Squishing The Bug
Some people believe that it is important that hitters be on
the ball of their feet at the Point Of Contact. This is variously
known and taught as "squishing the bug", "squish the bug",
"squashing the bug", and "squash the bug". Proponents of this
idea includes some
people who instruct at the major league level.
However, while it's easy to find pictures of hitters who
appear to squish the bug...
...as I explain in
Truth in Hitting, squishing the bug can create a number of
problems and isn't even guaranteed to create any significant hip
A Necessary Transitional Stage?
As the word has gotten out that Squishing the Bug at the
Point Of Contact is a myth, one thing I have seen is people
starting to advocate Squishing the Bug as a necessary transitional
stage; as the best way to teach hitters how to rotate.
As I explain in
Hitting Mechanics 101, coaches, parents, and
hitters have to be aware of a number of gotcha's that can result
from teaching Squishing the Bug, even as a transitional stage.
Hitting Mechanics 101 discusses a number of much
more effective ways of teaching Rotation, which is one of the
keys of the High-Level Swing.
Fixing Squishing the Bug
Squishing the Bug is a big enough issue that I have
developed a number of drills that help fix Squishing the Bug
and that are available as part of
Hitting Mechanics 101.