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Improvements are rarely if ever, made during the course of a season. Much of an athlete’s in-season focus is on preparing their body to play that day and not as much on their skill development. With that being said, when does the time come to develop those skills and make yourself a better player? Whether it be hitting, running, arm strength, or body composition, there is always something to improve upon. The offseason is where development reigns and most skill development is accomplished.
The hip hinge is a vital part of having a powerful and consistent swing. Most young kids have a tough time figuring this out because they have yet to step in the weight room. Therefore, as an Instructor I have to get a little creative with how I can get hitters in the positions they need. Every hitter responds differently and this drill below may just help your hitter to get that swing they desire.
The position we land in can set us up for success or failure right from the start. If we begin our swing from an open or closed stance, this will dictate the direction of our swing no matter how good the movement is. Just like when throwing a ball, you want to stride towards the target so you can be more accurate.
For this week’s installment of This vs. That, I wanted to hit on a subject that I see a lot of coaches and parents get confused about. That would be the issue of loss of vision due to pulling the head out. You hear it all of the time, “you’re pulling your head out!” A common phrase you might hear anytime a young player misses the ball. While this can definitely be a possibility, it’s not always true. The problem is that in real time, it can seem as though the player is in fact pulling their head out way too soon. When in actuality, it happens so fast that the coach or parent can’t see that their head is actually right where it needs to be.
Creating an approach at the plate is something I would consider to be very overlooked and under-taught. But, what exactly is an approach and how does it help you? This article goes into detail about what an approach is, how it can help, and how to create your very own.
Approaches are often individual to each hitter. What one person thinks or prepares for may be completely different than what you need. It is your job as a hitter to find what works for you.
The time is now to get bigger and stronger for next season. Learning how to deadlift and squat properly can help with many parts of your swing. Understanding how to fire your hips and glutes can directly affect your swing. Getting stronger in the deadlift and squat can also drastically improve your posture in your swing as well!
As many of us know power comes from our pelvis/ hips and legs. This is why when you come to Baseball Rebellion, we do so much work with our hitters on the Rebel’s Rack in the mirror to gain the ability to sequence our turn properly. However, if we don’t stay connected during our swing, we won’t be able to use the turn we’ve taken so long to craft. Learn how to better stay connected within your swing to use your turn more effectively.
For this next edition of “This vs. That”, I thought we might address the difference between “stepping” out and “moving” out. Once again, two different things that commonly get twisted up together as the same. While they can look similar in the real time speed of a game or practice, it’s important that you know why these happen and what they may cause as a result.
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