Swing Mechanics: Boring!!!!!!!!

Baseball Swing Mechanics

Swing mechanics are the most over-talked about topic in baseball.  Everyone has an opinion and everyone is right.  My question is, how much do the mechanics matter if you do not prepare yourself, or understand what an approach is?

I have played with some of the sweetest swings I have ever seen, and I have also watched those swings fail, because the hitter only had mechanics.  Remember, hitting mechanics only provide you the best opportunity to have success if:

  • You have a good approach
  • Understand what the pitcher is doing
  • Know the pitcher’s tendencies
  • Know what each of the pitcher’s pitches do
  • Know the situation (where are the runners, how many outs, what inning is it, will this team let you beat them)
  • Know the pitcher’s out pitch

Many things will determine what the pitcher is going to do, and yes some teams will not let certain players on the other team beat them.  Therefore, you have to understand they are going to try and make you chase up, out, down, off speed, etc.  Swing mechanics go right out the window if you have no idea of the above things.  And, they go even sooner if you do not have plate discipline.

So, how important are the mechanics?  They are not important enough to spend the amount of time that is spent talking about them, and not important enough to spend the amount of money some people spend to perfect them.  They are an aspect of hitting, one little aspect, that seems to get all the attention.

Hitters with less than perfect hitting mechanics will have more success than players with a perfect swing if they can do all the above, or even just most of the above.

I am going to continue this conversation with a series of posts here at the Full Windup.  I hope you will join the conversation.

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About The Author

Sam Flamont

Sam Flamont played minor league baseball for 4 years, and has been giving private lessons for the last seven years. After being a part of the coaching staff at Central Michigan, he is now the hitting coach at Davenport University, an NAIA school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sam has worked with a World Series champion, Little League players, and everyone in between. You can learn more about Sam and read his work at www.samflamont.com.

  • Samflamont

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  • Paulniggebrugge

    Totally agree…too many players have no “real” approach in games as well as in practice! To be considered an ultimate batter you must be consistent and that requires getting a great pitch to hit, putting on a great swing with timing and in the right situation! Having an awareness about your strengths as well as the pitchers will give the batter the edge. Pitch selection/”hunting” pitches is crucial to “squaring up” the baseball. Dealing with pitchers timing (delivery tempo), pitchers velo-ball speed, pitch location- effective velocity+ or – 5, batters body quickness/reaction, bat speed are just a few things that must be synchronized for consistency and effectiveness…Timing rules everything!

  • Don Ervin

    Today’s baseball mentality is all about going about things backwards to name a few such as, improper batting sessions such as, never seeing balls thrown from a pitcher on a mound except during games, batting practice from flat ground, {Futilely attempting} to make good barrel to ball contact thrown from a pitching machine that shoots balls out of a hole when timing a pitched ball is accomplished only after said ball has left a pitchers hand and worst of all which is highly injurious to one’s arm is when a pitcher allows the stride foot and leg to first lead the hips into weight shift on to stride foot, touch/plant down, {The Hips} must properly lead the stride foot and leg from the rubber to and through weight shift on to stride foot touch/ plant down. if and when the series of sequenced, chained reactive pitching, body movements are broken the body cannot assist the arm during it’s throwing route to it’s release point.
    To be proficient within any phase of baseball one’s practice sessions must correlate as close to game type situations as possible, {NEVER} the opposite.