When you work with young hitters a lot, you’re reminded to dig deep and ask them to explain why they’re doing what they’re doing. They won’t give you a very good answer most of the time but that’s expected.
There’s a lot of moving parts and the key is to look at how the technique interacts with their personal style, then finding all the right adjustments to make it work for him personally. They don’t follow directions because on one level or another, what’s being said isn’t helping them.
Hitters are reluctant to make adjustment when they’re given advice because they rely so heavily on trial, error and outcome, that deep down they’re saying “put up or shut up” haha! It’s not personal, it’s their reality and the key is to show them how the pieces fit together and fix all the problems that come about due to their personal style, and coordinate the natural time they allow to get their swing through (some hitters need to feel a longer flow of time to be able to repeat the experience).
The time it takes a hitter to get to the ball comfortably without rushing or leaving anything out is unique to every hitter…the remaining time is left for seeing the ball, feeling the speed, sensing the movement and letting the ball travel into the hitting bubble.
It takes some hands on feel to get that right and more importantly, it’s priceless for the hitter because he has to believe it himself to completely commit to the process.
It’s hard for a young hitter to choose when their are so many options that produce both success and failure. No matter what you do you’ll have a measure of success so it’s confusing to figure out what’s the MLB path and what’s standing in for the 14 year old hitting.