The Hitting Zone
What is the hitting zone and what's the perfect pitch for me to hit? Well the better more consistent batters are the batter's that can see the ball and hit the ball. These batters have determined an area of the strike zone that is ideally suited for their approach. The zone for a batter is different from the strike zone for an umpire and pitcher. This is the difference; the strike zone is determined by the umpire and is suppose to be any ball thrown by the pitcher that crosses the 17" width portion of home plate (without bouncing) located between the batter's knees and letters on his chest. Is it always called this way? No, and that makes baseball pretty unique in that umpires can miss called strikes with no recourse. In retrospect to the strike zone each batter has an area of the strike zone that becomes his hot zone. This is the area of the strike zone where a batter feels really comfortable because he sees the ball well. Each time a pitch is thrown in this area he gets a base hit at least 3 out of 10 times. With every good there is a not so good. So, as well as those hot zones, batters also have weak zones or troubled hitting areas of the strike zone. These areas are deemed his weak spots because the batter has a problem making good contact. These are zones where the batter can go from a .300 hitter down to a .200 hitter. Believe it or not this holds true for every batter.
So the hitting zone for each batter will vary. Knowing your zones are crucial because this knowledge separates the great, good and poor hitters. The batter who has the discipline and the ability to hit the ball where it's pitched is the batter who survives in the baseball world. It is this batter who can take the outside strike be patient by letting the ball travel further into the strike zone is batter who is able to drive that pitch to the opposite field with authority. Take the inside pitch and pull it sharply down the line and take the pitch over the middle, up the middle. He has learned that if he tries to pull a pitch on the outer portion of the plate it will result in a weakly hit ball to an awaiting infielder which will, 9 out of 10 times, be an out.
Below are the hitting zones that will make you a more consistent hitter. The illustrations show the proper bat angle and how you should approach the swing with your hands. Master these pitches and hit the ball where it thrown and you will have the eyes of the baseball world upon you. For more on becoming a better hitter check out The Hitting Zone
Bat Placement for the inside pitch
A Closer look Left-Handed batter.
Hitting up the middle
Drive the ball up the middle
Going with the pitch.
It is important to let the ball travel through the hitting zone in order to take the pitch the opposite way and hit it with authority.
The Sweet Spot, where you want to make contact on the ball, no matter where it's thrown. Also recognize that the bat is making contact with the inner portion of the baseball and the bat is above the ball. If you make contact below the ball you will do nothing but hit easy pop-ups and lazy fly balls. By hitting down on the ball you have a better chance to hit line drives or sharp ground balls.
Remember when you hit a grounder three things have to happen before they get you out 1. Someone has to catch the ball. 2. They then have to throw the ball. 3. Finally, someone else has to catch the ball.
On a lazy fly ball or a weak pop-up all a player needs to do is catch the ball to record an out.