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Training small guys vs big guys

Baseball is unique in that you can find great players that come in all shapes and sizes. If you want to play in the NBA or NFL you need to have the prerequisite genetics for height and size. Take a look at the picture below. Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve.

Two elite hitters. One is 6'7 280 lbs, the other is 5'6 166 lbs. This is what makes working with hitters so much fun. You can get a lot out of guys even if they are not gifted with Aaron Judge size. Guys like Altuve, Mookie Betts, Jose Rameriz, and Alex Bregman are all smaller guys measuring under 6 feet tall. While you will find hitters of every size, working with small guys is different than working with bigger ones. Today I want to discuss what smaller hitters need to do differently than bigger guys, how they are capable of generating power like bigger players and how coaches should approach working with smaller guys.

What are smaller hitters taught differently than bigger ones?

Traditionally, smaller hitters are taught to be contact hitters, have short swings, not drive the ball, keep the ball on the ground and generally have smaller moves in their swings. In my opinion, this is completely backwards. Why?

Smaller guys need to do more to generate power than bigger guys do.

When it comes to power generation, there are 3 main things that hitters must do in the swing: put force into the ground, stretch their body and sequence correctly. You can read about these factors of power generation here. For smaller guys, they need to do all of these things bigger and more efficiently.

Check out this video to learn more about training small hitters vs big hitters.


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