Teach Baseball Players how to control their swings and hit smart.
What does a Hitting Coach do?
Although talent plays a big role in the success of a Professional Athlete, the role of a Coach can’t be overlooked, either. And when it comes to hitting a “homerun” with homeruns, the Coach in charge is known as a Hitting Coach.
Take the case of Babe Ruth, for instance. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to know that Babe Ruth is one of the greatest Baseball Players of all time. One of many reasons why: He hit 60 homeruns in a single season, and a whopping 714 during the course of his 22-year career. Because Babe Ruth was so good, his Hitting Coach must have been really good as well.
When you’re a Hitting Coach, otherwise known as a Batting Coach, it’s your job to teach Baseball Players how to hit the ball when they go up to bat, the goal being to get more hits — and, as a result, more runs — for your team. To do that, you focus on teaching Baseball Players how to perfect their swing so that their bat hits the ball in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, at exactly the right angle, and with exactly the right force.
Successfully turning swings into hits, and hits into runs, requires you to first spend time observing Players by watching them during games and practices, and then re-watching them in slow motion via video playback. What you’re looking for are strengths and weaknesses in Players’ stance, grip, timing, stride, and speed. When you find flaws, you help Players correct them by giving them tips and pointers during games, and by doing hitting drills with them during batting practice.
Of course, everyone’s anatomy, skills, and styles are different. Instruction must therefore be customized to the individual, making you not just a Coach but also a Tailor, fitting Players into their talent!