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Hitters Mindset: Loading


When discussing the components of a baseball swing, it's important to focus on the critical process of removing slack "Loading". Just like a car being towed, the linked chain must be taken out of slack before the car can be pulled away. Similarly, in the baseball swing, removing slack is when the upper body is in the process of getting into a 100% loaded position and can launch instantly.


Starting with the loading component, it's important to understand that loading is primarily an upper body movement. By closing the gap between thought and swing, loading is essential for launch quickness. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  1. Launch quickness is crucial for a successful swing.

  2. Hands should be kept close to the back shoulder.

  3. The scapula muscle should be loaded close to the spine to create resistance in the core.

  4. The front shoulder should slightly turn toward the catcher to initiate the loading process.

  5. The elbow should be in line with the shoulders to maintain proper mechanics.


By practicing the "Loading" component, you'll be well on your way to mastering the essential components of a successful baseball swing.

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