I hated striking out more than anything in the world! But striking out was unavoidable. It’s going to happen, and it did. But when I learned, and most importantly, implemented a proper TWO STRIKE APPROACH the number of times I struck out decreased dramatically.
MY TWO STRIKE APPROACH...
You may have heard of a different approach. So let’s look at the alternatives and see their flaws.
#1) LOOK FOR OFFSPEED: WRONG
Let's say we decide to look for an off-spead pitch with two strikes. If he throws us a curveball we are ok. But what if he throws a fastball? Well, it's probably going to be a "Louisiana Fastball"... BY-YOU before you ever knew what happened. Our brain and reflexes simply do not have enough time to make that adjustment.
However, if we are looking for a fastball, and it happens to be a slower pitch, our brain and reflexes have time to react. It's much easier to react to a decrease in expected velocity than visa versa. Some of the more talented players at younger levels may get away with this, but in High School and above its nearly impossible.
CONCLUSION #1: We must expect a fastball with 2 strikes.
#2) LOOK FOR LOCATION OTHER THAN AWAY: WRONG
Lets say we decide to look for a pitch down the middle of the plate or even an inside pitch. No matter what type of pitch comes, fastball or off-speed, we're SCREWED if it isn't inside or down the middle. We won't have a chance at hitting that outside pitch that is 6 inches off the plate ( which we KNOW most umpires love to call a strike )! Once we have physically committed our swing to an inside swing path, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to physically push your hands back out away from your body to hit the outside pitch.
On the flip side, if you physically commit to the outside pitch, only a slight adjustment is required of the hands and swing path to allow contact to an unexpected inside pitch. At worst, you can still foul off that pitch and fight to see one more.
CONCLUSION #2: We must expect an outside pitch with 2 strikes.
Believe me now? I think we can agree that, considering the facts above, each conclusion is accurate. Merge them together and you have yourself a solid, easy to understand, proven approach toward learning how to be a successful 2 strike hitter. As stated above...
"Look to hit an outside fastball and adjust to any other pitch and location if it’s close to being a strike."
You can have all the tools and tips in the world, but you have to implement them to benefit from them. Don't wait. Give this approach a try. You'll love the results.