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Switch Hitting


Posted by: Eric (eritson@hotmail.com) on Fri Apr 22 10:20:14 2005


As a senior college SS, I did not begin to switch-hit until I was 22 years old. There are many more factors that go into switch-hitting than many people on this particular forum know, or think they know. Most wouldn't know unless they actually had the capability to switch-hit, or learn to (which is possible). I will not begin to get into them all (the factors), although please email me with any questions you have. Ever notice that most switch-hitters throw right-handed? They are right-hand dominant AND right-eye dominant. Usually, and simply, your dominant "eye" plays a key role in being able to switch-hit. If your are right-hand dominant and right-eye dominant, you probably have a good chance at excelling as a left-handed hitter. Personally, I batted right-handed against all pitchers (suceeding against LHP's) until I realized my dominant eye was not actually facing the pitcher vs. RHP's. It is much easier for a right eye dominant, right-handed hitter to hit a left-handed pitcher. "Experts" talk about how all of the major-league switch-hitters hit better left-handed and are so much better against RHP. Well.. it's not hard to figure out, MOST pitchers are RHP and therefore, the MOST HR's/success is going to come batting left-handed. Also, there is more room for failure batting right-handed, with less at-bats to work with. Plus, all switch-hitters actually do see LHP's less often, naturally increasing the LHP's odds against a switch-hitter batting right-handed.

> > if you are not an ampidextrious person do you still believe that they can make teh transition to switch hitter?
>
> Hi Roche:
>
> Some of Babe Ruth's "blasts" came from the right side of the plate. He hit the ball righty just as far as he hit the ball lefty. Therefore, the quality of one's mechanics when hitting a certain way--and not ambidexterity--will determine how far the ball will be hit.
>
> I hope you find hope in this exemplum.
>
> Best Wishes,
> BHL


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