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Learn How to Hip Hinge and Increase your Power

What is a Hip Hinge?

If you want to hit for power, mastering the \"hip hinge\" is a crucial part of getting your body primed to hit.  At Softball Rebellion, we have found that many athletes don\'t know what a hip hinge is, especially younger players, so we are here to help. Hip hinging requires flexion and extension at the hips while maintaining a neutral spine. For further explanation, check out the video below.

Points of Emphasis:

  • To adequately hip hinge, think of pushing your hips backward. This will load your glutes and hamstrings.
  • Avoid overexaggerating a bend of the knees. Bending your knee loads your quads.
  • Overloading the quad can at times lead to a hitter standing up as they begin to stride rather than staying loaded into the back hip.

How does Hinging at the Hips Produce Power?

Weight Room:

Before we begin analyzing how creating a hip hinge increases power in your swing, let's look at how hinging creates power in a few other athletic movements. According to Ken Grall of Johnson Fitness and Wellness, "the hip hinge offers many benefits:

  1. It opens up Hamstring flexibility and offers mobility through the hip joint
  2. Builds symmetry and reduces injury
  3. Shortens the learning curve when introducing more complex movements/exercises."

Grall is speaking of exercises like squats, deadlifts, and kettlebell swings, along with many more complex movements.

Hitting:

Similarly, when hitting, hinging at the hips opens up mobility through the hip joint, allowing you to load your back hip properly to produce more power. If you stand up out of your hinge early in your swing, you run the risk of pushing forward with your chest and hands, often producing pop-ups and mis-hits. Below, Softball Rebellion hitting instructor, Garret Gordon, explains how to apply the hip hinge to your swing.

Points of Emphasis:

  • As you start to stride, hinge at the hips. If you hinge properly, you should feel your weight loaded into your back hip.
  • While you load, your upper body should pull back, creating separation between your shoulders and hips.
  • Separation creates tension, which translates into power once the hitter begins to swing.
  • If you're having trouble loading into your back hip, check out this drill.

Creating a Proper Hip Hinge

Now that you understand the hip hinge, it's time to practice at home. Creating body awareness starts with creating proper movements. Make sure you're hinging properly with the dowel rod drill.

The Dowel Rod Drill

Points of Emphasis:

  • The dowel rod should remain in contact with your tailbone and your upper back throughout the drill.
  • If you start to bend with your back instead of hinging your hips, you will feel the dowel rod drift away from your body.

Efficient Movements Create Power

Great hitters create exceptional body movements. Understanding how to create separation between your upper and lower body, while hip hinging as you stride is directly related to your ability to drive the ball. If you want to be great, take control of your body and start to understand how you can move more efficiently and powerfully in your swing.

Shape Shifter Series 2 In this next installment of the “Shape Shifter” series, I will be highlighting The Hinge.  This is a very important move for a few reasons.  Along......

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Prime Examples

Below is a comparison of two softball players who load and move very differently from each other.  The one on the left has been training at Baseball Rebellion for years and the other girl just sent the video in for an online evaluation.  The goal is to show you how we teach our hitters to get in the right positions with the drills we use from our Rebel's Rack Movement Progression and other drills like the one you'll see in this article.

Ride The Band And Feel The Hinge

The goal with these drills is to get hitters in positions where they must do what you are teaching them.  I know, groundbreaking, right? Simple setups like this drill will allow you to perform the drill at a moment's notice.  You could use a rope instead of the band and you could also try and do this up against a net.  I like the band because the hitter will really feel themselves push back and feel the band stretching.

3 Benefits From This Drill

Plate Coverage - If your hitter is doing this drill properly they will find that they are able to drive different parts of the zone much better.  This is because they are now in a better hitting position which will allow for more adjustability throughout the swing.  Being able to crush the ball in your sweet spot is one thing, but being able to make solid contact on pitches low and away or up and in is what makes you a real hitter.  

Direction - Since the hitter is now able to get their hips back and in a hinged position there, being able to stay through the ball will be much better.  Hitters with tall posture have a tendency to pull and spin off the ball.  With the chest over it allows for the bat path to stay in line with the pitcher, making the hitter have a better chance of crushing the ball.  

Hard Hit Balls - getting in this hip hinged position truly sets the hitter up to crush the ball.  Without this posture, the hitter is not loaded properly and won't get the most out of their swing.  The lower half is now fully loaded from this position and when a hitter decides to swing they will hit the ball much harder than before.

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The hip hinge is a vital part of having a powerful and consistent swing. Most young kids have a tough time figuring this out because they have yet to step in the weight room. Therefore, as an Instructor I have to get a little creative with how I can get hitters in the positions they need. Every hitter responds differently and this drill below may just help your hitter to get that swing they desire.

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How To Correct An Open Or Closed Landing

The position we land in can set us up for success or failure right from the start. If we begin our swing from an open or closed stance, this will dictate the direction of our swing no matter how good the movement is. Just like when throwing a ball, you want to stride towards the target so you can be more accurate.

2020 Guide To Offseason Goal Setting

How to Organize The Offseason

As we make our way into November, the offseason is officially upon us. The work we put in from November-March will determine our results from March-October. There is no time in-season for individual skill training. So when is there time? Now. Time is the most precious resource we have and when it comes to a baseball “offseason” there isn’t much of it. We as athletes have to maximize our offseason time in order to improve ourselves and become who we want to be as a player. There needs to be clear goals and intentions set for this time period. These goals should be a combination of improving your struggles from last season and developing into who you want to be in the future.

Schedule

In order to get the most out of your offseason, I suggest creating a plan/schedule for how you will spend your time. The amount of time you spend on certain things should reflect what it is you value the most. Desperately need to get stronger? More time needs to be dedicated to the weight room and eating. 200lbs of muscle but can’t hit? Carve out specific time dedicated to improving as a hitter. Understand who you are and who you want to be and assign the correct amount of time to each discipline that you deem important.

Goal Setting For The Offseason

Apart from setting up an efficient offseason is creating goals to strive for. Getting yourself to do what you need to do 3 months from a season can be tough to do. But, if you give yourself goals both short term and long, you’re more likely to challenge yourself and hold yourself accountable. I suggest creating 3 goals for each offseason (1 skill work such as hitting, fielding, or throwing; 1 speed goal; and 1 strength goal). This allows you to diversify your training and simplify your entire game into 3 goals.

Measurable

Each goal must be measurable. If you want to get faster your goal can’t be “get faster”. How can you prove that? You must be able to assign a number to each goal and measure it at the beginning, middle, and end of your training. The more specific the goal, the easier it will be to design your training around it.

Transferable

Pick a goal that is transferable to your game. Your goal should be something that you want to improve on but also something that helps you be a better player on the field. If you’re a 220lb corner infielder your goal shouldn’t be to be a better bunter. Make sure your goal will directly correlate to you being a better baseball player.

Realistic

Your goals must be realistic. If you weigh 120lbs and want to get stronger, good. But, your goal shouldn’t be to get to 200lbs by the spring. That’s unrealistic and will more than likely lead to you getting pissed for not reaching your goal and giving up one month in. Push yourself, but be true to yourself and what exactly you can accomplish during that time period.

Example Goals

What?- I want to improve my bat speed. 

Why?- As an undersized athlete I have to do more with less to hit the ball as hard as I need to succeed. 

How?- I will keep track of my bat speed through a diamond kinetics bat sensor. 

Current Bat Speed Average- 62mph

Desired Bat Speed Average- 70mph

Making Adjustments to the Program

Evaluate, Plan, Reassess, Adjust

Now that we have a clear goal and have gone through an original assessment and created a plan for accomplishing our goal, we have to evaluate if our program is working. Time is too critical to go through an entire 12-week bat speed program to look up in 12 weeks and find out that we’re actually swinging slower. We must evaluate and reassess during the program to see if we need to alter or adjust anything. 

The Big 4

The offseason can be a time to transform who you are into who you want to be. But, the time has to be put in. For a position player, I would consider making goals and training towards improving 4 different things. Size, speed, arm strength, and one hitting improvement should all have goals. Those 4 things can transform you into the player you want to be. Be smart with your goals and disciplined in following them. Make this the best offseason yet.

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The hip hinge is a vital part of having a powerful and consistent swing. Most young kids have a tough time figuring this out because they have yet to step in the weight room. Therefore, as an Instructor I have to get a little creative with how I can get hitters in the positions they need. Every hitter responds differently and this drill below may just help your hitter to get that swing they desire.

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How To Correct An Open Or Closed Landing

The position we land in can set us up for success or failure right from the start. If we begin our swing from an open or closed stance, this will dictate the direction of our swing no matter how good the movement is. Just like when throwing a ball, you want to stride towards the target so you can be more accurate.

How The Squat And Deadlift Can Improve Your Swing

How the Squat and Deadlift Matches launch Position in the Swing

Every great hitter since the beginning of time has some sort of hip hinge either in their starting stance or as they load and stride out.  The knees are slightly bent, the hips are back, and the chest is forward a bit.  This also happens during the squat and deadlift.  Getting athletes to understand and become aware of the hip hinge as they load and stride forward is key for posterior chain and lower half engagement.  Hitters who have never deadlifted or squatted before have a tough time hinging at the hips and creating solid posture at landing.

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Posture At Contact

So much power and explosiveness can be gained by maintaining correct posture throughout your swing.  Athletes who lack strength in the lower half and posterior chain tend to have bad posture at contact due to the fact that they cannot keep their ribs down and core braced.  This leaves hitters in a weak position in the video below. By getting stronger at the squat and deadlift you can improve strength of course but also your posture so you can transfer more force into the ball as safely as possible!

Hitting is a Rotational Hip Thrust

We all know we have to turn and rotate to hit the ball hard.  Hitters who have trouble getting good hip extensions and glute activation most likely just spin on their backside.  Therefore, power is being lost to their pull-side and swing direction truly suffers.  Tying in the quality movement of the squat and deadlift and translating it to the swing can be tough.  Hence why I want you to get under and pick up a barbell this winter! You will be doing yourself a huge favor!

Good Squat vs. Bad Squat

Good Deadlift v.s. Bad Deadlift

Final Thought

If you're looking to take your game to the next level then getting in the weight room this off-season is what you need to do.  Don't be afraid of compound lifts like the squat, bench, and deadlift. And most importantly don't be afraid to push some heavier weight after you have your technique dialed in.  Just because you play baseball or softball doesn't mean you shouldn't lift heavy for what is relative to you.  To be an athlete you have to train like one, and picking up a barbell is a great way to get stronger and have fun!

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The hip hinge is a vital part of having a powerful and consistent swing. Most young kids have a tough time figuring this out because they have yet to step in the weight room. Therefore, as an Instructor I have to get a little creative with how I can get hitters in the positions they need. Every hitter responds differently and this drill below may just help your hitter to get that swing they desire.

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How To Correct An Open Or Closed Landing

The position we land in can set us up for success or failure right from the start. If we begin our swing from an open or closed stance, this will dictate the direction of our swing no matter how good the movement is. Just like when throwing a ball, you want to stride towards the target so you can be more accurate.

Do you know today’s most commonly used hitting terms?

If not, this article will be extremely helpful for you. It’s important for moms, dads, coaches, and players to understand these terms. Knowledge is power, and knowing these terms and what they mean will help everyone learn faster and share hitting information better.

Exit Velocity

Exit Velocity: The speed the ball comes off the bat, this has nothing to do with the bat itself, just the ball once it’s hit. Another term that means the same thing as Exit Velocity is Ball Exit Speed

100mph Exit Velocity

Bat Speed

Bat Speed: this is the speed at which the bat is swung.  This has nothing to do with Exit Velocity of the ball as Bat Speed is only about the bat. Another term that means the same speed as Bat Speed is Swing Speed.

74.2mph Bat Speed

Launch Angle

Launch Angle: The angle at which the ball leaves the bat once it is hit.  Every ball has a launch angle, grounders are negative angles to slightly positive angles (-90 degrees to about 6 degrees). Line Drives are about 7 Degrees to about 24 degrees, and fly balls are higher than 25 degrees generally. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘launch angle swing’. Another term that means the same thing as Launch Angle is Exit Angle.

30 degree LA

Attack Angle

Attack Angle: This is the angle from when the bat enters the hitting zone until contact with the ball. For example: if you swing down and chop at the ball, your attack angle will be a negative number (-15 degrees). If you swing flat and level to the ground it will be 0 degrees. And if you swing upward it will be a positive number, anywhere from 1 to about 25 degrees. Contrary to popular belief, Pop-ups are mostly caused by negative or flat attack angles. Alternatively, line drives and hard grounders are from positive attack angles. Another term that means the same thing as Attack Angle is Swing Plane Angle.

Attack angle/wing plane 16 degrees attack angle

Pitch Plane

Pitch Plane: This the angle that a pitch comes in on, in the major leagues, most fastballs come in between -4 degrees and -8 degrees. The best contact hitters have attack angles that are opposite of these numbers. Home run hitters tend to have higher attack angles than the pitch plane so they have more swing and miss in their swing.

Pitch plane

Area of Impact

Area of Impact: this is how long the bat is in the hitting zone and behind the ball. A perfectly matched attack angle to pitch plane has the longest area of impact, which is around 3.5 feet.

Area of Impact

Hip Hinge

Hip Hinge: this is bending at the waist towards home plate from your stance position. Another term that means the same thing as Hip Hinge is Pelvis Bend.

Hip hinge

Side Bend

Side Bend: this is bending towards home plate at the contact position.  The body has rotated to this ball now so the hip hinge in the stance has transitioned to side bend. Other terms that mean the same thing as Side Bend are Pelvis Side Bend or Torso Bend or Inward Tilt.

Side Bend

Hip and Shoulder Separation

Hip and Shoulder Separation: this is the angle of the front of the pelvis compared to the angle to the shoulder girdle/collar bone of a hitter or thrower.  Generally, the more different the angles of the chest and hips, (more open for hips and more closed for shoulders) the harder a player can swing a bat or throw a ball. Another term that means the same thing as Hip and Shoulder Separation is X-Factor Stretch.

Hip and Shoulder Separation

Hopefully, this article has cleared up some of the murkiness of the internet in regards to hitting terms.

At Baseball Rebellion, we want people to feel included in our discussions instead of excluded by hard to understand terms. If there are others you think we should list and identify, please comment below.

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The Best Drills to Hit for More Power, NOW!

Medicine Ball Throws

The Med Ball Throws are great to help develop a hitter’s rotational power. Hitters of all ages perform med ball throws daily here at Baseball Rebellion. Here are the recommended med ball sizes (in pounds) for each age group: -8U: 4-6 Pounds -10U: 6 Pounds -12U: 6-8 Pounds -Middle School: 8-10 Pounds -High School: 10-12 Pounds -College: 14-20 Pounds

The Wheel Drill

If you are training to hit the ball higher and farther, you must first learn how we have to use the body in order to hit for power like this. Use the Wheel drill in your baseball training when you are trying to fix your downward swing path. This is a great drill to help a hitter feel the early tilt in their swing and then feel the upward swing path through contact!

The Turn Behind The Turn

This drill is an oldie but a goodie. Perhaps the best description I’ve ever heard of what the barrel is supposed to be doing comes from our CEO, Chas Pippitt. The “turn behind the turn” is the key to stop pushing your bat and develop deep barrel speed. It’s important to keep your hands up and back so the barrel can attack!

The Angled Noodle Drill

Use this drill to help you start hitting bombs low in the zone! The Angled Noodle Drill is designed to help baseball and softball hitters with their shoulder bend and hip hinge. This drill will help prepare hitters to hit for power on pitches lower in the strike zone! The Angled Noodle Drill will also help stay more connected and supported with the barrel.

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How To Stop Hooking Foul Balls

"Well anybody can pull the ball". This often said phrase may just be the most incorrect statement related to hitting. While any hitter can hit the ball to their pull side, only few can do it correctly and with power. Often times the hitter is either trained and forced to hit the ball backside or don't release the barrel well enough to pull it effectively.

The Direction Drill uses constraints to force the hitter to stay through the path of the ball instead of rolling their hands and pulling the bat through the zone instead of turning it.

5 Ways This Drill Forces You to Hit For Hit For More Power with Less Foul Balls

#1: Keeps the Bat On Plane with the Pitch Longer

The constraint of the noodle forces the hitter to keep their barrel through the zone and on plane with the pitch for a longer time. If the hitter is in and out of the zone too quickly they will pull their hands across their chest towards the pull side too early.

The Feedback

By doing so with the noodle there, the bat will hit the noodle and knock it over. In order for the drill to be done correctly, the hitter must keep the bat over the noodle with allows for a better bat path.

#2: Helps Hitters Upper Body Posture

This drill forces hitter to use better posture (Hip Hinge and Side Bend). With the hitter forced to not swing around and into the noodle, they must use their posture and keep their back shoulder over the plate to allow the bat to move correctly.

#3: Eliminates "Pushing The Knob" Towards the Ball

A hitter that allows or pushes their head forward inside of the turn puts themselves at a great disadvantage. A head forward positioning in the stride leads hitters to be flat or even down through the zone with their bat path.

Body Posture

A forward head position while doing this drill will make it extremely difficult for the hitter to keep the bat above the noodle.

#4: You Can Hit and Drill at the SAME TIME! Wahooooo

Many people want to see immediate improvement and implementation with their drills. This drill allows the hitter to take their normal batting practice with both visual and constraint cues!

#5: Provides Immediate Feedback

Evaluating the success of this drill is pretty simple. If you hit the noodle in the swing, you're doing it wrong. Don't have to pick up the noodle after every swing, keep going you're getting better.

Evaluating the success of this drill is pretty simple. If you hit the noodle in the swing, you're doing it wrong. Don't have to pick up the noodle after every swing, keep going you're getting better.

The Direction Drill in Action

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Stop Flying Open- The Pump Fake Drill

Many hitters of all ages do not always get to the best position when their front foot lands.  Keeping the body loaded throughout the stride is crucial for hitters to truly perform their best.  With this “pump fake check drill,” you will help your hitters gain more awareness of where they actually have to be when their front foot gets down.  

The Swing that Never Was

Whether you’re big, small, strong, or weak it really doesn’t matter if you do not get the body ready. 

Something that needs to be addressed to any hitter who is looking to improve their swing is the ability to stay loaded before the front foot gets down.  I have talked about this before and to truly fix this problem you as a hitter need to educate yourself and then change! Check the video out below for further explanation. 

3 Focus Points for the Pump Fake Drill

1. Body Awareness: 

  • For athletes to actually make changes they have to see and feel the difference of what is right and wrong. 
  • Since we will pump fake the hitter and then see where they land if done correctly they will know and see and vice versa. 
  • The goal is to change for the better, the way you do that is to fail and try again. 
  • Therefore performing this drill will help hitters decipher the difference between what they are doing and what they actually have to do. 
  • Trust the process these things take time

2. Fully Loaded: 

  • With the body in a better position in regards to hip hinge and shoulder angle at landing this truly will set your hitter up for more success. 
  • Not preparing the body correctly when hitting does nothing but frustrate a hitter more. 
  • Therefore paying attention to your rib cage and shoulder angle will allow the hitter to have better direction in their swing.

3. More Power: 

  • Since the hitter will actually be prepared properly not only will theory become more consistent but will gain some power from this as well. 
  • With the hitter landing ready and loaded it allows them to let everything flow properly in their swing. 
  • After you have mastered the hinge and stride check out how you can add even more power by building the engine in your swing even further.

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Creating Better Arm Position = Better Barrel Turn

The upper body in the swing is very crucial. It is part of what's holding and ultimately delivering the bat to contact. Unfortunately, the upper body is where most hitters make the biggest mistakes.

Here at Baseball Rebellion, we have our Rebel’s Rack progression of movements that hitters can learn. As a result, this allows hitters to turn better with better posture.  Once a hitter has mastered there footwork, posture and turn it’s time to dive into the positions and movements of what your arms should do when you hit.

The Elite Upper Body Move

A lot of elite hitters get their arms in a position that resembles somewhat of a house.  As you can see there are five points of contact which makes a pentagon shape.  The main point is to help you all understand the certain angles the arms can make.

Take a look at the pictures below of Yelich, Trout, Betts, and Bonds that their "house" is shaped a little bit differently.  Just like how the architecture and shapes of the homes many people live in are also different.

Now does this something that happens every single swing? No, but I bet you that every ball these guys hit from this position at contact was crushed. A matter of fact this is something you can practice that will help you generate more bat speed and more hard contact with the ball. 

hitters house

When You Should Practice Upper Body Mechanics

First off if you're not squaring the ball up and hitting the ball hard but your footwork, posture, and turn are on point then you’re going to want to keep reading.  A lot of hitters that I have trained in the past and even now are missing the “turn behind the turn”.

This is crucial for hitters if they want to hit well. I know it looks like I'm exaggerating the movement but at high speeds, this can become a reality for many hitters. Here are some examples of what not to do.

The Knob Puller

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You can see in the video above I am pulling the knob of the bat across my chest.  When hitters do this they are oftentimes late on the pitch.

If they do happen to make contact it is not solid.  As a result, the ball will slice or flair to right field for right-handed hitters and left the field for left-handed hitters. All in all, this is a move that needs to be avoided. In short, this is a big no-no.

The Woodchopper

wood chopper 2.0

The woodchopper move right here is the worst you can do.  Hitters that swing straight down at the ball have no chance of being consistent.  They also will not make solid contact, this limits their ability to drive the ball.

Please for the sake of your batting average and slugging % DO NOT swing straight down! No matter what professional athletes may say.  This is a contradiction of what they actually did. Only here you can learn what they actually did.

The Bat Dragger

bat dragger gif

The bat drag is most common with younger athletes who have a tough time holding the correct arm position during the swing. Look at my back elbow during this video, what my elbow is doing is not right and is a weak-hitting position.

Also, athletes who lack upper body strength will suffer from the bat drag tremendously.  So please for your own sake do some push-ups and pull-ups to help yourself out! Our Bat Drag Buster is also a great tool to fix this problem. Along with the drills, I am showing you in this article.

The Barrel Pusher

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Pushing the barrel to contact is a tough habit to break.  Hitters will feel the turn and then at the last moment, they throw their hands at the ball.  As a result, this will make hitters miss-hit balls and they will get frustrated.

Another reason hitters do this is that sometimes hitters stand up and out of "side bend" or they never "hip hinged" in the first place!

Get In Front Of The Mirror

In my own personal experience getting in front of a mirror has always been something I liked.  For this reason, give it some time you might like the feel of mastering your arm angles. Getting to see and feel where your body has to be when you hit is crucial for your development.  Working on the angles I have talked about in this article is simple and not time-consuming.  Taking

10-15 minutes before bed or in the morning to work on your best stride, best turn and now even your best barrel turn. Those who take the time to become a master at their craft will find themselves whopping baseballs in the gap!

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Front Shoulder Flying Open

How The Front Shoulder Flying Open is Related to the Load

Everyone talks about the hands, swing up, swing down, swing level, leg kick for power and the list goes on.  Instead of all that for now let's talk about one of the biggest power killers in a lot of hitters' swings.

The inability for a hitter to get loaded properly, causing their front shoulder to fly open too soon.

Stay Loaded Longer

Sometimes we see hitters start their swing with their front foot still in the air.  People and coaches will immediately yell “ get your foot down!” Yes, your front foot needs to get down but that is not the root cause of the problem. The importance of getting your body prepared (loaded) to hit properly is what needs to be understood. Or the hitter will never hit as well as they potentially can. Below is a video comparison that will show you what to look for and then a drill on how to fix it.

Banded Back Elbow Drill

THREE Takeaways From This Drill

1.Mind-Body Connection- 

  • Many hitters lack the ability to actually feel and understand what they need to do to properly hit the ball hard.
  • At the end of the day, your swing and ability to hit the ball will be on you.
  • By simply becoming in tune with how to move and load will you set yourself up to have the best chance to hit the ball. 
  • Once you can repeatedly load to the right position while getting to launch is when you're figuring it out. 

2.Connection-

3.Time-

  • Everyone wants to be good yet they do not want to take the time on their swing. 
  • Hitting off the tee, front toss, BP and off a machine is great! But what people don’t understand that it takes even more than all that to actually make mechanical and changes in your posture to get the most out of your swing. 
  • Those who dedicate time on the field, off the field, and in the weight room are the ones who get better. Because of this, have a chance to keep playing longer than most.

Stay at Home Hitting Drills- Week 1

While most of our country is safe at home during this time, we wanted to give some drills that can be done easily inside. We will continue posting these drills across our various social media platforms and on our website as well. If you have a drill that you're doing at home send it to tyler@baseballrebellion.com and we will highlight it in one of our "Stay at Home" series!

The Wall Stride Drill

Tilted Posture Drill

Turn to Catch

  • Improve timing and direction of rotation
  • Focus on the hitter turning their face to contact instead of using their peripheral vision.
  • Improves hand-eye coordination
  • Trains to adjust posture to different locations of the pitch.

Wall Ball

The Turn Behind

  • Increased barrel awareness
  • Better understanding of acceleration
  • Creates a deeper barrel path to allow the hitter to get "on plane" sooner

Check out our #StayatHome Diamond Kinetics Product Bundle!