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Hitters Mindset: Stride


The stride phase of the baseball swing is a critical linear movement where the front foot steps towards the pitcher. This movement requires precise execution to maximize power and balance in the swing. It involves the coordinated movement of several body parts to create a stable and powerful base for the swing.


Key Points:

  1. During the stride phase, the knee on the rear leg, the belly button, and the head should all move towards the pitcher.

  2. The back foot must remain flat and even during the stride.

  3. The front leg should land in an athletic position with the front foot pointed towards the pitcher or at a 45-degree angle.

  4. The back knee should be in line with the back hip, which allows the removal of slack in the legs and presetting of energy in the back hip.

  5. Weight distribution should be balanced, with a 50/50 or 60/40 weight distribution on the back foot.

  6. Alignment must be in a straight line to maintain balance and generate power in the swing.

Drills

  1. Happy Gilmore drill

  2. Skater hop drill

  3. Babe Ruth drill

These drills can help hitters develop proper stride mechanics and improve their overall swing. It's important to avoid lunging or pushing the stride and instead let the back knee control the movement for better control and power.

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