How To Crush The Curveball: Why are some hitters great in practice but struggle in the game?
Well - sometimes I think it's because they struggle with the off-speed.
It's easy to hit the fast-ball. If I tell you a fastball is coming and you can't put a good swing on it...
...go play soccer. 😉
Here's the thing...you get great at hitting the off-speed or breaking ball pitch by Zoning up & Loading late.
You zone up by looking and hunting for a pitch up in the zone.
You know you're doing it right when you're consistently driving mistake pitches in the gap.
You know you're doing it wrong when your chasing pitches in the dirt.
Loading late means pushing the plate back in your mind while allowing the ball to travel just a tick more in the zone.
You know you're doing it right when you're consistently using the big part of the field while hitting the ball hard.
You know you're doing it wrong when you're pulling pitchers you have no business pulling.
When you get great at zoning up and loading late, you'll:
- become a better two-strike hitter
- increase your plate discipline
- look like a hitter w/ some instincts. (Goes a long way when being scouted)
I break this entire process down with a demonstration on training the off-speed approach.
Watch: Hitting The Off-Speed. [QAB Hitting Video]
QAB Tip: How great you compete when you're not getting hits will determine how far you make it in this game
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