Part 5: Stand In The Same Spot Every Time

Stand in the same spot in the box every single time. Every single professional hitter knows where they stand in the box and keeps it consistent (except for very rare circumstances like the guy is throwing 100). This is important for many reasons, here is why it’s so important:

    1. We want hitting to feel routine and easy like we’re brushing our teeth.
    2. When something is routine you do it the same way every time.
    3. When you stand in the same spot in the box every time you have a much better feel for your strike zone.
      1. If you are different distances from the plate say one at-bat to the other, how would you be able to tell where the outside or inside corner is? You could be thinking the umpire screwed you on an outside pitch but really you were just standing further from the plate that at-bat. 
      2. If you are different distances from the pitcher by being up or back in the box from one at-bat or one game to the next, how will you be able to consistently time fastballs? You may be missing by a couple of inches because you keep moving up or back in the box a couple of inches from one at-bat to the next.
    4. By standing in the same spot we are saying that you need to be the same distance from the pitcher’s rubber, and the plate every at-bat.
    5. Many hitters do this by touching the plate in the same spot every time they get into the box. The plate will always be the same distance from the rubber of the mound, and if you can be the same proximity from the plate every at bat, you’re golden. Lots of guys do this by touching the plate with their hand that’s closer to the pitcher in the back middle of the plate or the back outside corner of the plate.