Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Dylan S.

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Dylan S.

Dylan S. has been a long time online Baseball Rebellion client who has had ONLY online training with us. Dylan has done an amazing job of learning the biomechanics of his swing and taking the initiative to work incredibly hard in order to make positive swing changes. While there are many parts of his swing that have improved over the years, his body language at the plate has been the largest improvement. When Dylan 1st began in our program, it was clear during each at bat whether Dylan thought he was going to be successful or not. This depended heavily on the quality of pitcher he was facing. Dylan’s confidence and body language has improved immensely in the last year or so. He now looks confident and ready to smash the baseball against any pitcher regardless of their ability. Dylan is a great example of how the Baseball Rebellion Online Program can produce great results! If you are interested in signing up for online lessons click here.

Thank you for reading and watching!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

At Baseball Rebellion, we often teach and write about the importance of the lower half of the body because kinetic energy works from the ground and proceeds through the body, eventually reaching the bat. While this is still the priority, it is also important understand how to fire the upper body explosively when the time is right. The major movement we use to do this is adduction of the back arm. Adduction is simply the motion of bringing your arm closer to the midline of your body. You can remember this because adduction is ADDing your arm to your body. Below is a diagram showing adduction as well as a video where I take a look at Aaron Judge adducting his arm in a swing.

Now that we know that adduction is important in the baseball swing, lets discuss the major muscles that act to adduct the arm. In my my opinion, there are three muscles on our back that we we want to use maximally (Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, and Subscapularis) and one that we want to use less (Pec Major).

Latissimus Dorsi

The Latissimus Dorsi is a big, strong muscle on the back that plays many roles including including adduction of the back arm. As mentioned in the video of Aaron Judge  above, it is important to set up the use of our back muscles by retracting our scapula so that the adduction of the arm happens over top of these muscles instead of in line or in front of our rib cage. This can be seen in this picture:

Teres Major

The Teres Major Muscle originates on the bottom of the scapula and inserts onto the front of the humerus (Upper arm). It has many of the same actions as the Latissimus Dorsi above. As you can see in the diagram above,  the Teres Major muscle wraps around  the arm. Because of this, the back can act to adduct the arm forcefully. As with the the Lat, it is important to set up the use of this muscle by reacting the arm/scapula prior to initiating the upper body in the swing.

Subscapularis

The Subscapularis muscle is the most anterior muscle that we want to use maximally  when adducting the back arm in the baseball swing. It is located on the front side of the scapula and attaches to the front of the upper arm. As you can see from the diagrams of all three muscles mentioned those far, they show how the big strong back muscles can act on the arm to adduct it quickly and powerfully. This can be a very advantageous move for hitters.

Use Less Pectoralis Major (By Itself)

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While the Pec Major muscle isn’t necessarily bad to use in addition to the three major adductors mentioned above, we don’t want to use it by itself to adduct the arm for a couple of reasons. The first is that you simply will not generate the same amount of force when compared to adduction using the Lat, Teres Major, and Subscapularis muscles. Using the Pectorals Major muscle as the primary adductor often leads to bat drag because there is nothing to stop the back elbow from sliding forward and across the stomach. We typically see bat drag in younger kids for precisely this reason. They often do not have big back musculature yet and have little coordination and control of their scapula. Allowing young hitters to understand where their muscles are and how to use them can be highly effective in creating better movement patterns. Without the important setup/retraction move mentioned earlier, the Pectoralis Major muscle will most likely take over as the primary adductor and lead to inefficient upper body mechanics.

I hope this has helped you understand your body and your swing.

Thank you for reading.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Brady G.

 

Brady G. has been a long time BR client and has always had a positive attitude that has led him to work very diligently on the Baseball Rebellion concepts. Brady swings with a controlled aggression that has brought him great results thus far in his young baseball career. Brady has recently aged out of the 200 foot fence group and is now competing on fields that are close to high school size. This is where I believe Brady will begin to separate himself from his peers even more than he already has due to his swing efficiency and use of his entire body. Watch the video above to see my breakdown of Brady.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Baseball Rebellion Switching to Hudl Technique

I want to begin this post by sincerely thanking all of you who read our content, watch our videos, consult us for online lessons, and use our products. The feedback and support you have given us has been priceless and you and the reason that we constantly look for ways to improve the material we offer you. The latest improvement at Baseball Rebellion has come in the form of our online lessons. We have moved our online platform from the aging PowerChalk to HUDL Technique.

Hudl Technique allows for the easiest possible process of taking, uploading, and sharing video with a Baseball Rebellion hitting or pitching instructor through your Android or Apple device mobile or tablet device. Below, I will show you how easy this process truly is.

1. Download Hudl Technique App to Mobile Device

Hudl Technique

2. Sign Up as a Player (If You Do Not Already Have a Hudl Technique Account)

Hudl Technique

Simply enter your name, email, password, and select either Baseball or Softball.

2. Log In

Hudl Technique

Enter the email and password you used in Step 2.

3. Press Team Button on Side of Screen and Add Instructor

Hudl Technique

Press team button on side of screen ,then press “+” symbol on top right of screen. Select “Find on Hudl Technique” and enter your instructor’s email address. Below are the emails for Baseball Rebellion online instructors. Ideally, your instructor will be the only Hudl user on your team.

Gabe Dimock (Hitting): gabe@baseballrebellion.com

JK Whited (Hitting): jk@baseballrebellion.com

KC Judge (Hitting): kc@baseballrebellion.com

Tyler Zupcic (Hitting): tyler@baseballrebellion.com

Dave Shinske (Baseball Pitching): dave@baseballrebellion.com

Kara Willis (Softball Pitching): kara@softballrebellion.com

4. Record or Import Video in Hudl Technique

Hudl Technique

Press record button on side of screen and take desired video or import videos from your device. When finished press “Done”.

5. Tag Video and Share With Baseball Rebellion Instructor

Hudl Technique

Hudl Technique

On this screen, you will select “hitting” or “pitching” as the technique, tag yourself (labeled “Me”) in the video and share with your team. You may also leave comments for your instructor at the top of this screen.

6. Leave App Open Until Video Shares Completely

Hudl Technique

If the app is closed before upload finishes, your instructor will not receive the video.

As you can see from these easy steps, The Hudl Technique app is extremely user-friendly.

Instructor Feedback

Our instructor feedback is the best in the industry with a great turn around time of only three business days. The feedback given is in depth but easy to understand. Next steps and recommended drills are always provided at the end of each lesson. In order to give you an idea for what an online lesson looks like with each Baseball Rebellion instructor, below are video examples.

Gabe Dimock

JK Whited

KC Judge

Tyler Zupcic

Dave Shinskie

Online Lesson Packages

Our online lesson packages come in four possible packages:

Gold: Unlimited video per month ($159/month)

Silver: 6 videos per month ($119/month)

Bronze: 3 videos per month ($79/month

1 Time Hitting Analysis: 1 video ($40)

Click here to view the full online lesson page!

Thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you build your swing through Hudl Technique!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown: Joey Gallo

Joey Gallo is younger than most of us think due to the fact that his name has been around for years because of his light tower power. Since debuting in The Major Leagues, Gallo has struggled to hit for a respectable average due to his very high strikeout rate. In the past Gallo has unsuccessfully attempted to cut down on the strikeouts in order to boost his consistency. Instead, he continued to strike out without showing the elite level of power The Rangers expected from him. This season, Gallo took a different approach. He decided to embrace the strikeouts as part of who he is as a hitter and to make sure that he showed is power. While Gallo’s batting average is still very low (.206), his OPS (.865) and overall offensive production is much higher than in previous seasons. Watch the video above to see how Gallo produces such great power as well as to see one adjustment he could make to improve his accuracy.

Thank you for watching.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Purpose-Driven. Innovative. Visionary. Servant Leaders. Passionate. These are just a few of the innumerable positive descriptors of Titus Human Performance. I had the honor of spending three days with them last week as they allowed me to work alongside their amazing staff in Tallahassee.

Titus has been somewhat of a test case for us as we push the best hitting information to more people in more areas of the country. Ben Faurot has done a great job of learning our methodology and conveying it to aspiring hitters. The Hit Trax data and Before and After video below speak for themselves!

Robert G. Before Video 

Hit Trax Data Before

Robert G. Video After 

Hit Trax Data After

 

In our normal evaluation process, we generally spend 4o minutes getting Hit Trax Data and video followed by a discussion where we analyze the data and video as well as set goals with the hitter. Our next lesson is another 40 minutes that is very movement based where few to no baseballs/softballs are hit. Once the client masters the basic levels of movement in the mirror, we let the players hit and their data almost always improves dramatically! While at Titus, I faced the unique challenge of seeing most of the clients for only one hour without the promise of a follow up given that some people traveled more than 2 hours to get evaluated. I knew that I had to find a way to include the following three categories into the hour session:

1.) Evaluation: Set Baseline of data and video

2.) Movement Training: Hitting improvement begins with movement improvement

3.) Hitting: Seeing improvement validates the impact of movement training

Below are photos of all the Hit Trax sessions where players hit new highs in either exit velocity or distance. Some have the players included while others do not depending on the quality of the photo. I put in parentheses whether this was a player who was new to the BR Methodology or if they had prior teaching through Titus.

Heath S. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 69 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 72 MPH

Pre Distance: 111 Feet  Post Distance: 200 Feet

Melvin R. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 88 MPH   Post Exit Velocity: 95 MPH

Pre Distance: 324 Feet  Post Distance: 385 Feet

Tiffany R. (BR and Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 71 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 75 MPH

Pre Distance: 219  Post Distance: 261

Robert G. (Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 72 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 72 MPH

Pre Distance: 226 Feet  Post Distance: 241 Feet

Drew F. Right Handed (BR and Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 68 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 71 MPH

Pre Distance: 214 Feet  Post Distance: 220 Feet

Drew Faurot Left Handed (BR and Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 70 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 70 MPH

Pre Distance: 225 Feet  Post Distance: 243 Feet

Ethan G. (New to BR Methodology) 

Pre Exit Velocity: 78 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 80 MPH

Pre Distance: 236 Feet  Post Distance: 247 Feet

Waylon C. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 63 MPH  Post Exit Veocity: 65 MPH

Pre Distance: 127 Feet  Post Distance: 159 Feet

Everett S. (Titus Trained)

Pre Exit Velocity: 50 MPH  Post Post Exit Velocity: 51 MPH

Pre Distance: 119 Feet  Post Distance: 127 Feet

Carson N. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 87 MPH Post Exit Velocity: 88 MPH

Pre Distance: 235  Post Distance: 305

Braden Holcomb (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Distance: 222  Post Distance: 253

Sam H. (New to BR Methodology)

Pre Exit Velocity: 67 MPH  Post Exit Velocity: 68 MPH

Pre Distance: 155 Feet  Post Distance: 208 Feet  

In the words of Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, “Take that for data!”

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

2017 Home Run Derby Swing Breakdowns

The 2017 Home Run Derby was one for the ages as some of the game’s best young hitters participated and few disappointed. Unfortunately the BR staff did not get together to draft and watch it this year due to travel conflicts but I’m almost certain I would have won. Below are breakdowns of each hitter from the Derby. Enjoy!

Giancarlo Stanton

Justin Bour

Aaron Judge

Miguel Sano

Gary Sanchez

Charlie Blackmon

Mike Moustakas

Cody Bellinger


Thanks for watching!

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

 

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Chris Seise

 

Congratulations to all of the talented players who were drafted and signed over the past few days. In honor of the MLB draft, I decided to take a look at High School Shortstop Chris Seise. Seise has a great frame at 6’2, 175 pounds but will likely put on weight quickly as he matures over the next few years. He has a mechanically sound swing and hits with a level of aggression that raises his ceiling above many of the other players selected at or near the top of the 2017 draft.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Baseball Rebellion prides itself on providing top notch training and customer service to local clients as well as our hundreds of online clients all over the world. One of the messages I like to make clear to all of my online clients is that the more video they submit, the more I can give feedback and help! Often times, I ask for a video of BP or front toss and the parent cannot throw BP/front toss and hold the video camera/phone at the same time. This article is designed to show you exactly how we take our in house videos. The setup takes less than a minute and allows for great video quality at any angle you would like.

The Materials

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod, Price: $79.88

Tripod

We do not have any sort of contract with Manfrotto but we absolutely love their products. We use their tripods daily to take all of our in-house videos. It is extremely easy to adjust the height and angle of the Tripod and the cost is relatively inexpensive. Feel free to purchase a different Tripod if you like but we have had a great experience with this Monfrotto tripod.

Manfrotto Phone Holder (To Attach to Tripod), Price: $10.88 

Phone Holder

This Manfrotto phone clamp attaches to the Tripod above and is adjustable to hold any phone.

Wish Fish Eye Lens, Price: $1

Fish Eye Lens

One of the things we quickly noticed when we transitioned to using iPhones for video was that the cage setup did not allow us to capture the hitter’s entire body unless we moved into another cage which affected video quality and limited the useable space in the facility. In order to capture the entire hitter,  we purchased fish eye lenses for only $1 a piece! These have been great and allowed us to take great video with limited space.

Video Setup Example

When I said the video setup process takes less than a minute, I was being very conservative. In the video below I will show you the equipment in action as well as how the fisheye lens functions to widen the screen.

Once our clients record their video, they can either upload it to us through Hudl Technique. We then get our feedback to them within 2-3 business days! I hope you enjoyed this article and realize how easy video submission can be! Click here to sign up for our online lessons.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor

Baseball Rebellion Swing Breakdown:

Austin Beck


Austin Beck has been a late riser in the 2017 MLB Draft season after a great Senior year at North Davidson High School. The latest mock draft I saw had Beck going to the Philadelphia Phillies with the 8th overall pick. Beck has shown a decent amount of power, hitting 12 home runs this season. I like a lot of aspects in his swing, particularly on high pitches. The biggest improvement Beck can make is on utilizing his body to tilt more to hit the low pitch with more power and consistency.

Gabe Dimock – Baseball Rebellion Hitting Instructor