Your Stance: The Foundation of Your Swing


By Rod Carew, MLB Hall of Famer and Chairman of Rod Carew Baseball

John Wooden after said, “Be quick, but do not hurry.”

The late, wonderful basketball coach’s smart words applied to the baseball diamond, as well. Fast hands, wrists and reflexes are useful tools at the plate.

Getting patience and the ability to refrain from rushing things is just as valuable, specifically when setting up your stance in the batter’s box.

Really basically and oh-so importantly, your stance is the foundation of your swing – take your time. Do not feel silly, don’t feel rushed. If you have to take a few extra seconds to get adjusted in the batter’s box, especially when you’re still experimenting with the stance that is appropriate for you, do so. It’s critical to take your time, simply because there are myriad elements you need to have to take into account.

Are your feet set? Can you cover the plate with your bat? If they are not or you can’t, or if any adjustments require to be created make them, ask for time, step out of the box.

Take your time if need to have be, do not hurry via the at-bat. All through my Key League Baseball profession, much was stated and written about my style of hitting, the various positions I would take in the batter’s box, and how I moved around from at-bat to at-bat or pitch to pitch. I adjusted my stance depending on the pitcher I was facing at instances and even, on occasion, from pitch to pitch. But nothing but my front foot ever moved. My back foot remained in place, with my front foot shifting open or closed based on the scenario.

My belief is that a successful hitter demands to be able to adjust, to adapt his approach to the pitcher. The changes I created, and think ought to be created, are in no way major ones, but modest, mechanical adjustments to the place of the pitch, not the kind of pitch. In turn, the hitter is privy to a far far better opportunity of seeing the baseball.

Like each nuance of baseball and hitting, it requires time and experimentation. You cannot just use a stance for a day or a week or a month and expect huge benefits – it takes time and perform.

You happen to be going to have undesirable days with a new stance or an old a single, as a result a couple negative days need to not send you back to your old stance when you’ve committed to the notion of attempting a different method.

To be a productive hitter, you need to give your self a opportunity to grow to be comfy and confident with your batting stance.

So take your stance in front of a GAPHitter, make your adjustments, remain patient and commence practicing.