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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Youth Baseball Hitting Drills: Shine the Light

The best way to practice is to start with the player in his stance with the bat resting on the shoulder (Step #1).
Simply, lift the front heel and load. Then put the front heel down and pivot.
As the hips rotate, the hands remain in the chin chest zone, “shine the light” , and from here the player is automatically in position to contact the ball in front of the plate anywhere in the strike zone. 

We have discovered one of the greatest methods for teaching baseball (or anything else for that matter) is to find a key word to help the player understand the concept we are trying to teach. And these key words work better if they are word pictures. 

One great word picture that we use to help hitters get short to the ball is what we call “Shine the Light”. In our youth baseball drills, if we can help the hitter to visualize the knob of the bat as a flashlight, it will help him to get inside the pitch and achieve the short, compact stroke. 

Most hitters will initially drive the knob of the bat towards the ground and they begin their stroke. This causes the bat to flip behind them, causing a long stroke, and taking the hands out of position.

Also, if the hitter lifts the front shoulder just one inch, this will also invite the bat knob to drop down. 

Here’s one of our best youth hitting tips. Imagine a laser beam coming from the flashlight directly to the ball.  Ask the hitter to immediately “shine the light” on the ball, driving the knob in the direction of the pitch.  This will help to correct the long stroke and get the bat head into the proper contact position.

This is easy.  “Shine the Light”. From that point the short stroke and proper contact will follow.

We have experienced immediate improvement in our instruction with this simple concept….”Shine the Light”. 

This technique is fully explained in our baseball hitting tips web site for the “Super 8 Hitting System”, completely demonstrated in a series of baseball hitting videos, which includes many youth baseball drills and tips for coaching youth baseball. For over 25 years, thousands of happy clients have learned the correct way to become better hitters using Coach Joe Brockhoff’s unique and effective baseball hitting tips.

Joe compiled a 641-358-2 career record at Tulane University, as well as being inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame. During his era, Joe’s teams scored more than 7,000 runs, had more than 9,000 hits, 900 home runs, and 45 Tulane players went on to play Professional baseball. Visit his website here:


Coach Brockhoff Posted: March 09, 2010 at 01:50 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 11, 2010 at 04:14 AM (#3477175)
Join Date March 09, 2010 08:49 AM
Posted: March 09, 2010 at 08:50 AM

Baseball at the speed of marketing!
   2. fret Posted: March 11, 2010 at 04:37 AM (#3477181)
Betting the World Series Means Concentrating on Pitching Match-Ups!
   3. The District Attorney Posted: March 11, 2010 at 04:44 AM (#3477188)
And I'd like you to stick this article where the light don't shine. Isn't it ironic?
   4. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: March 11, 2010 at 04:53 AM (#3477190)
Feh. Let me know when Brockhoff wins back-to-back-back championships.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 11, 2010 at 05:47 AM (#3477201)
Get back to me when Fred McGriff endorses you.

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