Get A Grip

June 29, 2015

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“Line up your knuckles!” Every time I hear a hitting coach give this instruction, I shake my head.  When this advice first became popular, I was confused.  Which knuckles should hitters align?  We all have three (3) sets of knuckles on each hand—the base knuckles, the middle knuckles, and the top knuckles. This means there are […]

Hands Back……Don’t Push!

June 18, 2015

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As I was watching batting practice at Wrigley Field before the Cubs played the Cincinnati Reds, Todd Frazier caught my eye.  Frazier is the hot hitting third baseman for the Reds, who is currently on pace to hit 50 doubles and 50 home runs this season. What struck me was the position of his hands at set-up, just before he initiated his swing. […]

Kasey Cooper—Must See TV

June 5, 2015

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The NCAA women’s college softball playoffs are always a showcase for a national television audience to see some of the best hitters in the country.  This year, as soon as I saw Kasey Cooper of Auburn University hit, I knew I needed to review her hitting mechanics on this blog. In 2015, Kasey was recognized as a First Team […]

Barn of Dreams

May 28, 2015

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I’m not sure what it is about Iowa, but I seem to be inspired whenever I visit this great state. After visiting the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa back in 1991, an idea struck me out of the blue. It was a simple adjustment that is now the basis for the hitting mechanics I have taught to baseball and […]

Shut Up and Hit!

May 10, 2015

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My cousin Joe’s son, Nick Petricca, is the lead singer for the popular group Walk The Moon. http://www.walkthemoonband.com/ Their smash hit, Shut Up and Dance, can be heard frequently on the radio, streaming online, on television, in night clubs, and even in ballparks around the country. Frequently, the Wheaton College Softball Team would practice this past […]

Take Control Of The Batter’s Box

April 17, 2015

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The duel between hitters and pitchers is similar to the battle between two prize fighters in the boxing ring. Instead of punches and counterpunches, it is pitch selection/location for pitchers and hitting adjustments for baseball and softball players. I always get frustrated watching hitters step into the batter’s box and position themselves in the same place before every pitch. Pitchers […]

Hummmmmm While You Hit

March 22, 2015

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I was recently working with a college hitter in the batting cage to “smooth out” her swing. Her mechanics are solid, but she has a tendency to force the bat into the ball with her arms and wrists, instead of letting it happen naturally with the powerful rotation of her body.  When she does this, her […]

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