50 Things a Hitter Needs to Do to Be Successful at the Plate

50 Things a Hitter Needs to Do to Be Successful at the Plate presents a detailed list of techniques that you can use to become a more successful hitter. Based upon his personal experiences and observations from when he played professional baseball, Luis Ortiz explains and demonstrates each factor in a way that is simple and direct. This course is designed to be appropriate for baseball coaches and players at all competitive levels.

Among the topics covered:

-Expecting to succeed
-Knowing yourself as a hitter
-Reading the pitcher
-Knowing the hitting situation
-Being consistent
-Adhering to sound mechanics
-Making adjustments

1 Intro
2 Expect to Succeed
3 Know Yourself as a Hitter
4 Visualize
5 Figure Out How the Pitcher is Trying to Get You Out
6 Learn How to Approach Every Pitch
7 Always Look for the Pitcher's Fastest Pitch
8 Know Your Hitting Situations
9 Think About Hitting the Ball Hard, Not Far
10 Think About Swinging Fast, Not Hard
11 Blow Your Hands Away From You
12 Be Consistent
13 Make Adjustments
14 Be Smooth
15 Use a Bat You Can Stop and Accelerate at Will
16 Have a Stance that Works for You
17 Be Soft
18 Land and Stride on Time
19 Have Proper Timing
20 Separate Your Hands from the Stride
21 Separate the Stride from the Swing
22 Stay Tall and Away from the Ball
23 See the Ball Properly
24 Let the Ball Get Deep
25 Get to a Strong Position to Hit
26 Swing at a Good Pace
27 Avoid Wasted Movements at the Beginning of the Swing
28 Start Your Swing with Maximum Power
29 Swing as Fast as You Can
30 Create Torque
31 Coordinate the Hands with the Back Feet
32 Use the Power Line Within Your Swing
33 Swing Within Your Axis of Rotation
34 Use Your Hands Properly
35 Keep Your Body Back and Throw the Hands in Front
36 Stay Inside the Ball
37 Bat Awareness
38 Hit the Ball as You Are Turning
39 Have a Strong Grip on Contact
40 Palm Up / Palm Down Positions
41 Hit the Ball at an Angle
42 Hit Through the Ball
43 The 3 Sounds of the Swing
44 Keep Your Feet Apart at Least Until Contact
45 Turn First Then Push Through the Ball
46 You Have to Have a Complete Pivot of the Back Feet
47 Drive Your Knee Down
48 Your Front Leg Must Be Firm
49 Your Back Leg Turns One Unit
50 Accelerate Through the Ball
51 Finish Your Swing

LuisOrtiz Luis Ortiz Former MLB Third Base Player / Designated Hitter

Luis Ortiz grew up playing baseball in the Dominican Republic. He earned a baseball scholarship from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he set many of Union's batting average and home-run records, and established the NAIA career record for slugging percentage. In 1991, Luis was drafted in the eighth round by the Boston Red Sox. Subsequently, he played 14 years of professional baseball, part of which he spent in the majors with the Red Sox and the Texas Rangers. For most of his minor-league career, he consistently hit over .300. Upon retiring from professional baseball, Luis went back to college and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Currently, Luis is working on developing a state-of-the-art baseball school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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