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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: 1. Gaining more separation between the pelvis and the shoulders, and 2. Turning more of your mass with Super-Thrust.
After my 9000th lesson, I took a little time to reflect on my teaching career and I realized that there are a few glaring issues with how I frame realistic expectations to my players that I work with and their parents and coaches.
Here’s the Webinar piggy-backing on JK’s most recent post on the front side. It’s a mammoth of a webinar, but we know you’ll like it…ENJOY! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5L9yL6RQIGA We’d LOVE to hear…
Learning how to get weight shift back to the front hip will ensure that the player continues to have a power hip thrust and stability. Along with more power, the hitter will have the “pause button” ready in case of unexpected off speed pitches.
AAA Oakland Athletics organization, 2B Josh Horton Case Study…Chas and Josh have put in a ton of work over this past off-season, and the fruit of Josh’s labor is very apparent in the AFTER swing. We’ll be following Josh’s progress this year and wish the best of luck to him in his trek to the Big Leagues!
Many people teach a hands first downward plane swing. As readers of the Baseball Hitting Rebellion know, we are not part of that group. The truly amazing thing about the Top Level Swing (in baseball and softball) is that there are almost NO examples of players utilizing the knob pull or a downward swing and having any type of success
By popular demand, Chas Pippitt uses Robinson Cano’s super swing as a Case Study to see if the Baseball Hitting Rebellion Blog information holds up under fire. That’s right, Chas uses video of Cano’s swing he’s NEVER seen before and you’ll have to see whether Chas gets DEBUNKED…
Cano is SUPER ELITE with his hips, possibly the best hips in the world, a title that I previously thought was Bautista’s to lose…well during the Derby, a new title holder was crowned. What Cano is doing is pulling his locked rear leg and hip through with his abdominals and lower back to add his rear leg mass to the mass he is moving in the swing already. This gives more power to the swing and more behind the barrel.
I’m going to tell you that when talking to Johnny Narron, Josh Hamilton’s personal hitting coach, he told me that he thinks the difference between the truly great hitters like Josh, A-Rod, ManRam, Bonds, Mays…the list goes on, from an all-star player was ‘two feet of vision’ during a pitched ball. Read more…
Discover what having a “4 Deep” swing can do for fixing such a common hitting flaw as lunging. Use this simple drill to join the swing technique ranks of some of the greatest hitters in the game today like Jose Bautista, Manny Ramirez, Joe Mauer, and King Albert!
It is often said that swinging “down and through” the ball generates backspin. Coaches for years have been telling hitters to hit the top of the ball to make the ball go farther. Another common queue from coaches is to ‘go the the ball’, or ‘hit it out front.’ These statements are false. They are myths, and they ruin hitters. Read more…
Lower Body Mechanics: The Foundation of the Swing
The lower body swings the bat. Many coaches under appreciate this fact. They teach hitting from the top down, emphasizing the hands, the hands, the hands…