3 Things You Should NEVER Do When Hitting! – Baseball Hitting Tips

What’s up guys? Coach Madden, official trainer, YouGoProBaseball.com
and today we’ve got 3 things that you should never do when hitting or 3 things that your
coaches, I hear a lot of coaches say, that are not true. I’ve got Coach Nick Shaw here. He played with the Brewers organization last
year. He was a lead off hitter, a great hitter. He also runs a travel team, the St. Pete Stingers,
and they’re starting an 11u team this year so if you’re an 11u player in the St. Pete
area or surrounding area, please check him out at thebattersbox.co on Instagram or his
website thebattersbox.co. Now, at the youth level, I understand that
a lot of you coaches are volunteers and maybe haven’t played that much baseball or have
gone that far or are that knowledgable, you’re just helping out and are doing what you can
and we appreciate that and we appreciate all the help and support that you bring to this
sport, but these 3 things, if you’re doing them, please stop, because they’re not right. The first thing that I always see is squish
the bug. Coaches say squish the bug, turn the hips,
squish the bug, hips, hips, hips, turn the hips. What do you think about that? How does it really work and what are you supposed
to being doing? So, they’re telling them to squish the bug,
which then opens this hip up, opens the shoulder up, and everything flies this way. Instead of staying inside the ball and trying
to drive everything to the middle of the field. Like I referenced earlier Bryce Harper and
Mike Trout, if you watch them in videos, great hitters, they’re coming through like this
on the toe, Bryce Harper is in the air, Mike Trout is dragging the the back foot. So please drive this back leg with your hands,
instead of rotating around the ball. The second thing that I always hear too is
coaches saying swing down on that ball or even have a level swing. How actually should the swing be? So the whole swinging down thing I believe
is what they thought when they were talking about the knob starts down to the ball and
then the bat comes, however they translate it different and actually think that kids
should actually be swinging down or otherwise swinging up or whatever they’re teaching. It should be behind the baseball, behind the
baseball as long as you can. It’s not going to be a completely level swing
because the ball isn’t coming at a completely level plane. So we should be behind the ball and in the
path of the ball as long as we can. That’s a great one and the 3rd thing that
I always hear is get your elbow up. Get that elbow up, get that elbow up little
Johnny, get that elbow up. But how does this really work? So the elbow up thing is very common in little
league as you said. The first thing that happens is again, the
bat starts to drop and we’re tight as you can see we come around the ball. The first action for your back elbow is to
get into the slot here so the further we get cranked up here the further we have to go
to get in the slot and you see what happens to the barrel of the bat when we do. So keep it tight here, right into the slot. I don’t know about you but I see a lot of
big league guys but when they are up there they kind of bring those elbows together almost
like when they’re getting ready kind of staying nice and tight. You do see a lot of guys getting up there
pretty high but you can see when they get that load and the elbow comes back, they’re
still a lot tighter and not up and back this way. Those are great points there. I really appreciate it. Again, if you’re an 11u player in the St.
Pete area you want to check out the Stingers. Coach Nick is going to be coaching this year
and don’t forget to go check out his website thebattersbox.co also his instagram @thebattersbox.co
he’s got some great stuff over there and if you haven’t already, please hit that subscribe
button, click my logo right here, then click the subscribe button. Go check out my most recent video over here. Leave Coach Nick and I a comment below and
let us know which of these 3 things you’ve heard before, which ones you do or don’t do,
and name some other ones. I know there’s some other ones put them down
there I want to hear them. We’ll talk to you guys down there. Thanks

45 thoughts on “3 Things You Should NEVER Do When Hitting! – Baseball Hitting Tips

  1. Hi. I have been having a rough season in 12 u and I could not get a hit but I found your channel a month ago a now when I go up to the plate I get a hit all most every time

  2. my coaches always said to have an uppercut swing (they wanted me to hit homerun runs-I'm a pretty big kid 11 years old and 5'10" ) I did basically what you said it stop 2 on my own concius and hot 5 homeruns in 7 at bats

  3. This is a random question but I'm watching the college world series and noticed them using aluminum bats. I'm curious as to why.

  4. go pro, im a pretty short guy and this is my third season on the 90 foot bases, we're playing on a high school field, any advice so I a better advantage at the plate, and have more power, im a newer sub

  5. pete rose says to go down on the ball like chopping wood but you said don't I'm kinda confused which one is right?

  6. Heard all three and still hear them…and actually said them years ago, then I learned better. Along the same lines a swing down/level you hear hands/knob to the ball, but one I've hear is "watch the ball hit the bat…"

  7. I've heard all 3 of those and have had to discuss this with my son as he has questioned what he has been told by other coaches. I really liked your explanations on what is actually meant.

  8. "Drive the back leg with the hands"? Geez, that's as bad as, "squish the bug". Just an fyi, the back foot of Trout and Harper (and almost all the great hitters) drag or come up off the ground because they have developed forward momentum into front foot landing and they have thrusted their hips open (but not their shoulders…similar to pitching) in an almost violent way which pulls the back hip (and consequently the leg and foot) forward. It has absolutely nothing to do with the hands…

  9. John, the, "get the elbow up" verbal cue is actually not all that bad…more good than bad. Case in point, take a look at your boy Trout. He has a nice "rowing" motion of the back elbow that pulls it up (about shoulder level or slightly higher) and behind him (towards the dugout, not the umpire). David Wright also comes to mind. Harper takes it a little to the extreme and get his hands significantly higher than his back shoulder. Heck, a majority of the great hitters do it. The function of getting the elbow up and back ("hiding the hands" from the pitcher is a good verbal cue) is to assist with the torque that must be created if a player wants to hit with power…

  10. John, no disrespect is intended to you or Mr. Shaw, but this video is a good example of someone who could play the game but isn't very good at explaining it. It is very common for some of the best players at the highest level to not have a clue on how to teach the art/science of hitting a baseball. Again, no disrespect, but I have to thumbs down this one.

  11. Good intentions; bad execution. This is a strike out video. John, you've talked about proper elbow spacing in another video and then show Nick pinching his elbows and barring his lead arm (which promotes a downward bat path… the very thing you are warning against). And worse, there is nothing said about getting the bat 'on-plane'… the lead forearm/bat forming a straight line, let alone, proper shoulder tilt to match the bat plane. I guarantee that video of Nick would show his bat on-plane… he just has no idea about proper body rotation, elbow spacing AND worse… how to explain it. Come on, John… you've done better. Nick, study MLB swings… you'll retract most of what you said! Rawdog has it right!! Good intentions; bad execution.

  12. I really feel the "get the elbow up" is really more of a don't drop your back shoulder which with elbow up is pretty hard to do

  13. from the right side, everything i hit is like a sinking line drive and comes off the bat feeling soft. none of my hits carry in the air. how can i fix this

  14. Donaldson moves his hands up when he loads not down. Heck, tons of big leaguers put their elbows up high.

  15. Man the elbow thing here if crazy!! I fight to change that with kids all of the time!! Then add parents in that have no freaking clue but try to coach over you…. some of them just need throat punched! lol

  16. Nick Shaw could not hit more than .270 in the minors, also sporting a nice .195 in 2015. So take his advice with a grain of salt

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