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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...

Albert Pujols - Home Run

Albert Pujols

Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre

...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 rotation.

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.

Hitting Mechanics 101As 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.

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