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im 5"8 130 and all iv been able to do is hit the wall is their something i can do to get a extra 10 feet

by dawson
(austin texas usa)

Dawson asked:> I need help.

Rick answered: Dawson, thank you for your question.

Without looking at your swing, it is hard to make an assessment on what may be working, and not working, within your mechanics.

Strength may be somewhat of a factor. While you can certainly start today working to become stronger, the results for this goal are longer term.

At this point, in the midst of your season, I would suggest you work to be as mechanically sound as you can. This is a goal with some short term results.

Concentrate on seeing the ball and hitting it hard, preferably line drives and ground balls.

In the photos above, you have some solid mechanics at work. Each of them is balanced over their knees, their eyes are on the baseball at the point of contact.

While you can't see it happen, their hands are the last thing to move. It all happens in miliseconds, but if your hands get ahead of your hips or the turn of your back foot, you have lost your power.

The more you can turn your hips without turning your shoulders, the more power you generate.

The easiest outs to record, outside of strikeouts, are pop flies and fly balls. Work to hit line drives and ground balls.

I was always taught that home runs are line drives gone bad. If you concentrate on the line drives and hitting the ball hard, the distance will come.

Below are links to some additional hitting pages on the site. Good luck as you go forward. Be patient and keep it simple.

Hitting Progressions Advanced

Baseball Hitter Development

Hitting Vision

Please let me know how it is going for you and any additional questions you may have.

Yours in baseball,


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