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“Looking at your training videos. Do you teach a no stride approach? It looks like an inward turn with the front foot, and back knee to the ball. I didn’t know if power is lost without a stride toward the pitcher (to create distance from your hands after they are loaded to your lead foot… for power/bat speed). I appreciate your insight.”
Regarding stride, power comes in 2 forms and the height of the stride plays a part in both (see below).
Think of LASER Strap drills as isolation drills, you’re always working on parts to improve the end product (your game day swing).
Personally I would recommend to minimize stride for LASER Blast drills to isolate core power. But you can train with a bigger stride if you choose. Regardless of how high you pick your leg up just make sure the knee turns in as this coils your hips.
*Momentum power does not come into play as core power dominates the swing
Strength + Speed + Technique = Power
Sport Precise™ resistance connects your back-arm (triceps) to your rib cage as you swing, maximizing explosive, deep contact zone core power for every… single… swing.
LASER Blast drills are designed for the following
What Does It Improve?
“Three of Thames’ home runs have come on fastballs of 95-plus mph, giving him the Major League lead in that category” Source, MLB.com
It’s no coincidence that Eric Thames is doing this at the moment, this is a result of LASER Blast training I showed him and he’s the only one in the big leagues who knows how hit 95+ up and inside (most other MLB players only hit hanging breaking balls for power).
*You can use a bigger stride with these drills as a bigger stride relates to momentum driven power
Strength + Speed + Technique + Momentum = Powerful Extension
Transfer core speed and power to your bottom-hand, giving you the momentum required to hit extended pitch locations for power.
What Does It Improve?
Combine those 2 types of swings and you train a complete hitter. If you only train one or the other that’s fine, but it means you’ll have a weakness in hitting either; hard-and-fast or soft-and-slow (pending on which you focus on).
That’s a personal decision for each player and parent to make, I try not to get in the middle of hitting philosophies as the LASER Strap accommodates to all types of swings and techniques.
Example of a short stride for explosive core power
Example of a longer stride for momentum power
Jumping Out At The Baseball Will Increase The “Appearance” Of Pitch Speed: For example, when you jump out or lunge at an 85 mph fastball, to your mind the pitch speed appears to be 95 mph. This is caused by too much eye/head movement, triggered by your heavy stride.
When you jump out and don’t stay back your head and eyes are moving, affecting your ability to track the ball, creating the appearance of increased velocity. However, when you relax, stay back, use a short/soft stride and focus on seeing the ball you can decrease the appearance of pitch speed.
A high, long or hard stride decreases your ability to make adjustments to pitch speed and increases the likelihood you’ll pull off the ball, lunge or cast during your swing. To improve your timing skills keep your stride short and soft, especially if the pitcher throws hard, keeps the ball down, changes speeds well or can locate late breaking pitches.
Your eyes, working together with your subconscious mind are the “super-computer” for your baseball swing. Thinking too much about mechanics or predetermined thoughts of pulling the ball, slows down your “super-computer” processing time.
A common cause for jumping out is a lack of confidence to hit an inside fastball. Lacking confidence to hit any type of pitch affects your swing on the subconscious level, as your mind sends a message of, “hurry up” to your body in order to compensate for your doubt. A simple way to slow your swing down and to achieve a short and soft stride is to try and hit the ball up the middle of the field or to the opposite field. A good hitting approach sends the message to your body that you’ve plenty of time to hit, helping to calm your stride.
Striding away or toward home plate will make it difficult to hit pitches on the extremities of home plate. Avoid opening your front foot before contact is made, otherwise your hips, shoulders and head will fly open. The front foot will naturally slide open after contact is made.
Coaching tip. Watch the big toe is not pointing at the pitcher as the front foot lands.
A popular saying with regard to getting the front foot down for timing is as follows; “not too early or not too late”.
Ideally your front foot should land when the pitch has traveled approximately, one-third to halfway on it’s journey from the pitchers mound to home plate, timing will vary depending on the pitch speed and your ability to track the ball. The best way to determine when your foot lands is to time your stride when you’re in the on deck circle. When you take your practice swings in the on deck circle, watch the delivery of the each pitch and time your practice swings to get your foot down as the ball is about halfway to home plate.
When you get your front foot down too early, you’ll lose a certain amount of power from the loading stage of your swing. However, if you’re struggling to get your front foot down or facing a pitcher who is difficult to hit, due to velocity, changing speeds or deception leading to your inability to track the ball, you may wish to get your front foot down early to compensate. In this case the loss of power is outweighed by your necessity to make contact with the ball.
If you get your front foot down too late you’ll be late on the fastball and forced to rush your swing in order to compensate.
As the front foot lands during the stride phase of the swing, it should land closed and not open.