First off…hitting a baseball isn’t easy to begin with and is has been stated many times it is the hardest thing to do in sports. Hit a ball squarely with a round bat and round ball, go figure!
How to Hit the Outside Pitch
I will start off by saying I’ve heard many philosophies in trying to hit the outside pitch, some of those being – (1) Turn your feet in your stance to face the second baseman or shortstop, whichever is your opposite field. (2) Step into the ball to get your hands going to the ball. Both of these include altering your stance as a hitter and can also change the hand path you take to the baseball.
EBA’s philosophy is easier said than done but is comparable to what most other programs, Colleges and High Schools will teach. This philosophy is to simply let the ball travel deeper into the hitting zone which is different for every hitter because every hitter stands in a different place in the box and has a different step/stride length. As stated, this is easier said than done!
The key word here is “travel”. As a hitter looking to drive the outside pitch you need to let the ball travel deeper so your contact point is angled towards the opposite field for the hitter. Throughout our hitting instruction on the outside pitch you will hear us talk a lot about letting the ball travel or letting the ball get deep…this is what we are talking about.
CONTACT POINT: The contact point you are looking as a coach and feeling as a player is approximately off the hitters’ crotch or groin area. The contact point for an outside pitch is much deeper than any other pitch…the contact point for a middle pitch is usually off the hitters front foot and the inside pitch is 4-6inches in front of his front foot.
A hitter should never change his stance, or alter his step/stride foot to hit an outside pitch because first of all you never know where the pitch is going to be as a hitter and secondly you want a consistent swing time after time.
BOTTOM LINE: Let the ball “travel” deeper into the hitting zone in order to hit the outside pitch to your opposite field.
This is arguably the hardest thing to do in baseball and will take much practice and discipline to master this skill.
After all 60% of the pitches you get as a hitter are outside, so why not train to hit an outside pitch!