When teaching hitting, I'm a believer in taking a ground up approach. That is, start with the feet and gradually move up. It really won't matter how strong the player is or how quick his hands are unless his body is balanced in a good base.
Regardless of the sport you play, a strong base is essential. A good, strong base enables athletes to get the best balance, power, quickness, left-right movement, up-down movement, and front-back movement. This is why many coaches refer to the proper body position as the "athletic position." These pictures all show athletes of different sports in this position:
Here are the details of this position:
- Feet wider than the shoulders
- Knees slightly bent
- Slight bend at the waist
- Feet flat but weight is more on the front half - balls of the feet.
- Head still and centered between the feet, eyes level.
A batting stance does not need to be any more complicated than getting into this athletic position and putting a bat in your hands.
You will see some hitters start with their feet more narrow ...
... but even those hitters get their body into the athletic position before contact.
If your hitting needs work, go back to the basics and start by looking at your feet.