Hitting

My progression of hitting webbooks, the higher levels of which are available only to my clients, include...

  • FREE Hitting Clinic: My FREE, 10-minute hitting clinic provides an overview of my views about hitting.
  • Fixing Bat Drag: How to fix Bat Drag, the number one culprit behind long swings and killer of swings at all levels of play.
  • Hitting Mechanics 101: The high-level swing, how to develop it, and how to keep a hitter's from getting coached out of it.
  • Power Hitting Mechanics: Can't hit the curveball? Can't get the fastball past the warning track? Or even to it? This level focuses on hitting for power and is based on my experience with my college hitters and my major league clients.

...and can be purchased through my web site.

I have also created several topic-specific hitting webbooks that can be purchased through my web site and that are available, for free, to many of my hitting clients...

  • Fixing Bat Drag: The definitive resource for fixing the most common problem in young hitters, and some older hitters.
  • Slow-Pitch Power Secrets: An application of many of the same concepts I discuss to the game of slow-pitch softball.

Non-clients will be interested in a number of pieces that I have put together that discuss different aspects of hitting and the swing. Articles marked with a are viewable by everyone. Those marked with a are viewable only by all registered users of my client site.

In terms of my qualifications, credentials, and experience, my piece on Andres Torres' Swing discusses the work we have done together since 2008.

Hitting Diaries

Chris O'Leary's Hitting Diaries

I am frequently asked how and what I work on with hitters. As a result, I have put together a number of hitting diaries that discuss what I have worked on with my players, clients, and other hitters whose swings I have consulted on.

Harris-Stowe State (HSSU) Hitters

Does my approach to teaching Rotational Hitting work at the college level?

YEAR

AVG

SLG

XBHs

2013

.248

.324

56

2014

.298

.412

72

2015

.263

.357

74

2016

.311

.449

144

2017

.334

.472

142

I started working with Harris-Stowe State University's hitters in February of 2016...

For the 2017 season, HSSU hitters led or were at the top of the AMC conference for a number of hitting categories...

How did they achieve such dramatic improvements? I discuss, in detail, the tweaks I suggested in my...

Clients may also read my VERY important piece on...

Mark Trumbo

Mark Trumbo contacted me in 2014 in an effort to improve his ability to hit for average while retaining his power. He thought his problems might be due to Bat Drag. They turned out to be due to a problem with his Timing, and I shared with him some things I learned as a result of my experience with Andres Torres.

Matt Holliday

During 2016, Matt Holliday made a change that hurt his Z-Axis Adjustability. On August 8, 2016 I made a comment about that change to someone I know and made a suggestion that made its way to Matt Holliday. if you compare Matt Holliday's numbers before and after August 8, 2016, it's obvious that my suggestion had a major impact on his swing. Prior to August 8, Matt Holliday hit .238. After August 8, Matt Holliday hit .462.

Albert Pujols

Curiously, Albert Pujols developed the same Z-Axis Adjustability problem in 2011 that Matt Holliday did in 2016, due to what I believe is a problem with how the Cardinals organization teaches hitting. I had a conversation about the problem with Andres Torres, who then communicated my concerns to Pujols. Why do I believe that Memorial Day 2011 conversation had an impact? From April-May 2011 Albert Pujols hit .262. From June-September 2011 Albert Pujols hit .318.

Jhonny Peralta

Jhonny Peralta's problem was due to something that I call a True Loop and that I first noticed as a result of Colby Rasmus' struggles and how his swing changed over the years. In short, a True Loop is a loop in the swing that results from an effort to fix a (phony) loop in the swing. I made someone I know in the Cardinals organization aware of the issue, and Peralta made some effort to correct the problem, which I believe contributed to his up-swing at the end of the 2016 season.

Tommy Pham

I worked with Tommy Pham from 2010 until late September 2015. During one 10-day period, he put up 1.0 bWAR of value.

In 2016, when he stopped listening to me, Mr. Internet Guy, and started listening to his pro coaches, Tommy Pham hit .226.

Matt Adams

I don't know if my advice made it to Matt Adams, but here is what I suggested.

The gist was that he needed to get into his legs. To widen his stance. To bend his knees. He's too tall, perhaps in an attempt to get extension and leverage.

Stephen Piscotty

I don't know if my advice made it to Stephen Piscotty, but here is what I suggested.

The starting point was to get him to open up his front foot. At a minimum, Stephen Piscotty is at significant risk for lower body problems for the reasons I lay out in my theory of lower body injuries in hitters and like Albert Pujols has.

There's also the issue that a closed front foot can limit hip rotation and thus power. The logic behind a closed front foot is just terrible, given that it's designed to keep the hips closed. If the hips are the key source of a hitter's power, why exactly would you want to keep them closed into contact, which is what is accomplished by keeping the front foot closed into contact.

Stephen Piscotty's extremely closed front foot also reduces his adjustability and creates problems similar to what Pujols and Holliday experienced.

Anybody sensing a pattern?

Andres Torres

My discussion of my experience with Andres Torres gives an overview of my work with Andres Torres. My hitting diaries give some specifics.

My Younger Son

Tables of Contents

In order to make it easier for people to access my information, I have duplicated the tables of contents of my hitting webbooks below. If you are interested in getting an overview of everything I'm working on, the Master Index is the place to look.

Power/Advanced Hitting Mechanics