5 Reasons You Can’t Stop Hitting Ground Balls

5 Reasons You Can’t Stop Hitting Ground Balls


– What’s up guys! It’s Coach Justin from Ultimate Baseball Training And today we’re gonna be talking about five reasons why you can’t stop hitting ground balls Now it’s important to note that every single hitter is going to hit ground balls. It’s part of the game You’re gonna hit the occasional ground ball, but when you start to develop a habit of hitting consistent ground balls That’s when we need to figure out what’s causing you to do. So so you can start crushing more line drives That’s we’re gonna talk about in today’s video. I really think you’re gonna enjoy this one. Let’s jump into it So the first reason why you might consistently be hitting ground balls is because you’re trying to swing down To the baseball so you really have to ask yourself when you step in the box, you know, what is your approach? What are you trying to do? Because if you’re trying to swing down on the baseball You’re automatically setting yourself up to hit a lot a lot of ground balls and the reason being is because what you have to remember is Every single pitch is coming in on a downward plane from the pitcher kind of for two reasons Number one the pitchers not standing on flat ground Right, the pitcher stands on a pitcher’s mound and that mound makes him taller So in order to throw that pitch into the strike zone, he has to throw the baseball down but another reason is because You know an object as its flying it doesn’t stray stay on a straight line even a 95 Mountain or fastball That’ll stay relatively straight, but it’s going to at the further that it flies It is going to start falling because of gravity alright, and so if the pitchers standing on an elevated mound He’s throwing the ball down into the strike zone and the ball over time with gravity tends to go in a downward direction Well, then you’re not doing yourself any favors if your goal with the plate is okay I need to try to get on top of the baseball and I’m over-exaggerating They’re right, but I think a lot of players a lot of hitters hear the term, you know You got to get on top you got to you know Swing down to the baseball and if you achieve your goal if you do that successfully Alright, what’s gonna happen? the majority of the time is you’re going to hit the top part of the baseball and your bat is coming in on a Downward plane that pitch is coming in on a downward plane. There’s only one spot. There’s two lines. There’s two angles going down together There’s only one point of intersection Where you can actually make contact with the boss you’re probably going to get on top of the ball or you’re probably going to cut the ball and you’re gonna get a ton of Backspin right a lot of people think well, that’s how backspin is created is by getting on top Well that might produce backspin but it’s gonna produce way too much and you’re gonna pop up to the catcher, right? So the ideal swing you’re not trying to swing down to the baseball You’re actually trying to match the plane of the pitch for as long as possible So it’s really something that you just have to ask yourself If you’re struggling with hitting a lot of ground balls and your approach has always been well I try to you know, swing down to the baseball Well, then try to make an adjustment if I’m not trying to swing down to the baseball, right? I’m trying to actually get on plane with the pitch that’s going to help you maximize your chances of success And this next reason why you might consistently be hitting ground balls goes right along with what we just talked about We just talked about, you know, you might be trying to swing down to the baseball The next thing is you might be trying to get on top of the baseball, right? So we just covered that the ball is coming down we aren’t doing ourselves any favors by trying to get on top and again a lot of players might think that well if I get On top, that’s what produces backspin and what you have to realize is no that’s not producing the backspin that we want All right. Ideally, we’re not trying to get on top of the baseball You have to think about where are we actually trying to hit the baseball? We’re actually trying to hit the ball not on top because that’s gonna make the ball spin in a topspin fashion All right, so we’re not trying to get on top We’re also not trying to hit the very bottom of the baseball either, right? So it’s neither one of the extremes and I think a lot of the times, you know, we tend to go with the extremes right You don’t want to swing down on a super steep angle But you also don’t want to swing like have a huge uppercut swing. So that’s not what I’m saying either I’m saying you want to match the plane of the pitch. You don’t want to hit the top of the baseball You don’t want to hit the bottom of the baseball. Ideally you want to hit Just below that middle part of the baseball If you were to think of the baseball right here as like a globe right and a globe has the equator you want to hit the ball ever so slightly right below that equator if you do that if you match the plane of the pitch with your bat for as long as possible and you hit the baseball slightly below that Equate that’s gonna give you that good backspin. That’s gonna give you that carry Take those doubles into the gaps and triples and homeruns and things like that So just remember We’re not trying to take our bat down to the baseball like this and we’re also not trying to get on top of The baseball we’re trying to actually hit the ball Pretty much right in the center or just below the center of the baseball and last thing I want to touch on before we move On to the next reason why you might be hitting ground balls is I think that there’s something to be said about you know, what? players what hitters actually do in real life and what they think they’re doing in their head because you’ve probably seen a lot of big-league guys talk about they try to get on top of the ball and they try to swing down and then you watch them in real life and they’re Not doing that at all. They’re bat gets on playing with the pitch early and they’re swinging with a slight uppercut They’re bat gets on plane really early stays on plane for a very long period of time so they’re not actually swinging down They’re not actually hitting the top part of the baseball But if that’s something mentally that helps you out to square square up the ball and hit line drives Then I’m not telling you to change that. I just think that it’s very important for you to understand. What’s actually happening You’re not actually swinging down and you’re not actually getting on top Let’s talk about the next thing you could be hitting Consistent ground balls because you have a timing issue and I think a lot of times players are so quick to jump to man I’m hitting ground balls Or I’m hitting pop-ups or whatever. What am I doing mechanically and a lot of the times It has to do with your mental approach but timing plays such a critical role if you are able to consistently be On time then good things are going to happen Even if you have something going on kind of mechanically weird in your swing if you’re on time You’re gonna give yourself a really good chance, but you could have the the most perfect swing in the world But if your timings all messed up it’s gonna cause issues and here’s what I mean by that So if you’re consistently hitting ground balls, it might be because your timing is messed up Specifically you might be too early. So I have a ball on a tee here, right? Ideally, where would I want to make contact with this pitch? Probably a little bit out in front of my front foot, right? So if I were to get to the point of contact probably somewhere About right here is where I’d want to make attack with that pitch. That would be my perfect timing All right, but if I’m early I’m not going to make contact with this pitch right here. Am I right? I’m actually going to make contact with that pitch if I’m early Let’s say out here. All right, so I’m either if I’m that early I’m either going to swing and miss or if I put the ball in play. Here’s what’s going to happen instead of making contact in the ideal point here like we talked about I’m actually my bat is going to keep going keep going keep going and the more my bat travels towards the pitcher the higher the likelihood of Eventually my wrists have to roll right we wanted to lay that as long as possible We don’t want if we’re making contact here We don’t want to flip our wrists here, but eventually it’s just the way that you know The baseball swing works. Eventually your top hand is going to have to roll over right? You can’t keep you know your hands perfectly straight throughout your entire swing eventually Something has to give and you have to roll those hands, right? But if you’re consistently early that’s a little bit too far out in front, but let’s even say I hit the ball right here Right instead of making contact here my bats on plane. I look good here But the further I go my wrists start to roll like this the higher the likelihood where am I going to hit that baseball? It’s gonna be really hard to hit it where we want to hit it I’m gonna hit the top of that baseball and that’s gonna produce ground balls. So That’s one of the first things that you should look at when you’re consistently mad. I’m struggling with hitting too many ground balls Check your timing. It might be your timing It might be something else but that’s the first thing that I would look at because it’s not a mechanical tweak It’s something that you can work on without Fixing anything in your swing. So look at your timing You want to look at your timing that’s going to be huge and then you also want to look at is my bat getting on playing early and is Staying on playing for a long period of time because that’s the next reason why you might be hitting a lot of ground balls It’s just that your bats coming off playing with the pitch too quickly And so I got a great little drill for you that I think will help you out with this now again We want to focus on being on time as consistently as possible, right? we don’t want to be early but this drill what I did here is I put the tee on the Lowest setting that it can possibly go. Alright, and I also put it out in front of the plate simulating I’m early on this pitch, right because again Ideally, I want to make contact about even with my front foot or a little bit out in front of it Right, but that is even more out in front that means I’m really early on this pitch and I’ve got it on the lowest setting because this is an easy pitch to roll over on and hit a ground ball on and so our goal with this drill is we’re gonna Take regular tee swings, but we’re not gonna hit ground balls. We’re gonna focus on hitting hard line drives up the middle So what it’s going to require you to do is get your bat on playing with the pitch early but you can’t get here and then roll your wrist because if you do if you start rolling your wrist and you make contact with The ball you’re gonna have it around the ball bat path and you’re gonna get on top You’re gonna beat it into the ground or hit a ground ball, right? And so the only way that you’re able to squared this pitch up and hit a line drive is if you keep your bat on Plane with the pitch for as long as you possibly can. Alright, so try out that drill I really think it’ll help and then the last thing for today’s video. This one’s really important Are you coming out of your swing? Because if you come out of your swing at any point in time, it’s gonna take your bat off plane with the pitch You’re gonna have a higher likelihood of hitting ground balls. And here’s what I mean Alright, so we’re in our stance here Right, we go into our load and our stride get to our launch position and when our front heel drops That’s what starts the rotational component of the swing And when your front heel drops and you progress through your swing, are you staying down like this? Through contact you make contact you finish high Are you staying down with your head down and essentially replacing your shoulders? Are you staying down through contact or are you going into your load and your stride and everything looks good? and then all of a sudden You lift up like this and you lose your posture and you come out of your swing So a great way to tell if you’re doing this Set up a camera have dad setup an iPhone or whatever Behind the L screen when you’re taking BP and you can get that good front angle and see exactly what you’re doing another You know way if you don’t do that is if you have you know teammate Or dad or your coach or whatever and they tell you it looks like you’re pulling your head or it looks like your front shoulder Is kind of coming out of your swing That’s another telltale sign that you might be, you know, coming out of your swing and it’s not necessarily that you’re pulling your head But you’re you’re coming out of your swing. You’re not maintaining that Really good posture that we’re looking for So hopefully this video will help you square up the baseball a little bit more get more line drives Instead of ground balls if you enjoyed this hit that like button for me. I’d appreciate that and subscribe to the channel Alright join the ubt family. We’re coming out with new videos every single week I don’t want you to miss any of them and last thing I would love for you to watch the free on-demand Hitting training that I put together for you. It’s 100% free All right, all you have to do click on the very first link in the comment section. That’ll take you straight to it Alright, but this is going to give you clarity on when you go to the field What exactly do you need to work on to take your hitting to that next level lays it out step-by-step I really think you’re going to enjoy it. It’s one two percent free. 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