A two-strike count doesn’t have to be a hitter’s biggest fear. Remember, there’s a reason they give you three strikes in baseball.
When you are down in the count, it can be beneficial for you to use a two-strike approach when you step into the batter’s box. When faced with two strikes, you should make both mental and physical adjustments to increase your chances of hitting the baseball.
You should be mentally ready to compete when stepping to the plate. Be aggressive and less selective – slightly expand your strike zone. Don’t leave your fate entirely in the umpire’s hands.
An aggressive approach can help ensure you are doing everything possible to put the bat on the ball. With the count in their favor, pitchers are going to try every pitch location to record that strikeout. Try focusing on the outer half of the plate and reacting to anything thrown inside. This is usually a good mental approach.
There are several physical adjustments that can help improve your hitting odds while still maintaining your fundamental swing:
- Choke up on the bat to improve your control and help shorten your swing.
- Make short, quick and efficient movements to contact. This is something you want to do with your swing all the time, but it is a good reminder with two strikes. Sometimes that involves spreading out your feet for a wider stance.
- Many pitchers like to pitch away for that final strike. Try moving slightly closer to the plate when down in the count. This can improve your plate coverage.
These physical and mental adjustments can help you make more two-strike contact, reducing strike outs and increasing the times you reach base.
Looking to get some baseball hitting work in during the offseason? Check out this indoor soft toss drill to help get you ready for opening day.