Fouling Pitches Straight Back? You’re Probably Just Late.
By: Chas Pippitt
Pop-ups…Everyone hates them. Coaches, Parents, Hitters…(pitchers don’t count).
So why do they happen? There are a few obvious reasons like swinging too low or dropping your hands. If you think dropping your hands is the problem, check out the videos below and get that fixed asap.
However, one reason is a little less obvious, and the time your spending on your ‘mechanics’ may be a complete waste of time.
The Shape of the Swing
Essentially, The swing looks like a Nike Swoosh. We have all seen the Nike Logo perhaps millions of times in our lives. The swing is a checkmark, with the bat head accelerating back behind the hitter, sideways into the zone, and then carrying on forward towards centerfield. The main issue I see with players with a good bat path and swing mechanics who foul balls back and hit too many pop-ups is they’re simply late!
Check out the video below for more information on depth and how being ‘further out on the swoosh’ will eliminate most of your foul balls and pop-ups assuming your mechanics are good.
Most hitters instantly think ‘MECHANICS!!’ when they’re struggling with pop-ups or foul balls. In fact, many times the players simply aren’t giving their bat enough time/distance to travel UP the slope of the swoosh before contact.
Tee Work CAN Make this WORSE! Tee Placement Matters!
So, if you’re training by yourself, check on where you’re putting the tee when hitting off the tee. Are you hitting balls ‘too deep’ in your path and creating a contact point that’s on the bottom of the swoosh? If so, put the tee further out in front. That’s part of the reason the Launch Angle Tee and Adapter are both angled forward. Don’t train yourself to feel ‘comfortable’ with a super deep contact point. The power is out front! So swing sooner, and hit the ball further ‘down the line’ of the swoosh and your pop ups will be a thing of the past.
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