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Re: dealing with hitter's "yips"

fly996 ·
Does he take any pre-game batting practice? Perhaps some pre-game tee, side toss and live pitch BP can help. Also, is he using any type of relaxation technique? If not, prior to stepping into the box, he should pick out a small point on the bat (small number, letter or mark). While focusing on that point, take a deep breath then exhale. This will help him clear "inside or outside noise" that may be affecting his concentration. Reset with this technique if he goes deep into the count, fouls...
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Re: dealing with hitter's "yips"

BU4ick ·
I echo many of the ideas suggested so far. I'll also share some unusual advice given to me when I really struggled at the plate (happened way more than I care to admit). This came from a player a couple years ahead of me who had an illustrious MLB career. His suggestion? Pretend you have a hit and run on and slash the ball the other way. His reasoning? He said when you're pressing, you get anxious and tend to leap out after the ball. Thinking about taking it the other way, as if the coach...
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Re: dealing with hitter's "yips"

coachld ·
I would recommend you find other hitting coaches that would be willing to look at his video. I am betting that there is either some mechanical change that has taken place either naturally or prescribed by a coach that is effecting his ability to make solid contact or he has always has had a flaw that is going to be more apparent as pitching velocity increases. Having success in a cage or batting practice has little to do with success at the plate...especially as pitching velocity increases.
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Re: dealing with hitter's "yips"

Chico Escuela ·
A vision check is always a good thought (and he's due next month), but since he's hitting in the cage and at practice, I don't think that is it. Not sure if you are asking what "yips" means or just why I used the term here. I think the term was originally from golf: for a player who suddenly can't hit short putts. In baseball, it's used for throwing--typically a pitcher or an infielder who one day finds he can't make a throw to first without sending the ball 6 feet over the 1B's head. I used...
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TxballDad ·
I was also going to say have is vision checked just to rule it out. (Which I see you are doing). Depending on the speed of the pitches he is see in the cage, it may be why he is hitting better there. Slower pitches will give more time for his eyes to pick up the ball, focus on it, and make better contact. I have seen this with a middle school level player. Cage great, games not so good. Had his eyes checked, got contacts, now hitting at game the same as he does in the cage.
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3and2Fastball ·
Hitting in the cage/BP ---- is that at game speed? Likely not I would agree with COACHLD that there is likely a hitting mechanics issue that is making it difficult to connect with velocity at game speed. I would absolutely change hitting coaches. This one clearly isn't working.
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Re: dealing with hitter's "yips"

Chico Escuela ·
Thanks to all for the advice. In BP and cage, the boy looks fine. But in games, even against weak pitching, he's at sea.
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dealing with hitter's "yips"

Chico Escuela ·
What do you do when a player suddenly can’t hit in games? My son is a 2020. Since he started playing baseball close to a decade ago, he has always been a middle of the order hitter. He also always has been streaky—he’d hit .600+ for ten games, then strike out every AB for a couple of weeks or more. Starting this past spring in his first year of JV ball and continuing through summer and last weekend’s first fall travel ball tournament, the boy has a batting average with zero as the first...
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MidAtlanticDad ·
Have you had his vision checked lately? Why did you use the term "yips"?
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b i g m a c ·
Everyone struggles with results and confidence, but that is a long period. In addition to vision check, I'd consider taking a break, getting away from it for a while. (If it was me, I'd also consider a hitting coach change even though the coach might be doing everything right.)
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Ripken Fan ·
T-work is a good start. Agree with the others to have video taken. Extra BP could help him get down timing and get confidence as well.
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MidAtlanticDad ·
I asked because yips to me means the whole muscle/nerve/twitch thing is off. It looks terrible and unusual. What you described sounds more like he's just missing the ball. Is the barrel in the zone at the right time? Does it still look like a decent swing if you remove the ball? Freshmen often go through growth spurts. I talked to someone about this the other day. Son lost the feel for his CB. The kid's hand had increased in size by about 30% in the last six months. Imagine any grown pitcher...
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4T2 ·
I have seen this phenomenon. In my experience, it has been an issue of the kid "guessing" at the pitch instead of actually tracking it with his eyes. Solved it with soft-toss from the side, using 2 balls thrown from the same hand. Just as I'm releasing, I tell him which one to hit (top or bottom, as balls are stacked in my hand). I've also used the very small balls that have different color numbers on them. Batter has to call out the number or color before swinging. I think that works...
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real green ·
How is he hitting at practice during BP?
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Trust In Him ·
My son took private hitting lessons for several years with the same instructor and there were a couple of things ingrained into his mind. "Keep It Simple", "See Ball - Hit Ball". Every day he used to take 50-75 swings without a ball, just in the air in the backyard or garage. Not full fast swings but slow swings, concentrating on the mechanics: elbow/arms, knees , hips, rotation shoulders, follow through, head etc. Purpose is for MUSCLE MEMORY and repetition. You break down each part of the...
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TimtheEnchanter ·
...think like Tim and your Yips will be solved.
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K9 ·
Lots of good suggestions here...I'll add one more. Give him a reason to believe that the slate has been wiped clean and he is starting fresh. Whether its a new instructor, a change in stance, a gain in strength or anything else - provide him with a reason to believe that now is a different time and what has gone on before is meaningless.
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Re: Pulling the trigger

CaCO3Girl ·
What happened in the at bat? You covered strikes 1 and 2....AND THEN?
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RJM ·
Hitters have to go to the plate with a plan and execute it. Yes, hitters can get fooled on a pitch and get punched out. But this sounds like an unprepared at bat.
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RJM ·
So what's the problem? He was off his game one at bat. Sure, he could have had a better mental approach in the failed at bat. But, it's one at bat.
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freddy77 ·
RJM, Now that you broke the ice, yeah, that was my first thought as well. One step further: If batters didn't screw up a LOT, then the games would last way too long. That's how I console myself in the 3B coaching box.
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Re: Two Hands on the Bat!!

cabbagedad ·
I'll be curious to hear other responses. The top hand is a big part of the equation. In order to maximize bat speed and power, it must be fully engaged through the contact zone. For most, a good gage to measure that is where the top hand ends up at the finish of the swing. If it ends up at least up near the shoulder of the bottom hand, then top hand release was not too early. If it ends up low and across the mid-section, this is often an indication that release was early and the hitter...
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Wesleythecacther ·
I agree with the variables as to why the top hand could come off. I want to keep 2 hands on the bat, but the one handed follow through just happens.
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Looking for a hitting instructor in the Union County NJ area ...

Baseball Gamer ·
My son is a 16 year old baseball player who currently plays for the GoYard Scout team during the fall. He plays varsity baseball during spring .. I wanted to have his swing analyzed by someone. My son has tournaments where he will bat 500 for the tournament and then has others where he will struggle with hitting lots of pop flies .. and lazy fly balls .. just want to see if he is doing something wrong .... thanks everyone .. this site is great
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Hit N Run Game Day Coach and Player Clinic

Hit-N-Run ·
Hit N Run Batting Cages announces the Game Day Baseball/Softball Education Program.  Sessions will be each Saturday in the month of Oct from 10a-12p at the Hit N Run Conference Room located at 110 Robinson Dr....
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Re: Pulling the trigger

cabbagedad ·
Curious, does he usually bat leadoff? There are a few spots in the lineup that typically require a different approach/mindset and, of course, leadoff is the most prominent. Aside from that, yes, it certainly happens where a hitter is just frozen in a situation where he usually pulls the trigger. Hitters work on a thousand different things, mechanically and mentally, and then are asked to narrow that to just one thought when they step in the box in a game. On top of that, the situation...
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Re: Pulling the trigger

CatsPop ·
^^^^^^^^^This. Concur 100% with cabbagedad. Watched son do similarly on 1,2,3 strikes early last year. It was with out a doubt the highest velo he had seen to that point, but I swear I don't think he moved except to track the pitch. He felt weird, stupid, confused afterward and I hope to never see it again, but probably will.
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MDBallDad ·
I never like to speak poorly of the boys in blue but it appeared sitting directly behind home plate that wind shear must have caused the ball to be in the middle of the 1st base batters box and then somehow return to the strike zone in time for the call...struck out looking. I can live with that, it happens and I would have been concerned if he had swung at that one, expanding the zone 3" off the plate with 2 strikes to protect is good, chasing a pitch out there is just not a good idea. In...
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MDBallDad ·
Cabbage, Yes he has been a three year leadoff in HS, in club he is leadoff, or 3 depending on the make-up of the squad. I appreciate the insight, that is what I believe too and that was the reassurance I provided, just wanted to make sure I covered the proverbial bases. Thanks!
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MDBallDad ·
Thanks, appreciate the insight...
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JCG ·
My son has been in this situation before. In fact he's a leadoff hitter and he's scuffling right now. Like Tres_A, I'm just a dad, but my thought has always been "do what you need to do to reach the same level of comfort you had with your swing and your approach when you were at your best." In other words, "get your bucket and your tee and get in the cage."
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Re: Two Hands on the Bat!!

MrBumstead ·
Two hands - leaves you more bat flip options when you hit a bomb.
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Re: Two Hands on the Bat!!

2forU ·
Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Tony Gwynn, Rod Carew = 12 hands on the bat
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2forU ·
Dad says 2 hands on bat? I think all dads say that. The question to you is did it help you hit the ball harder or more square?
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2forU ·
Charlie Lau - What the critics failed to understand was that the hitter released his top hand only after making contact with the ball. A hitter could actually extend the bat further with one hand, rather than holding onto the bat with both hands. To Lau’s way of thinking, extension mattered more than gripping the bat with two hands after the fact. You will see batters that typically keep two hands on the bat alter that when having to extend for an outside pitch or for a pitch they misjudged.
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Xmas gift for the kids

BBdad5 ·
The Ultimate Hitting Machine (Google it) is an excellent hitting aid for young kids, and an excellent Christmas gift.  Kids absolutely love it and I can guarantee it will help improve their hitting if used daily.
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Hitting - Faults and Fixes

Tom Bertin ·
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Two Hands on the Bat!!

Wesleythecacther ·
Been having a debate about this for a while with my dad, as I have now been in the habit of having a one-handed follow through. What is your opinion on the follow through after you swing? Should you have 2 hands on the bat? Does it help you hit the ball harder? Or is it okay to have a one-handed follow through?
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2019&21 Dad ·
Doesn't matter after contact. Can be either way if it helps you to square it up and hit as hard as you can. You may roll over on the ball or popup if you are trying to acheive an arbitrary post contact position such as 2 hands on the bat or being balanced AFTER contact. Once the ball leaves the bat there is NOTHING more you can do to effect the outcome. So 1 or 2 hands AFTER contact is irrelevant.
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hsbaseball101 ·
LL, 17 and under, poor hitters should follow through with both hands to make sure they make good contact and maintain bat speed through contact. It's irrelevant for elite hitters though. I have a habit of holding onto the bat and then having to swing it around again to drop it after making contact, so letting go of the top hand after contact allows me to get to 1st faster.
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hshuler ·
Agree here as I was taught and subsequently, taught kids to get the top hand through the pitcher and after that it doesn't matter if one or two hands are on the bat.
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Wesleythecacther ·
That's what dad says. And I'm not sure if it does, I think it probably does. But I'm not 100% sure.
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old_school ·
the most meaningless discussion in baseball...it doesn't matter if you release the bat properly. I have one who finishes with one hand and one who finishes with 2. There are mountains of videos showing awesome swings from both sides of the plate with both forms of release. nothing to see here folks.
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Re: Two Hands on the Bat!!

Coach_May ·
The release is after the ball is struck. The vast majority of hitters release the top hand after contact. Some sooner than others. Leaving two hands on the bat after contact throughout the swing serves no useful purpose. In fact it can be detrimental to the hitter. Young hitters can have a tendency to release too early. They also can have a tendency to focus so hard on leaving two hands on the bat they actually limit their ability to have any extension in their swing. You can use Q's to help...
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JCG ·
I'm just a dad and former Little League coach, not a HS coach like Cabbage, so take my opinion with a large dose of salt. 8 of the most successful teams in MLB are playing right now. Why not watch those guys and see how many finish their swing with one hand on the bat? I'm thinking you'll see that the great majority finish with 2 hands on. Of those few that take the top hand off, I think you'll see that it stays on at least until they extend through the ball -- IOW keep the top hand on past...
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CaCO3Girl ·
It's irrelevant right up to the point you hit my kid (the catcher) in the back of the head with your one hand release swing.
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Wesleythecacther ·
This is an unfortunate situation that happens at times for catchers (that's me). I have gotten hit by a bat in the chest, the kid threw the bat backwards after the swing, and it hit me across the chest and helmet, he was called out by the umpire.
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Wesleythecacther ·
I want to have a 2 handed follow through, just something I will work on. Got a tournament this weekend. Will try to get video then.
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2019&21 Dad ·
Still irrelevant. Wouldn't make me change how I hit. Apparently not a concern for so many others who do it too.
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Dominik85 ·
it sucks to be hit by a backswing but a catcher Needs to be Aware of that and set up properly. maybe that is even a slight Advantage of the one handed finish .
 
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