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How to improve your batting average using your head, eyes and hips?

If wanting to increase your batting average, much relies on your hips, head and eyes.

Your hips should be the center of your body’s gravity. As your rotate your hips toward the pitcher, your hips should lead the rest of your body around, pulling your arms and shoulders with them and generating rotational power.

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Your hips should begin to turn open toward the pitcher right after you plant your striding front foot and just after the pitcher has released the ball. Initially, your arms or hands should be stationary as you begin this “opening of hips” process.

At the completion of opening your hips, your hands should begin their action forward, yet still trail behind your body. Continuing to thrust your hands forward, your goal is to achieve contact between the bat and the ball at the same moment that your hands are beginning to move in front of your hips – generating the most power.

If you’re trying to pull the ball, your arms and hands will need to take action sooner to get the bat head out early. In all other cases your arms should speed up toward the end of your swing, but your hands should trail behind your hips until the bat crosses the plate.

Point of making contact.

During this time your head should remain relatively still, level, and balanced, with your eyes on the ball at all times. As the ball approaches, your eyes will need to look progressively downward to follow its motion. Try to do this mainly with your eyes, and don’t let your head dip excessively as well. Dramatic fluctuations in how you perceive the ball can negatively affect your hand-eye co-ordination, and your batting average.

How to improve your batting average using your head, eyes and hips?

In most cases, you will have a slight upward arc in your swing, and this will result in your hips and shoulders moving upward. The natural tendency during this process is for your head to do the same, but like with your eyes, try not to let other factors affect your head movement; it should remain as still as possible during the end of the swing.

Keep your head down right through your contact and follow-through or until the ball has hit the catcher’s mitt.

What to look for if you’re pulling out .

A telltale way of knowing if you’re pulling your head out is to recognize at the completion of your swing where you’re looking.

Often, young hitters will find themselves looking to the pull-side of their swing upon its completion – an extremely easy way to see that batting average plummet.

For example, as right handed hitter, you might find yourself looking toward left field at the completion of your swing. Or, as a left handed hitter, you might find yourself looking toward right field at the completion of your swing – when in fact your head should be looking down at where the pitch was thrown.

Practice to keep your head and eyes down.

You may need to practice with drills to keep your head down by doing so after your swing for extended, often exaggerated periods. There’s less of a desire to peek at where the ball is going during batting practice, so this drill during practice is good for ingraining into your psyche the physical act of keeping your head down.

Perfecting how you use your legs, hips, head and eyes through practice will help you to increase your batting average.