Stride Foot Timing for Hitting a Baseball

So I made a video a couple of weeks ago called
the 11 misconceptions of hitting in baseball. If you haven’t checked that video out, please
check it out. I’ll leave an annotation here. It’s a great video, but in that video I said
I would make a more in depth video about one of the misconceptions which was getting your
stride foot down early in hitting and I think we hear that a lot from coaches saying “get
your stride foot down early, get ready to hit, be ready to hit”, but I think that’s
one of the biggest misconceptions in baseball hitting because that’s a two part swing and
we want to have a one part swing meaning if we’re getting our stride foot down early,
we’re here and we do like a post stride, so we’re here, the pitcher comes, we post, and
then we go to swing. We’re cutting off all of that momentum that we’re trying to create
with our load. So basically we’re getting loaded up, loaded up BOOM pause, now everything
stops and then we start going again. We don’t want that. We want to keep our momentum going
and use all that momentum and energy that we’re starting to create with our load and
get it moving because once the body starts moving, it’s easier to keep it moving than
to start it, stop it, and then start it again. You’re actually taking off of you power and
your swing and your efficiency in a swing if you’re getting your stride foot down early.
Now here’s a crazy fact and you can look it, I’ll try to leave a clip in here, a slow motion
clip of a Major League hitter, but Major League hitters and good hitters at all levels, don’t
get their stride foot down until that ball is about half way home believe it or not.
And you can see Trout here he keeps his momentum going and when his front foot gets down the
ball is already half way to him and he absolutely crushes this ball. So, for a guy who gets
his stride foot down early as the pitcher is at release point has to wait here from
all the way from the pitchers mound until it gets in here and that momentum has to stop
that whole time. A guy who does a one part swing or keeps his momentum moving and doesn’t
get his stride foot down early can keep that momentum going the whole time and make it
a one part swing. Alright? Now, obviously you don’t want to get your stride foot down
too late, you know, because then the ball is by you and you’re swinging before your
front foot gets down, but I see, the big misconception is that coaches are teaching to get the stride
foot down too early, It needs to be a timing mechanism, it needs to be fluid, it needs
to happen so that all the momentum continues and you put that energy through the baseball
when you’re hitting. Those are good baseball hitting mechanics. So, let me know what you
think. What kind of stride do you take? Do you take a big leg kick? Do you take a modified
one? Do you show the bottom of your foot as you’re striding? Do you do that post stride
that I hate? What do you do? Leave a comment below and let me know. I hope this helped
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47 thoughts on “Stride Foot Timing for Hitting a Baseball”

  1. The problem I've run into with teaching keeping the stride and swing one fluid motion is my kids would allow their hands to move forward as the stride starts. I've broken down the swing into 2 motions but that was just to work on striding and keeping hands back. So, maybe this is where coaches get confused?

  2. but from what i heard from my teammates is that getting my stride foot down early helps me react to off speed pitches better , so should change my stride foot timing or stick to getting it down early to react better to change ups/curves 

  3. I do a short step but first my banda go ups,then down down near the ball and then my hips turn around,i was batting with long stride but im made for contact,From México (Cancun)

  4. Can you do a comparison video on open stance vs closed stance video. I feel like starting off open helps me see the ball. When I take my stride I go back to normal.

  5. I have a stride like Nelson Cruz who gets his foot down somewhat early. It really helps me. Is it absolutely necessary to get rid of my earlier stride?

  6. I don't have a leg kick but I do bring my leg up a little and stride like Evan longoria except I am much wider in my stance than he is.

  7. I stride from an open stance and then into a normal stance but I only lift my leg a little bit off of the ground and stride early on too. I've been struggling with hitting for a should so I will definitely use this advice.

  8. Knowing what pitch to look for in certain counts/ situations will determine when you should get that stride foot down. As a former player , when I was looking fastball I got my stride foot down just as the pitcher was at his release point. When looking off speed I usually didn't get my stride foot down till the pitcher had released the ball. Getting my front foot down early always seemed to help me see the pitch longer. As a HS baseball coach I see a lot of hitters late on pitches cuz their trying to stride as the pitch has already been thrown.

  9. Recently I changed my stride to a two-step stride; do you recommend it? 
    Before the change I felt like i was in fact getting my stride foot down too late. Currently I feel comfortable with the two step because i have my momentum going forward and i can really go through the ball. This helps me completely turn my back foot, similar to the end of a golf swing (i watched your videos on back foot mechanics) but the two step load is hard to do with soft toss drills, catch/crush drills, etc.

  10. Love the video, but my problem is once my foot touches the ground my shoulders start opening up and my hands are still behind me so when i swing the baseball has past me by then… Please help me

  11. I coach a 10U team,,,I've always taught to stride/load at pitcher's release point…Pitching distance is only 46 feet and some of these kids are bringing it..There's no way they could start their stride/load when the ball is half way to the plate at this distance..I'm not doubting what you're teaching, I'm wondering your opinion/tips for 10U at only 46 feet…Either way, the goal is for a one part swing like your teaching..thanks man

  12. this makes sense, but only on fastballs. If you get a breaking ball you will get caught out in front and have an off-balance swing.

  13. I do get my foot down way to early and I start to leak and lunge forward. Do you know any drills besides live pitching to fix this?

  14. Awesome video. I was just reading the latest SI where the topic was the speed of MLB pitches fastball. There was a still of Madison B. At his release point and the hitter had already started his stride. They point out that the reaction time is less than .3 seconds. It's like going into a crow hop and then stopping, no wasted movements!

  15. I'm trying to figure out what type of stride to use.a leg kick,small foot lift,just a step forward?idk what do you recommend?

  16. Would you agree that the stride of the front foot is only a timing mechanism to start the swing?  The problem that I see the most, is that players want to swing the bat at the exact moment their front foot hits the ground making them very susceptible to fastballs in on the hands or off speed pitches away.  If they start their swing when the front foot hits the ground, they are creating a "drifting" to the ball instead of staying behind the ball.  There is always a pause from the time the foot hits the ground till contact even though it is very small.  Thanks for your time.

  17. My front foot rolls over when I swing. I been trying to work on it but I just can't seem to get it. The only thing I have seen is that my hips aren't flexible enough to keep my front foot closed.

  18. I like to point my toe and tap the ground when I bring my foot up, but do you think I'd have more power if I slowed it down and lifted my leg higher?

  19. My son (10U) is a no stride, toe tap hitter. He hits for some power, but not consistently. He's a lead off, high OBP hitter. I want to teach a stride in the summer, but he tells me he's not comfortable striding. What approach should I take? Thanks.

  20. Doesn't putting your foot down early help you see the ball better? My hitting coach played in the MLB and that's how he taught me how to swing.

  21. I get it, but everyone seems to be trying to hit home runs rather than getting hits. I like to say get the stride foot down early because I think you'll strike out less due to a more stable head and thus stable eyes.

  22. I like your pitching videos, but not a fan of your hitting videos. (which I am sure is why you were a MLB pitcher) You are correct that the front foot strike is a timing mechanism, but if you look at your front foot, then only the balls of your feet or toes are touching the ground, yet you are starting to move your drive leg, before your front heel hits. This is going to throw off timing, the back side wont be able to drive correctly until the heel is planted, and everything is throw off. Look at your analysis on Mike trout or any of his videos where the key is balance and Front foot Strike where the heel and toes of your feet hit the ground. JS

  23. Thank you so much. My jv high school hitting coaching is always on us about how we need to get our foot down as early as possible. Never seeing a big leaguer that did that, I've always had my doubts and it is good to now know for sure.

  24. I play softball. The problem I'm having is swinging too early. My swing is quick and compact so it gets in and out of the strike zone fast. I usually end up hitting the ball out in front as my arms straighten. I lose power and pull easy ground balls to short stop. Sometimes I get the timing right and crush the ball. Just not as consistent as I would like. I usually go 1 for 2. Now you would think it should be easy to hit a slow pitch softball because you have all the time in the world to wait. It is a damed if I do damed if I don't situation. Wait too long and get jammed. Go too early and strike out or hit under powered wrist roll over ground balls. I need to find the timing balance in the middle of too early and too late.

  25. the pitcher is TRYING to get you to put your foot down early. The whole purpose of the change-up is to rob you of your power cuz you're hitting with your arms , and not your legs and torso. So why would you want to hep the pitcher by doing yourself purposely what he's trying to trick you into doing?

  26. I have a pretty good 11 year old. He’s hit them out at 10 over 205. He takes a step although he’s toned it down. He was trying to emulate Josh for a while. Asking an 11 year to “learn” perfect timing ain’t going to work. He’s going to see at least 3 different pitchers every game. My kid struggles badly when he tries to “let it get a little deeper” etc. He can get that foot down early and still be in a powerful position from there. To the extent I ever doubted letting him do that and letting time as opposed to instruction help him with timing, I came across a swing I forgot about – David Wright. I realized that if my kid gets his foot down early and I snapped a picture at that moment that is where David Wright is with his little no stride type move. I call it that as I don’t know what else to call it as technically Wright strides.

  27. This is mechanics. It's very easy… when to load, read the pitch and stride. You are teaching any of the timing part. Sad

  28. I'm just wondering… Every timing video I have seen is mechanics and not timing. Just because they say the "timing" in their video; they think they are teaching it. Every "hitting a curveball" video I've seen is mechanics too. 70% of hitting is not being taught anymore. I feel like I went to sleep and woke up 50years later only to find baseball has lost knowledge at hitting and catching.

  29. My son is 10 years old and I’m trying to get him to swing earlier. He always hits the ball late or fouls it late.

  30. @YouGoProBaseball but when do we lift our front leg when hitting? Some coaches teach that when the ball leaves the pitcher's hand you lift your leg, and others teach that when the pitcher steps on his front leg then the hitter lifts his leg.

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