I’m going to share with you the best batting stance for beginners. I guarantee you it will give you more hits if you start this way in the beginning.
Let’s take a closer look at the batter’s box and how to set up. It’s good to have your feet shoulder width apart so that you have as much balance as possible. Try to have your front foot even with the plate.
Basically, starting out you should be in the middle of the box (see photo). I used to touch my bat in the middle of the plate and then settle my feet.
Why Is This The Best Batting Stance?
The reason I like setting up right in the middle of the box is because curve balls, sliders, and sinkers break right in front of you and you still have time to catch up to a speedy fastball.
Some people like to set up in the back to buy more time, but when I tried that the curveballs were harder to hit. That’s me, though. Maybe you’ve found more success in the back.
As far as distance between you and the plate, I would also avoid crowding the plate. The pitcher can then throw on the inside corner and it’s harder to hit. Don’t be worried about not being able to hit the outside corner pitches.
Your arms will extend automatically when you swing at the pitch. The key is to be as comfortable as you can. Once you’ve found the right spot in the box for you, stick with it and master your hitting from that spot.
After your feet are set, bend forward at the waist and bend your knees so that you are in a slight crouch and make sure your weight is even on the balls of both feet.
When I say crouch I’m not talking about a crouch like a catcher or even the crouch you take in the field. Jeff Bagwell had a massive crouch and it worked for him but most players have just a slight crouch.
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There are a few stance options you can use, each having its own style with strengths and weaknesses. Choose the one that is most comfortable for you. The open stance protects hitters against inside pitches and most pull hitters use that stance.
An open stance is when you point your foot 45 percent toward the pull side of the field (bottom left photo). That means for a right-handed hitter it would point more towards the shortstop area rather than the pitcher’s mound. Your hips open sooner and you have more power on the middle to inside part of the plate.
Now, the trouble with the open stance is with the outer-middle to outside part of the plate. The closed stance protects you from pitches on the outside part of the plate. It’s basically the opposite of the open stance.
You move your front foot more towards the direction of third base. Your front foot is slightly over your back leg by maybe one to three inches. People who might want to try this stance are those who pull their hips, head or hands too early.
Maybe you pull every ball no matter where it’s pitched. Try the closed stance and see if that helps you out. The problem with the closed stance is the possibility of problems with pitches inside.
The stance I use and recommend especially to beginners is the square stance because it can better enable you to get the maximum coverage of the whole strike zone.
Like we talked about earlier, you line your feet up shoulder width apart and even in the box. It’s a feeling of complete balance.
You have equal availability to hit the inside or outside pitch. So, test out these stances and find out which one is more comfortable to you. Once you find one that works for you, stick with it.
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