Every player will run into a series of games where he will have to use on the fly batting adjustments to put him in the best position to succeed. Although it’s great to think that your baseball batting training will always prepare you for the game, in reality, that simply isn’t the case. Between being physically tired, and battling other mechanical issues, it is good to have a few quick fixes in your bag of tricks.
First, if you find yourself opening up or striding open during the load, try to step on the outside of your front foot. Trying to step on outside of your front foot will naturally help you square off your front side allowing you transition your weight into the ball, instead of flying open.
Second, create better body posture in your batting stance. Many players begin to lean over the plate during their swing causing a disconnect between their lower half and their upper body. By “pinching” your lower back during your batting stance, it will keep you more upright during your swing. This will allow your eyes to be stable and keep your weight balanced throughout your entire swing.
Third, drive you knee to the ground to clear your hips. With so many things to concentrate on during the baseball swing, certain elements of the swing can suffer. The first thing to usually go is the hips. As a quick fix, drive your knee to the ground the next time up. This is a guaranteed action that will cause you to drive your hips and restore you power.
Last, scrape your knuckles on the inside part of the ball. Rolling over pitches constantly is enough to drive any player nuts. By actively trying to scrape your knuckles on the inside part of the ball you will see the ball longer and keep your hands inside the ball. As a result, you will see better contact in no time.
These on the fly adjustments are designed to help you battle through a tough series of games or a weekend, but they are not crutches to rely on for long term success. However, they will help you get the job done for the day until you can focus on building more repeatable mechanics during your next batting training session.