I am so confused. My twelve year old son has played travel ball since he was eight years old and has been instructed for years to hit the top half of the baseball. The coach of his travel team now is telling him to his the bottom half of the ball so that he will not hit hard ground balls. My son is having a difficult time understanding why he is being told to do this. It is against everything he has been taught to this point. Any thoughts from others would be appreciated. He is very strong for a 12 year old. My idea is that when he hits ground balls that have a high bounced on the infield , he is cutting off his swing or falling back a little on contact. Not the fact that he is hitting the top half of the ball.
As a player I was never taught to hit the top half or bottom half. As a coach I have never taught to hit the top half or bottom half. My son had hitting instructions from college coaches and pro players this winter. No one told him to hit the top or bottom of the ball.
After proper swing mechanics, see the ball, hit the ball hard.
If not mistaken, this was a part of that Video that came out a few years ago from that team that supposedly won 4 AAU Titles in a row. It was also the video which told infielder to tap their gloves with th e ball before throwing it. IMO that video hurt more players techniques then any I have seen. It, by the way, was the video that also sold the ball with the different colors??? And the batter was supposed to call what color he hit??? My advise...see a good pitch and hit it where it is pitched. Keep hands inside the ball and try to drive it up the middle. Take outside pitches and curve balls the other way, by letting them get deep. Don't chase them (in other words dont bring bat head around the ball). Hope this helps. Don
Unlike a few other posters here, I have heard many instructors and coaches teach a player to focus on hitting the top half of the baseball. I think maybe a few people are taking this too literally. The idea is to focus on the ball until contact. The top half of the ball should be the focus, for the simple fact that you can literally see it all the way to contact...the bottom half of the ball cannot be seen so how can you hit something you can't see? Your son's current coach is only causing your son problems...top half=line drives and ground balls...bottom half=whiffs and flyouts.
The swing is not "level"...you have two types the Upper Cut (Adam Dunn) and the normal swing (Albert Pujols). At contact, Alberts bat is going slightly down while Adam's is going upward...if you want your son to hit like Albert teach him top half...if you want your son to hit like Adam teach him bottom half.
Scotty, I understand what your saying but a 12yo, will not grasp this. I have seen too many start chopping down at the ball and hitting grounders not line drives. Once again, at this level (12 yo) See it....Hit it... Don
Coach should coach! Hit the middle!
Never could understand anyone instructing hit the top half... hit the bottom half...
Bologna! (Hold the mayo)
Anyone that teaches hit this half or that half... never faced a 90 mph fastball!
Just hit it! (And hope ya don't miss!)
last pic good example... of how interpretation goes bad.
a coach would say... swing level!
what he REALLY means is... swing level to the incoming pitch!
pitchs fall (go down)
guess what? swings go up!
notice the swing plane through the HITTING ZONE - slightly up, matching the incoming flight path of the ball
it ain't rocket science!
note to cally's last pic...
3 hitting coaches would view that SAME video...
one would say he's swinging down
one would say he's swinging level
one would say he's swinging up
in each of their interpretations... they are all correct!
swing down - swing down to the ball ("short to")
swing level - swing level through the hitting zone to match the incoming flight path of the ball to increase contact probability
swing up - opposite to the downward flight path of the ball
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