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 […]

Hitting With Torque Goes Global

March 1, 2015

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WordPress.com recently provided a detailed summary of the traffic for Hitting With Torque in 2014.  To my surprise, people in 71 countries visited the site to read my thoughts on hitting.  This trend appears to be continuing and expanding. I am really intrigued by the international interest in baseball and softball hitting.  I often answer […]

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Let The Game Come To You

February 17, 2015

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“One of my favorite sayings in sports and in life is “Let the game come to you”.  Simply put, this means “Don’t force things—Be patient—Don’t try too hard.” Sometimes, the best strategy is to slow down and allow the natural forces around us to provide guidance when we have a big decision to make or when we need direction to […]

A Hitting Lesson From Cavemen

February 1, 2015

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  Successful baseball and softball hitters use a concept first discovered by the earliest humans…Leverage. Here is the definition of a “lever“…“A rigid bar that pivots about one point and that is used to move an object at a second point by a force applied at a third point.” I’m not a physicist, but I’ll try to translate this definition […]

The Dominican Natural

January 21, 2015

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He has never had a hitting lesson.  His baseball shoes are sandals. He has never seen a baseball game on television. He practices on a patch of dirt surrounded by tiny homes in a village that is lost in the middle of a sea of sugar cane. He plays baseball all day and often into the night. His swing is […]

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