My son tends to hit the bottom half of the ball and pretty much hits grounders. However, a lot of those are smoked down the 3rd base line and he gets doubles fairly easily. Line drives are an issue for him. His tourny coach says his hands are TOO QUICK, because he can turn on any inside pitch, no matter how hard its thrown. But he is an arm swinger so I think that’s some of the power leak.
I have looked at Mike Espstein’s site, and it makes sense. Any other help would be great. My younger son has the opposite problem, more of an uppercut………
I can vouch for it.
How long is his stride? Does he properly twist the hips in order to bring the hands through the swing. Does he have a vertical plane swing or does he swing down on the ball? Try videoing him in his next game batting without him knowing so he will use his real swing and then post it on here so we can see it to see the causes. Hitting is very similar pitching as far as needing to see video to properly diagnose a cause and solution.
Definately go to Epsteins web site. Just do a search for either Epstein or rotational hitting, then go to Epstein. This technique in batting made a huge difference for not only my son, but for our whole team. My son was a arm and hands swinger till we took for lessons and he learned rotational hitting over the winter. My son hit a lot of ground balls as well, but now he is hitting it hard and line drives over the infield. He’s 11, 5’2″ and 85lbs max. He’s scrawny, but hits it hard with rotational hitting. Well worth it. I am currently teaching my 8yr. old the same technique. Big believer after seeing the results.
Epstein is by far he best.
I will vouch for Epstein as well. Mills and Epstein approach these 2 aspects of the game much the same. Video analysis, mechanics, torque. Started using both this fall with my 12-yr old.
[quote author=”powerhouse” date=”1297755794″]I am a certified Epstein instructor and will tell you if you like Dick you will love Mike.
You might already have gotten there by now.
No Epstein guy in my area but I have him going to local guy that is helping a lot. he teaches rotation seems just like Epstein but he is not an Epstein guy. My 11 year old is absolutely smoking the ball, long through the zone and rotating his hips. My 8 year old is not as fluid but is still doing pretty well.
Someday I would like tot ake both of them to an Epstein camp, maybe Chicago area?
I have been a Mike Esptein subscriber for the past two years and it has transformed my 8 year olds swing from hitting weak ground balls to hard lined shots. I fully stand behind the hitting system and teach it to others on the team. The one problem with using this hitting system with younger ballplayers is their leg muscles haven’t fully developed at this age in order to incorporate the system as intended, but it will lay the foundation of hitting when they do develop more and will be ahead of the game.
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