How Should a Hitter Stride?
By Garrett Gordon
Many young hitters have an issue with their stride length. By using a rope or band to help them feel where they need to be can help get them in a more athletic position.
I get a lot of questions weekly on how far a hitter should stride. It all depends! Mainly body size and starting stance width will help determine where a hitter should stride. But first you have to understand if you are under striding or over striding. By using band or rope this can help hitters understand where they need to be and how to get there!
Take Pride in Your Stride
Youth hitters tend to neglect how important their stride is. The stride is more than just stepping forward. It’s your timing, rhythm, load, the set up and so much more. With that being said sometimes with younger kids you have to get creative. Barking at them to stride more or stride less while they are trying to hit can be quite annoying for a hitter. Getting them set up by using a band or rope will help them understand what they need to do!
Stop over striding
The overstride in a hitters swing isn’t as common as hitters failing to gain ground and move forward. But on occasion, I will have a hitter who overdoes it and gets into an extremely unathletic position. With the feet and legs being so far spread apart it makes it very hard for a hitter to gain hip extension through the ball. Due to the fact that being that wide locks their lower body up. By using a roper and tying two loops at the end can literally stop a hitter from doing this bogged down move.
Stop Under striding
This is more common than understanding, especially when hitters are timid to move forward. The right stride allows hitters to create space and get athletic. When you don’t gain ground in your stride you lose that ability to get fully loaded. Rhythm and timing is then somewhat compromised and then hitters compensate with their upper body to then regain some space then never created. By using the band looped around your legs hitters have to create that tension and space to get the most out of this drill/concept.
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