Learning how to really hit could cost you!
First we need to talk some real talk. On most travel, high school, and college teams there are only about 2-3 hitters on the team that can really hit. This means they have some pop in their bat and they can hit legitamately over .350. Anyone who is hitting less than .300 with little power has potential, but really is not a solid offensive contributor. So most hitters ( nearly 90 percent) of them are what we call “role player hitters” where they can make contact and move runners over and get the occasional hit.
For the most part this makes for a very average team ( unless the pitching is fabulous of course) and the hitters are playing their role. Show me a team who has hitters with pop and hit for high average ( like between 4-6 of them in the line-up) then you have a team to be reckoned with. This is hardly seen because ball clubs are not trained to be like this. Most are trained to be defensive “move em over move them in” hitters unless they are a proven top notch hitter. So here is the deal; if you let coaches or ball clubs groove you into being a role player hitter, then your career will eventually be cut short by the time you get out of the program. Are you a ” give yourself up for the team” type of player or are you a real hitter who wants to get to the next level ?
If you are the role or team player then good for you, but your more than likely a nice guy who is likable, listens to the coach, and does what he is asked to do. This includes buying into hitting philosophies that help just well enough to make you an average hitter. Again good for you because at least your part of the team and contribute as a team player even though you know that your career might be over when it time to go to the next level.
So why does learning how to really hit become costly?
Why? Because in order to get better you must hit for more power unless your a lead off type hitter. In order to do this you can no longer become a linear hitter and hit with your hands ( unless your super strong). If your smart and want to look into becoming a hitter who can get his body behind the ball more consistently your going to have to look into rotational hitting and try to perfect the mechanics of it. Sounds easy enough right? Nope because it is going to cost you!
Once you learn how to really hit using correct rotational mechanics and start really pounding the ball, expect the coach to disagree with what your doing and give you a hard time about it. When you decide not to listen to him because you are looking to improve your career down the road, the coach will start to write you off because he does not understand what your doing with your swing. This is costly folks. You are fighting for your right to get better as you know there is a great possibility that you will fall out of favor with your coach. Yes costly; and a crappy lesson to learn too wouldn’t you say?
So what do you do?
If it were me, I would work hard to hit the crud out of the ball so that when you swing from your heels and bounce one off the fence the coach can no longer say anything. At least put yourself in a position that your swing changes have obviously helped you hit better where it gives you enough power to nod your head when the coach tells you to swing down on the ball.
Here is the thing. All players that are average hitters always have a chance to become a star hitter if they learn good rotational mechanics and start to get the ball out in the outfield more with the extra umph it takes to make a difference.
My advice would be learn how to really hit and become one of the star hitters as early as you can in your career by avoiding linear or downward- hands to the ball mechanics. This way you can build yourself a reputation as one of the better hitters even if you are just an average athlete. Yes a lot of being a good hitter is in the swing and if you really believe linear mechanics and short and quick hands to the ball techniques are working then just watch MLB hitters who do just the opposite if this ( dip and rip). So the key is to do what you can to build your reputation as a good hitter with pop in your bat so that coaches start to leave you alone.
Is this costly? Why yes it is because you may find yourself thinking and working outside the box and going against the norm for your better good. This will cost you if you cannot handle this type of challenge. If you can’t then you can always just fall in line and just become the role player instead if the star hitter who is going to the next level come hell or high water!