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Distance from plate
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Tyler Barrett



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09 Feb 2018 04:56 PM
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With a rotational swing, it seems like you might want to typically be closer to the plate. If you are too far away, you will have a tendency to start casting. Too close and it will too hard to hit the inside pitches. Does anyone have any insight on determining how far away from the plate a player should set up?

Steve Johnson



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14 Feb 2018 01:02 PM
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Good question. I tried to find advice on this and surprising how sparse it is. I tell mine to put the bat flat on the ground over the plate and parallel with the front edge. Set it so the tip of the barrel just reaches the far side of the plate. I then have them put their toes up against the knob and that is where they should stand. The toes of my 7YO is about an inch away from the chalk line on the batters box by this method. He gets good plate coverage and can drill inside pitches.

My kids are not that advanced yet (oldest is 10), so take this for what it's worth. Hopefully someone has a better method that has been tested at higher levels.

Tyler Barrett



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14 Feb 2018 05:42 PM
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My oldest is 10 as well, so I appreciate the idea. We will give this a try. Thanks!

Chris O'Leary



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19 Feb 2018 11:10 AM
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With a rotational swing, it seems like you might want to typically be closer to the plate.


I believe this is likely true.

In general, you want to be...

1. Close enough to cover the Outer 1/3 of the plate.
2. Not so close you can't get the Sweet Spot on a pitch over the Inner 1/3.

My discussion of and pieces on X-Axis Adjustability explain the finer points of how to this.

You can determine this to a degree via dry swings, but I like to check (especially the Inner 1/3) using video to see exactly where on the bat contact is being made.
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