Part 2: Sure Fire Hitting Instruction Strategy to Troubleshoot Any Result!

ATTENTION!!  Some of the hitting instruction article links on this page are outdated (I've labeled the ones as such)...I DO NOT subscribe to the true-blue-Down-and-Through swing philosophy anymore.  For more cutting edge hitting technique information, please visit The Truth About Explosive Rotational Power.  Thank you so much for reading :)

In the following hitting instruction content we'll dive into the true KISS method of hitting, Keep It Simple Stupid, as we look into a fool proof troubleshooting strategy even a 2nd Grader can understand.

We'll reveal How To:

  • Make a simple adjustment if you're hitting too many fly balls,
  • Quit hitting the ball on the ground so much and get that laser beam line drive, and ultimately
  • Simplify hitting down to a single grain of sand, expert testimony from a star Major Leaguer.

Are you ready for the secret strategy? If you read Part 1, then you read the concept, remember the DYNAMITE, Down & Through method of hitting? Well, not only does this technique start fires, but it can help to put them out...slump fires that is.

When we troubleshoot any swing, always come back to Down & Through. This is the 20% of information taking care of 80% of swing results.

Let me explain,

Simply put, the DOWN part of the equation is responsible for being short to it, right? Well, getting the ball out of the air and onto the ground is the other part of it. The THROUGH responsibility is to get the ball in the air, and when you mix the two a guided missile with backspin results!

The bottom line?

Our main hitting instruction objective is a line drive, and we won't settle for anything less.

For instance...

If you're a righty, and you roll over a ball, pulling it on the ground to the left side, what do you need to do more of? More DOWN or more THROUGH? More THROUGH. If you're a righty, and you pop a ball up to the right side of the field, do you need more DOWN or more THROUGH? More DOWN is correct.

Why?

With the first scenario, for a righty, most likely if they're hitting the baseball on the ground, they have an excited top hand rushing out of the swing plane causing a bump in the hitting zone...to erase the bump of rolling over too soon, they need to push the top hand (palm up, like a horizontal uppercut) through the 3 baseballs more.

The second scenario...on most pop ups, the barrel drops low too soon in the swing. Remember what makes the barrel drop before the barrel gets into the hitting zone? The bottom hand knob comes UP and/or the bottom hand elbow comes UP, so you need a little more knob DOWN in the swing.

Sound hitting instruction troubleshooting is like baking a cake, too much salt or sugar and the cake is ruined, but just the right amount can have you craving it into the wee hours of the morning.

It's the same with hitting, too much DOWN leaves you struggling to get out of the infield, and too much THROUGH can leave you frustrated to get the ball out of the air. Using the KISS method of hitting, in addition to Down & Through hitting instruction cues leaves you with a line drive swing with Magna Force backspin working for you.

Short to it, long through it, is the key, and always come back to Down & Through when troubleshooting swing results.

Please visit some of the other articles going into more depth throughout the website.

P.S. Almost forgot, a quote from Billy Williams in an interview featured in the fantastic book The Mental Game Of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance, authored by H.A Dorfman and Karl Kuehl, talked about how Billy Williams made adjustments at the plate after swinging and missing (talk about Keeping It Simple):

"Hey, when you swing and miss, you're either swinging under the ball or over it. Most of the time, under it. If you're late, you are on your fists. If you're early, you're on the end. So there isn't really much to think about."

It really is that simple, so when you find yourself in information paralysis, dig up this quote, and just "See it and hit it!"

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