This article is going to have a lot of numbers. So, prepare yourself. That being said, it’s very easy to understand and see what I’m going to highlight, if you choose to believe what you see.
Below, I’m going to show a few hitters’ HitTrax data from their evaluations and then from their next sessions. Some of these hitters are from ‘back to back’ sessions. This means they had their evaluation and then we had a lesson right after that. Others had an eval and then did a Rebel’s Rack Progression lesson where they did NOT hit. Afterwards, they had a week of movement work at home with the Rebel’s Rack based on what they learned at their Progression lesson.
In all the ‘2 week or less’ lessons, the ONLY intervention was the Rebel’s Rack Progression and Rotational Speed and Skill Training with the Rebel’s Rack. No other hitting drills of any kind were used. Front toss for the evaluation, then the Rebel’s Rack progression was introduced, then front toss was done again.
These 4 examples were after 25 minutes of Rebel’s Rack Training:
As you can see, All four players saw immediate gains.
The first player beat their maximum distance and exit velocity in only 2 swings. We stopped after that as we ran over on the evaluation portion, where we break down video and explain her first set of numbers from HitTrax.
This player already hit the ball very hard. We wanted the player to hit the ball higher more often to increase the average distance and slugging percentage of their hits. Interestingly, this increase in average launch angle also resulted in a massive batting average increase as well.
The next player went up in all major metrics in 25 minutes of movement progression work with the Rebel’s Rack. Average Velocity, Max Velocity, Average Velocity, Max Velocity, Average Launch Angle, Batting Average and Slugging Percentage. Every ball at every launch angle she hit in her 2nd round was harder and farther than every ball she hit at her evaluation, 25 minutes before.
Now, obviously, some players may take longer to make gains. And it’s also important to make sure that players continue to make gains over time. The next player’s data is 2 weeks from their initial evaluation. In these cases, they did their evaluation, came back for 1 lesson in which they did not hit at all. In the first ‘lesson’ they only did Rebel’s Rack Progressions and Rotational Speed and Skill Training. During that lesson, they were taught their homework and then were instructed to continue that at home. After a week, they returned for their 2nd lesson, their Rebel’s Rack homework was checked, and then they hit front toss, just like their evaluation.
As you can see, this hitter went up in all major categories, like the previous hitter did as well. The main focus here was pulling the ball more and hitting the ball higher when we pulled the ball as well when the ball was hit to centerfield.
The next 3 hitters are after 2 months, 3 months and 3 months respectively. The 3rd hitter is the same hitter as shown in the 2 week transformation. Her 2nd week numbers are compared to her 12th week numbers. Continued rotational skill work happened for all of these hitters. While some ‘hitting drills’ were used, their homework was always the same, Rebel’s Rack Progression work that was specifically designed for them.
This hitter needed to hit the ball harder. Period. By hitting the ball harder, this hitter showed the ability to hit some extra base hits, as well as increased their batting average substantially. The area between the stars on the chart on the bottom shows that every ball hit between the designated launch angle window for the highest success rate was hit harder than 2 months before.
This hitter needed 11-12 weeks to see really impactful gains. You can see from the spray charts how many more home runs were being hit. Also, you can see the average velocity go up 3.5 mph as well as her average distance going up 34 feet. What’s really remarkable is the ‘carrying of her velocity’ as she hit the ball higher. You can see that in her launch angle chart at the bottom of the screen where the star is. When she was hitting the ball 35 degrees in the air before her Rebel’s Rack work, she was hitting it only 46 mph. After her Rebel’s Rack work, she was hitting it 70 mph. An amazing 24 mph difference!
Now on this 3 month transformation, we took this hitter from more powerful to just all around better. This is the ‘2 week’ hitter from earlier compared to 10 weeks after her 2 week lesson. As you can see, not only have all the major metrics improved (other than average distance) but her launch angle is actually LOWER! Sometimes, it’s good for even a power hitter to hit the ball lower. We found that out with this hitter and made the needed changes. One of the main things we talked about was eliminating fly outs to centerfield. As you can see in the top middle of the page, in her May 15th session she’s hitting the ball almost twice as low as she was in February. This eliminates those wasted at bats of lazy fly balls and maximizes the chances of not only hits but productive powerful hits. We took the fly ball percentage of 60 percent and dropped that to 36 percent, giving a higher batting average and more doubles with less easy outs.
Basically if you want fast results, use the Rebel’s Rack. If you want to take a few weeks to get results, again, use the Rebel's Rack. If you want sustained growth over time, guess what? The Rebel’s Rack works in that way too! And exactly ZERO changes were made to these hitter’s swings. Stances and hand positions all remain almost the same. What changed is their aggression, skill and speed of their turn. The results speak for themselves.