It is hard for hitters to feel their backside working to the ball. With the front arm constraint drill the hitter only has one way to turn, behind the ball
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In regards to tempo and timing, the Long Stride Drill is great when done correctly. Hitters who feel that they are spinning off the ball are probably caught on their backside. Being able to move forward during your stride is key to getting the most out of a hitters swing.
This is for hitters to gain a better understanding of how early they start to load, the tempo they move at, and overall body control.
2. Swing Direction: Since we are striding farther the hitter's body will move forward more than normal. When hitters keep there head back as they move forward this helps set their body up in power positions. The forward motion will help their swing go where it needs to go. Since the ball comes from the middle of the field (pitcher) we need our body to stride that way properly so we can react to the pitch with the correct swing direction.
3. Getting off of Your Backside- As I mentioned before, hitters who have a tendency to get stuck back and spin-off the ball have minimal forward movement. Feeling the longer stride, in my opinion, will help free up the hitter's movement patterns and get them comfortable with starting early and moving the hips forward.
Hitter's, especially young ones, will have a tendency to drive their head forward during this drill. This is extremely detrimental to hitters and put's them in terrible positions that hinder their success.
If we have the hitters focus on striding with their hips and moving them out farther, then we are creating the proper angles needed to drive the ball into the outfield.