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Hitting a baseball (or softball) is truly an art. But, with the more recent developments in technology, hitting is becoming more science as well. There are clearly defined ways to gain more power and more consistent success levels at the dish like:
This makes this article probably my most important article to date, as I think we can really show ‘hand path’ to the ball ISN’T actually a “real” thing.
How is this possible?
Well, hear me out on this, and I think you’ll figure it out.
The term ‘Hand Path’ and the things supposed to promote a proper hand path to the ball are telling the brain to do the wrong thing.
We’re all sitting at computers right now, so if I say ‘use your hands to grab the mouse’ what actually happens? Assuming you’re sitting at a chair with your arms on an armrest or with your hands in your lap, you’d activate your ARMS to move you hands over to the mouse. First the shoulder would lift your arm up, then your triceps and front deltoid would extend your arm out towards the mouse before lowering the hand onto the mouse.
What did your HANDS actually do? NOTHING!
We at the Baseball Hitting Rebellion want people to have the most accurate ways to talk about, think about, and practice hitting possible. Why waste time thinking about things counter productive to your real results?
The second a coach says ‘throw your hands’ or ‘hands to the ball’ or ‘knob to the ball’ the brain activates the ARMS. Arms are swing poison…and their use is deadly to the hitter’s chances for success.
Activation of the front arm triceps leads to arm bar, slower rotation, and makes it much more difficult to hit the inside pitch. Also, this action delays the ‘snapping’ of the barrel until much too late, so the barrel is NOT fully powered and sped up before contact and by the time it does speed up, the bat head is out of the hitting zone. For a righty, that means the top speed of the bat is headed towards the 3rd base dugout.
Not a good recipe for success in my book.
So many of the kids who walk through my doors use their arms in their swings. And ALL of my Righty Thrower/Lefty Hitters pull so hard with the front arm triceps…I just had to figure something out to correct this problem.
This brings me to my newest, and best, fix yet for the toughest problem I’ve encountered teaching hitting: Arm activation in the swing. This breakthrough is called The Rebel’s Rack.
The Rebel’s Rack can help eliminate front arm barring and triceps activation, back arm shoulder push, improve wrist flexibility and barrel direction, as well as teach the hitter to gain more separation between the pelvis angle and the shoulder angle.
We put our test group in the Rebel’s Rack and ran them through a few movement drills, some using Drive Developer bands and some just pure movement and barrel manipulations.
The Results were startling…
One college hitter, who was drafted out of high school, went from hitting the ball 86 to 88 consistently, to 89 to 92 with a new high of 93 that he hit 7 times. Usually this kid hits about 10 balls out of 100 over 90mph in a session. This day, he hit over 40. It was stunning.
Another kid, who’s had lessons from me for over 2 years increased his max exit speed 9 mph the first day. his average during his test, of 75 mph, was 6 mph higher than his previous max.
Another kid, who had lessons at a competing facility about an hour away, from a former professional player, improved his Max Speed by 10 MPH. He has had 2 LESSONS in the Hitting Rebel System and only 1 using the Rebel’s Rack. His mother’s direct quote was:
“Thanks Chas! After seeing what you have done with his hitting in only 2 lessons I cannot wait for more! Not only has his hitting improved but his confidence as well. Love it!!”
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Numerous kids (boys and girls) of all ages improved over 6 mph the first day they used the Rebel’s Rack.
Did they get stronger?
No, they got more efficient.
Wasted and misdirected energy is the problem in most swings…The Rebel’s Rack, if used properly, can solve this issue. By deactivating and de-emphasizing the arms in the swing, the obliques, lower back and front abdominals take over to turn the pelvis before the shoulders. Rocketing the shoulders into the swing more with impressive and amazing power. This then accelerates the barrel of the bat instead of the knob, creating the deep Nike Swoosh bat path and instantaneous speed needed to maximize a hitter’s potential for power and average.
I am very excited to bring this breakthrough in my own teaching to the masses in short order. Get excited because the Rebel’s Rack Drive Developer attachment is going to help your son or daughter get more separation between the pelvis and shoulders, de-emphasize the arm use in the swing, and learn to turn the barrel sideways into the hitting zone instead of at the pitcher.
Thanks for Reading,
Chas Pippitt, Leader of the Baseball Hitting Rebellion.