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Myths About Hitting

Many people believe passionately in, and teach, ideas and cues that don't hold up to close scrutiny. Some of those ideas and cues include...

Truth in HittingIf you are interested in learning more about the myths of hitting, Truth in Hitting is a great place to start. It is an in-depth look at the most common, and most destructive, myths and misconceptions about hitting. That includes the myths and misconceptions that limited the swing of Andres Torres and that he had to understand before he was able to be successful in the major leagues.

Kids Have to Swing Differently

While it's true that most kids' swings are very different than the swings of major leaguers, I have seen enough kids who are able to copy the hitting mechanics of major leaguers that I believe that the big difference is just due to instruction and experience.

A Good Swing By A Young Hitter

A Good Swing By A Young Hitter

A Good Swing By A Young Hitter

Of course, kids and females aren't as strong as adult baseball players. That's why they play on smaller fields and, more importantly, swing lighter bats. That lets them use the same mechanics as the best ballplayers in the world.

Level Swing

When it comes to the leagues that my kids play in, perhaps the most popular cue that I hear coaches and parents use is, "Level swing." The problem is that, if you look at pictures of good hitters, it's rare to ever find a picture of a good hitter swinging with their bat level to the ground.

Don Mattingly's Swing

Don Mattingly

For instance, Don Mattingly may be the chief salesman for the level swing, but here he is with a swing that is anything but level to the ground.

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Truth In HittingIf you are interested in learning more about the myths of hitting, Truth in Hitting is a great place to start. It is an in-depth look at the most common, and most destructive, myths and misconceptions about hitting. That includes the myths and misconceptions that limited the swing of Andres Torres and that he had to understand before he was able to be successful in the major leagues.

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