception is constantly changing at this age. This alone can put him in unusual positions at times, so I wouldn’t be too concerned with it as long as the focus to accomplish the goal at hand (hitting the ball) is centered around moving fast and swinging hard.

Things to Look At:

Fixes for Drastic Head Tilt:

  1. High tee, low tee — This will help set this hitter’s posture better when approaching the ball. Earlier on, the high tee could benefit the hitter more immediately; however, switching between high and low gives the hitter more stimuli, which will improve the swing long term. Make sure the tee placement isn’t too deep in the zone (like on the plate or behind it).
  1. Offset closed stance This will help hitters decelerate correctly without having to compromise how hard they are trying to swing.
  2. Offset open stance — This will help with the direction (for this hitter, I would make sure they are trying to hit everything between centerfield and left center).
  3. Hook ’em drill — This can help teach hitters a proper hinge, forward movement, the appropriate stride for each individual hitter, and rhythm within the correct direction.

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Chase Glaum

Chase Glaum

|MS,CES,PES| Driveline Academy Coordinator. Former College Coach. Strengths: [Developer, Learner, Relator, Futuristic, Maximizer] Col. 3:23