Baseball Hitting Stances

How does a batter hit a pitch? What are some of the stances you can use? Get ready to learn about the batting stances in baseball.

Introduction

There are lots of ways to hit a baseball. It all depends on your leg dominance and the type of stance that is most comfortable to you.

Baseball At-Bat

There are three (3) types of stances you can use during your at-bat:

  1. Square Stance
  2. Open Stance
  3. Closed Stance

In this tutorial, we will learn about the types of stances batters can use when they enter the batter's box for their at-bat.

Left-Handed Hitters, Right-Handed Hitters, and Switch Hitters

A player's dominant hand determines how he grips the bat and on which side of home plate he stands. Players grip the bat with their dominant hand on top, and stand with their non-dominant shoulder closer to the pitcher. Batters tend to hit better off pitchers who have the opposite dominant hand as them, because the pitch enters their vision sooner.

Left-Handed Hitters

Left-handed hitters/lefties are players whose dominant hand is their left hand. They stand on the right side of home plate and usually hit better off right-handed pitchers.

Right-Handed Hitters

Right-handed hitters/righties are players whose dominant hand is their right hand. They stand on the left side of home plate and usually hit better off left-handed pitchers.

Switch Hitters

Switch hitters are players who can bat on either side of the plate. They usually are not ambidextrous themselves, they have just been trained to hit both left-handed and right-handed. Being a switch hitter is useful because they can hit against both left-handed and right-handed pitchers; there is no disadvantage to hitting against a pitcher with the same dominant hand because they can simply bat from the other side of the plate.

Square Stance, Open Stance, and Closed Stance

Every batter has his unique stance adjusted to his comfort and intent for the at-bat. However, there are three common categories of batting stances: square stance, open stance, and closed stance.

Square Stance

The square batting stance is the most common stance. The batter stands with both his feet an equal distance from the plate, and parallel to the side of the batter's box. It allows batters to see the pitcher with both eyes, and to be in a good, balanced position to hit any pitch.

Open Stance

The open batting stance is when the batter stands with his front foot farther from home plate than his back foot. This causes his chest to be facing the pitcher slightly, making him open to the pitcher. It allows batters to track the pitch better, and to pull the ball.

Closed Stance

The closed batting stance is when the batter stands with his back foot farther home plate than his front foot. Since this causes his back to be facing the pitcher slightly, he is closed to the pitcher. Although this stance makes it harder to see the ball, some batters claim it helps them hit the ball more powerfully.

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