How to Bat Left-Handed

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In baseball, batting left-handed is the same as batting right-handed except that the batter is on the other side of home plate, particularly the side closer to first base. Develop the fundamentals for a left-handed swing with help from a professional baseball instructor in this free video on batting left-handed in baseball.

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Video Transcript

The question's asked how to hit left-handed. Well the answer to that is the same as how to hit right-handed. The exact same fundamentals apply to a left-handed hitter that applies to a right-handed hitter. The same approach to hitting is going to be almost exactly the same depending on whether it's a right-handed or a left-handed pitcher. But basically to hit left-handed you are going to be just standing on the left-handed side of the plate as it is viewed from the pitcher's mound. Left-handed batter is on this side of the plate with the plate in front of him instead of being over in the other right-handed batters box. And basically the same fundamentals apply. We are going to get a good stance with our knees inside our feet. We are going to take a negative move to gain momentum with our hands going slightly behind at about even with their shoulder. Our weight loaded up on our back foot being careful not to get our back knee back over our foot. And keeping our knees inside our foot we are going to make a toe touch. We are going to at heel plant we are going to turn our back knee in. The hips and knee will go before the bat goes. We are going to connect to swing the upper body lower behind the elbow go right under your hands, the left palm will be palm up the rest of the swing. We will take the knob of the bat right to the plane of the ball. At this point our back foot should be totally rotated upon our back toe. We are going to make contact with a firm front side. Our right leg firm, our back knee bent, at this position with our arm still bent at this point and time we are going to throw the bat to a position of the extension chest high, and finish with our shoulder reversed, and our hands and the bat above our back shoulder. And that is basically the same fundamentals I would describe for a right-handed hitter. So how to become a left-handed hitter the same way you become a right-handed hitter. You develop the correct fundamentals of the swing, try to stay on the plane with the ball, and hit from the left side. And basically that is how to be a left-handed hitter.


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