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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 vs Softball Swing

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 […]

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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) […]

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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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Q&A with Tyger Pederson

When left-handed outfielder Stu Pederson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round of the 1981 MLB draft — coming off the board at No. 228 overall out of USC — it marked the beginning of a decade-long professional career that peaked with an eight-game callup in the autumn of 1985, a […]

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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 […]

How The Hitting Vault Started

Check out the video above and the article to learn more about how Coach Lisle developed his massive social media following, as well as how The Hitting Vault started. South Carolina’s historic softball season added another chapter Sunday evening. Coach Matt Lisle and The Hitting Vault featured on thestate.com. The Gamecocks (45-14) were chosen as […]

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Top Baseball Hitting Drills for Balance

It won’t take much to convince you that balance is critical to having a powerful, productive baseball swing. In fact, hitting is considered one of the most difficult things to do in sports, being off balance will only make hitting the ball that much harder. In Baseball, Your Stride Creates Balance Of the six phases […]

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Making a Difference for Student-Athletes

In 2018, the landscape of youth and collegiate athletics, and our approach to coaching student-athletes is vastly different than it was in 2008, 1998, and even more so than 1958. You can be demanding but without being demeaning or tearing down. If an athlete is trying but doesn’t understand your words, raising the volume seldom […]