To perform excellent swings, it is important for us to understand specific core principles. Unfortunately, pitchers tend to mess up batters’ balance and timing. As a result, we may not be able to always perform ideal movements in each swing. Core elements essentially depend on one another and it is important for players to execute best swings properly. We should also work well together to maximize any of the hitting action. Here five common elements in achieving a perfect swing:
- Good weight transfer
- Hands led by hips
- Levelling or matching the swinging plane to the pitch
- Ideal contact with the ball
- Stay inside the ball
These elements are essential if we want to have excellent swings, but due to various reasons, it may not be possible to achieve all of them at once. Even the most successful baseball players can’t always perfectly hit the ball, because they may occasionally lack any of these elements due to specific unavoidable situations. Even so, we should still be able to maximize our chance by trying to achieve success. Many athletes agree that hitting a fast-moving baseball accurately is one of the most difficult things in the entire world of sports. However, learning how to hit a fast-moving baseball accurately can be more difficult.
Successful pitchers are those who manage to steal any of the important elements from the hitter. When pitchers seem to deliberately do this in purpose, hitters could try to adapt and surprise them with unexpected moves. In fact, hitters with excellent elements could still struggle and look awkward, if pitchers are smart enough to take advantage of the situation. This doesn’t mean that hitters have bad hitting mechanics; it is just that they are unable to keep up with pitchers’ strategy. Hitters should make sure that they have proper tempo, timing and rhythm. Whatever the reason, we shouldn’t let pitchers throw off our mechanics.
Two-strike situation can be somewhat challenging for hitters, especially if they are concerned with staying perfect with their appearance. In this case, they should try to focus on what they need to do, that is to make contact with the baseball and send it to far enough spots accurately. If hitters have any thought of putting perfect performance, such an assumption is already out of the windows during the two-strike situation. It is better to make necessary adjustments, so batters can hit the ball accurately on the next throw.
A perfect swing isn’t really about making a one-hit homerun every time, because nobody can ever do that. It is more about making proper adjustments to changes. Pitchers won’t throw their balls the same way every time, so no two swings will ever look identical. In general, we could start by mastering key elements of batting and expand our skills from there. We could reach higher level consistently by maximizing our swings. Frustration may escalate and hitting accuracy may suffer, if we insist on having perfect performance.