Every time a hitter steps into the box they need to have a plan. In the baseball world this is known as having an APPROACH. Without an approach a hitter is doomed to fail.
There are many variables that can determine what approach a hitter should choose. Factors such as the game situation, a pitcher’s strengths or weaknesses, a pitcher’s patterns or habits, or a hitter’s strengths or weaknesses are all good examples.
So, how do I choose an approach?
Be observant. Know yourself, your opponent, and the game situation.
We'll go into further detail on how to choose an approach in a later post. But here are a few examples to get you started…
If you're a player whose really good at hitting outside pitches, a simple approach may be to ONLY swing at outside pitches until you get two strikes. You are leveraging your strengths to maximize your potential at having a good at bat.
If the pitcher you are facing has a really good off speed pitch-curveball or changeup-you may ONLY want to swing at fastballs until you get two strikes. This allows you to maximize your chances at having a good at bat by not swinging at the pitcher’s best pitch. You have higher odds of making a good swing on his fastball rather than his off speed pitch.
GAME SITUATION, TWO STRIKES
Once you get to two strikes, ALWAYS transition into a two strike approach. You're swinging at any pitch close to the strike zone.
The bottom line, is BE PREPARED.
ALWAYS HAVE AN APPROACH!
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