Batters Box Battle

At practice, we as coaches tend to spend most, if not all of our hitting time on the mechanics of the swing and getting reps in BP. A few years ago after realizing that we had some players who had perfect mechanics and weren’t hitting above .200, I chose to reevaluate what were we doing […]

Baseball Swing vs. Softball Swing

A hot topic over the years in hitting has been the debate over the difference between a baseball vs softball swing. Let me preface my answer to this debate by saying, I’ve been in “the game” almost 40 years now. Have coached for over 17 of them. 13 in baseball and 4 in softball. I’ve […]

Two Strike Hitting: Why Striking Out Isn’t The Worst Outcome

Two strike hitting is one of the toughest things we have to do as hitters.  As coaches, we always talk to our players about having a “Two Strike Approach” (meaning what we do at the plate differently when we have two strikes). The majority of coaches teach their hitters (as I did for several years) […]

MLB Swing: Josh Donaldson’s Point of View

“There have been so many things as hitters we’ve been taught, that I believe are incorrect.” Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson told Mark DeRosa on MLB Central. A few weeks ago on MLB Network Mark DeRosa spent some time with Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson to discuss his Major League career and the […]

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Launch Angle in Baseball and Softball

If you’ve been following baseball closely over the last few years you’ve probably heard the term Launch Angle. Launch Angles are a very hot topic in baseball and among hitting coaches and hitters across the country. What is Launch Angle? According to the MLB Glossary: Launch Angle represents the vertical angle at which the ball […]

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Top Four Softball Hitting Drills for Youth Players

When working on any softball hitting drills for youth players, it is critical to have a good mix of drills to develop strong habits and the foundations of an elite swing. Most of the time, It does not matter if you are playing at the professional level or just getting started at a young age, […]

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Five Baseball Hitting Drills for Nine Year Olds

When you’re looking for baseball hitting drills for nine-year-olds,  it’s important to find a balance between boring drills and movements, and exciting drills to help build the foundation of their swing. As Coach Lisle always likes to say, “we trick our players with drills.” Especially at a young age, tricking your youth hitters with drills […]

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How to Hit a Softball With Power

No matter what type of bat or ball you are using, or what level you are playing, there are two things that will determine your power output–how fast the ball leaves the bat and whether you are putting the ball on the ground or in the air. The metrics we use to measure these are […]

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The Four Best Fastpitch Softball Bats on the Market

When it comes to purchasing a fastpitch softball bat, whether softball or baseball, it is a pretty substantial financial commitment. The prices of bats have risen over the years because of the innovations that each new season brings around. Marucci, Easton, DeMarini, and Louisville Slugger’s models all are innovative bats that have discovered ways to […]

The Six Best Metal Baseball Cleats

As youth players progress to higher levels of baseball, the norm is to start wearing metal baseball cleats. There has been an all-out war between the three major competitors in the baseball market between adidas, Nike, and New Balance. The battle of who can bring the put forth the best product, has benefited the consumer […]