Tim Fedele
Hitting Techniques for Tall Batters
January 31, 2008 08:35PM
Is anyone aware of any instructional materials on batting drills for tall batters? I coach 16-19 year olds, and we have a few kids who are 6'2"-6'4". We are consistent in our approach to hitting no matter how tall the batter. But these young men, who are growing into their bodies, seem to get jammed a lot, because of their height and their long arms. So, they back off the plate, sometimes way off, and have had some success. But there has to be a better way to approach the pitch. Any thoughts? Thank you. Tim Fedele
Re: Hitting Techniques for Tall Batters
February 06, 2008 09:20AM

Backing off the plate is the first step - as long as they can cover the outside croner. Then, try to keep their swing short & compact. I've seen individuals hit a growth spurt and their swing tends to become "long" and their bat speed decreases.

Work the inside pitch on a tee - short, compact swings. This should help...but then you'll need to work on their patience & the outside corner. They should have the same mindset - fastball in on the plate, then adjust (& wait) for pitches on the outside corner and off speed. This can be difficult (as they're afraid of getting jammed & thinking fastball in), but repetitions in the cage will certainly help.

Re: Hitting Techniques for Tall Batters
March 09, 2008 11:52AM
Hey coach, check out this website, www.teachyourkidbaseball.com. It's a great website that's got a lot of info on youth baseball coaching tips and there are sections working with a variety of different kinds of kids (the klutz, the natural athlete, the lefty, etc) and tips on training the batter, pitchers, and fielders. I've found some really helpful tips and ideas in here that I've been able to take back to my team that I coach. Enjoy!
Re: Hitting Techniques for Tall Batters
January 30, 2009 05:01PM
Sorry this is an old post.

How tall is Bonds? Does he back off the plate? Teach them how to hit the ball correctly and they will mash the inside pitch like it should be. Look into Epstein's stuff.
Re: Hitting Techniques for Tall Batters
November 25, 2013 02:42PM
Hi Tim,

You can either have them to back out a little from the plate, this will maximize their reach. I don't if this would help but try to look at STATS International, they may be able to help you with this.


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