Some how, my son had a coach that was teaching them to have a down angle on his swing, which I was not familiar with to that point, but I see some people hit like this. I think they call it 'cutting' the baseball. Thinking they get to the ball faster by taking a direct path to the ball. I know now that it's total crap. The problem is that if the baseball is thrown from a mound at a downward angle and you swing at it using a down angle, there is only one point in both of their trajectories that results in solid contact.
If the batter swings upward along the same plane that the ball is pitched, there is a much greater probability of solid contact.
Check his swing path. My son was also a hard swinger who drove the ball into the ground a lot with this coach. He was getting on base because infielders couldn't really handle the blistering speed of his grounders, but he was frustrated not getting hits.
It took my about a month to fix his swing path and near the end of that one month period, he hit his first home run at the end of his 11 year old season after having hit the fence two times in his prior 3 games while perfecting this. During his 12 year old season, he hit 10 home runs in season, followed by 7 more on his all-star team, including 2 in the same inning off two different pitchers. His new swing gets him trajectory and his natural bat speed gets him the power.
This year (which will be his second full year since we corrected his swing path) at his 13 year old tryout, he was pitched 4 baseballs. He drove them all off the back of the batting cage. One off the top crossbar of the L screen, one between the L and the roof, one to the left of the screen and one to the right of it. The coach was very happy to have the screen. I can't wait to see how he does this year--which will be his first full year on a full-sized diamond. He consistently puts the ball between left-center and right-center, with a slight tendency to hit to the right-center side.
If his coach was smart, he would have hit 3rd or 4th, but the coach's son and 'best friend of son' hit 3-4 with my son batting 5th. He had a higher batting average, more extra base hits, more home runs, more RBI, and more total bases than either of them, but always batted 5th. Go figure :roll: