How to Correct Stepping in the Bucket and Dropping the Back Shoulder
Joey Votto getting Spinal Tilt towards the Catcher
Hi Joey, I noticed my son will drop his front foot out to the side when he is swinging and then dip his back shoulder which results in a pop up or foul out or if lucky a weak hit over second base. It looks like he does it most of the time on a low pitch. How do you correct this bad habit?
Swing Smarter Response:
Hey Dave, this is the first time anyone on Swing Smarter has asked about how to correct stepping in the bucket. I have a great drill for that, video courtesy of the Hitting Yoda, Chas Pippitt:
We're utilizing a dysfunctional movement correction fix called Reactive Neuromuscular Training, or RNT.
Basically, we "feed the mistake" and the body has to counter-balance. In this case, stepping in the bucket, whereas the band helps to build the necessary muscles to remedy dysfunctional swing muscle memory.
"When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip"
As for dipping the rear shoulder, the problem there is your son isn't letting the ball get deep enough and is trying to make contact too far out front.
The back shoulder should dip, depending on height of the pitch (the lower the pitch, the more the dip), BUT the hitter MUST be patient and let the ball travel.
In order to get on plane of a slight downward angled pitch trajectory, then a downward angle of the shoulders towards the plate, and slightly back (60 degree spinal tilt) toward the catcher is natural and highly recommended.
I hope this helps Dave, if you have anymore questions, then please post below my response :D