Proactive v. Reactive:
- Going to the plate trying to react to both a fastball and a curveball is nearly impossible.
- It is vital that you understand the idea of “sitting” on a pitch in counts where you don’t have 2 strikes on you.
- Committing to a specific pitch in each count, allows you to time the pitcher much more effectively.
- If you don’t get the pitch you are looking for, don’t swing, there’s a reason you get 3 strikes. (Again, we are talking about having less than 2 strikes on us).
- Sit on either “fast” or “slow” but never both.
- We should never be swinging at a curveball if we are sitting on a fastball. Learning how to take a pitch that fools you is a staple of all good hitters.
Set Your Sights:
- If you are sitting on a curveball, set your sights at the top of the zone.
- If the curveball comes out of the hand at the top of the zone, you can be pretty confident it will end up right down the middle, in your power zone.
- We are not just sitting curveball, we are sitting on a curveball in the right part of the strike zone.
- Even if you are expecting a curveball, you need to be disciplined enough, with your eyes, to lay off a pitch in the dirt.
2 Strike Approach:
- With 2 strikes our approach becomes more reactionary.
- Our only goal with two strikes is to not get beat by a fastball, so your lower body needs to be timed up for that pitch.
- In the very likely event that you get a curveball with two strikes, understand that you don’t need to do much to get a hit.
- Even if your lower body is out in front of the pitch, the ball has back spin and thus it will be easier to drive.
- If you get a curveball with two strikes, prioritize making solid contact over swing hard.
- Shorten the swing, be quick to the ball, and put it in play.
- 2 strike hitting is about our hands and eyes making solid contact and less about our legs being on time to drive a pitch over the fence.