If you have what is referred to as a “quick hip, " please forgive my bluntness but you will have no chance of being a successful baseball hitter. Only on an inside pitch, can you get away with opening the front hip a little bit early.
A “quick hip" is when the front hip opens a fraction of a second early. It is a common baseball hitting problem and a very serious one for many hitters at all levels of play. Keeping your front side “closed" is one of the more critical baseball tips on hitting. The swing itself should force the front hip open. If the front hip opens a fraction of a second too quick, it forces your front side to open too early and this is a recipe for disaster for a baseball player at any level of play.
Three Major Problems Occur if You Have a Quick Hip:
1. You will not see the ball well. Your head will go along for the ride with your “quick hip" and you will be looking at the ball out of the corner of your eyes when the moment of truth arrives and you attempt to actually hit the ball.
2. Your power will be lost. You will be leaning toward third base if you are a right-handed hitter or toward first base if you are a left-handed hitter. That is not where the baseball hitting is taking place. The hitting is taking place in front of you, not to the left or right.
3. Your plate coverage will be poor. The only pitch you'll be able to hit with any success at all is the inside pitch and low and away pitches will cause several baseball hitting problems for you.
I wonder how much young players who are struggling at the plate would improve considerably if they made this fairly simple adjustment at the plate. Keeping the front hip closed is one of the more important baseball hitting tips.
How common is the baseball hitting problem of having a quick hip? You can check it out for yourself. When watching a game in person or on TV, at any level of play, observe the weaker baseball hitters. (The hitters who are batting .220, .230 or .240. ) Keep an eye on their front hip. In almost all cases, it will be opening too early.
On the other side of the coin, you can also check out the better hitters. They will be keeping their front hip closed!
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