“It doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish.”
That’s true in many facets of sports, but that’s not true when it comes to the swing. I come across so many hitters that don’t start in the right position and it causes a domino effect that doesn’t allow them to finish strong.
Here are the Top 5 Mistakes Hitters Make In Their Stance.
1. They don’t start 50-50.
There are many young hitters that instead of starting with a balanced 50-50 stance, they end up putting the majority of their weight on their back leg to start.
In my experience hitters that start this way end up with a few problems.
1. In order to get to a good launch position (the position they get to after they stride) they really have to push forward in their weight transfer which can cause an entirely new set of issues
2. They usually get stuck on their backside in their stride or just have weight transfer issues in general.
3. Their eyes/nose/chin get behind their belly button causing posture issues
A good way to tell if you’re 50-50 is looking down at your knees. If the back knee is over your back foot, your weight is too far back. If your back knee is inside the front foot, you’re closer to 50-50.
2. Eyes/Nose/Chin behind center of gravity (or belly button).
When hitters get their eyes, nose and chin behind their belly button in their stance, it means that they are starting in a bad posture and their back shoulder is a little (or sometimes a lot) below their front shoulder. If the hitters shoulders begin uphill (front shoulder higher than back shoulder) this causes a ton of problems in the load and stride and “most” hitters when they get to launch position are even more uphill than when they started and causing an extremely upward swing path.
I get a ton of emails and messages asking me about hitters who “drop their hands” or “drop their shoulders” and how to fix it. Most of the time they are referring to their posture more than there actual swing.