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Have an Approach at the Plate


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Have an Approach at the Plate


Think Middle
For many hitters, thinking middle helps them hit better.  This doesn’t mean that you have to hit everything up the middle, but basically by having this approach, this allows you to hit more pitches up the middle of the field instead of pulling off of them.  The best hitters can think middle and react in.  For some, thinking middle will cause them to be middle-opposite field hitters which may be better for them than trying to pull the ball if they aren’t good pull hitters.  For many hitters, thinking middle is just a station they use while hitting to get their swing right before they start trying to launch balls.


Sitting Hot Zone & Laying Off Cold Zone Until 2 Strikes
This is the most basic approach we use for our program.  Look for pitches in your hot zone and lay off the cold zone pitches until you get to 2 strikes.  Ideally, your hot zone is bigger so there are several pitches you can swing at.  If your hot zone is small, you need to work on your craft more.

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Middle Out


Middle In

 


Basic 2 Strike Approach
A basic 2 strike approach at the lower levels would be to crowd the plate a little bit, maybe choke up if you need to and think more middle of the field to keep you getting fooled on the offspeed pitches.  This approach may not be the best approach at the highest levels, but from high school level on down, it works very well.    

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Approach Can Change
We aren’t going to list every different possible approach you can have on this page because there are so many things you can think and some hitters adjust from pitch to pitch, at bat to bat, game to game, pitcher to pitcher.

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