Becoming a Complete Hitter
For hitters to reach their potential, they need to be able to hit to all fields. Opposite field, up the middle, and pull-side. The best hitters CAN hit to all fields.
"Unfortunately," most don't practice it.
I've attached a few gifs for you to visually see of hitters doing this correctly below.
Here are a few examples below.
Credit to @joeycunha for the video
Do you notice how the bat angle is up and through the ball vs. out and around?
One of the things that ends up happening when hitters first learn to hit to the opposite field, is they push their hands at the ball to try to force it that way.
I will tell hitters to try to "hit a HR oppo" to avoid them getting into that bad habit.
Here are a few more examples.
Credit to @MLB for clips.
In my opinion, hitters need to start slow in order to go fast. What I mean by that is before they worry about trying to pull the ball, they need to be able to hit the ball to the opposite field.
Even the best hitters you watch on TV who seem like they are always pulling the ball, have the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field with power in batting practice.
I'm going to leave you with this link you can watch where Joey Votto talks about the importance of hitting the ball to all fields.
You can watch it here.
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