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IF YOU PRACTICE A LONG SWING, YOU’LL HAVE A LONG GAME DAY SWING

Bad batting practice habits, such as trying to crush every batting practice pitch for a home run; triggers poor technique. Resulting in a less bat speed for game day, when it most counts.

IF YOU PRACTICE A SHORT EXPLOSIVE SWING, YOU’LL HIT LASERS ON GAME DAY

Below are some handy tips to help improve your bat speed and prepare you to hit against the hardest throwing pitchers on game day.

Keeps you connected

6 SIMPLE HITTING TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME DAY BAT SPEED

BAT SPEED TIP NUMBER 1

Stay connected to your powerful core

To get more bat speed (especially to hit an inside fastball) you need to stay connected with your back elbow and your powerful core A.K.A, “Hands-Inside-The-Ball”. When your back elbow is connected to your core (rib cage) you create the geometry for the shortest swing path. Additionally, staying connected stops you from “arming” or “casting” your swing path, instead of a long/slow swing, you’ll gain a “whip” through the zone.

BAT SPEED TIP NUMBER 2

Faster rotation equals more bat speed

The speed/quality of your core rotation is judged by the speed of your back foot rotation, as with proper core mechanics you’ll learn to spin your back foot from your hips. The quickness of your hips/core to begin the rotation cycle is directly responsible for momentum. Looking at still frame of elite hitters you may notice they appear to spin on their back toe. Of course this is not possible if all your weight is on your back toe. Speed and momentum triggered from rotation allows you to spin on your toe, taking all the weight.

Improve Bat Speed Using Your Core

The speed/quality of your core rotation is judged by the speed of your back foot rotation, as with proper core mechanics you’ll learn to spin your back foot from your hips. The quickness of your hips/core to begin the rotation cycle is directly responsible for momentum. Looking at still frame of elite hitters you may notice they appear to spin on their back toe. Of course this is not possible if all your weight is on your back toe. Speed and momentum triggered from rotation allows you to spin on your toe, taking all the weight.

Posted by thehittingproject.com on Saturday, April 29, 2017
Top-Hand swing mechanics: Step 6

BAT SPEED TIP NUMBER 3

Isolate and strengthen each hand of your swing

Training the skills required for both top and bottom hand power makes you a complete hitter. One-handed hitting drills isolate and strengthen your overall swing. Training top/trail hand strength improves bat speed and power for deeper contact zones, while bottom/lead hand strength is key for hitting extended pitch locations.

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Posted by thehittingproject.com on Friday, April 28, 2017
How to load with your core

BAT SPEED TIP NUMBER 4

Isolate core mechanics by minimizing movement

Spread out in your stance
Your hips are vital for generating bat speed through the zone.
Anti-coil of the hips is generated from a slight inward turn of the front knee on your load.
The inward turn helps you to coil your back hip joint toward your rear buttock, if you do this movement correctly you can feel the muscle working during core specific drills
Keep your shoulders as square as possible. Avoid turn or “wrapping” your shoulders as you’ll lose sight of the ball and increase the chances of spinning or pulling out of your swing. To maintain a square angle and to counterbalance the tilt in your hips you can visualize pointing your front shoulder to your front knee as you load.

Game day hitting aid

BAT SPEED TIP NUMBER 5

Work on bat speed drills that prepare you for the harsh realities of game day

You will not improve bat speed hitting a slow moving practice pitch, especially if it’s down the middle of the plate. Bat speed drills should prepare you for the realities of game day hitting, helping your eyes transfer the message to your brain you can do a specific task, in this case hitting a pitch on the extremities of home plate. Resulting in confidence and the skills to hit difficult pitch locations on gameday, not just the easy ones.

Ultimate LASER Blast Drill

You will not improve bat speed hitting a slow moving practice pitch, especially if it’s down the middle of the plate. Bat speed drills should prepare you for the realities of game day hitting, helping your eyes transfer the message to your brain you can do a specific task, in this case hitting a pitch on the extremities of home plate. Resulting in confidence and the skills to hit difficult pitch locations on game day, not just the easy ones. When we say you can use it for any drill... we mean ANY drill. The Ultimate Live BP Laser Drill: Heavy 40 Ounce Training Bat - Both Arms Inserted - Deep Contact - Explosive Core Drill - Fastball Up-And-Inside... Send in your video footage if you ever dare try the ultimate test drill.

Posted by thehittingproject.com on Saturday, April 29, 2017

BAT SPEED TIP NUMBER 6

Develop the best hitting approach

Bad swing habits, such as pulling off the ball, are triggered by a lazy hitting approach. The most common lazy approach is trying to pull every batting practice pitch for a home run. To get more bat speed you need to develop a good hitting approach such as practicing to hit the inside pitch deeper in the contact zone, and focus on hitting the ball back up the middle. As a result, byproduct mechanics from this approach organically train the perfect “hands-inside-the-ball-swing” helping to get more bat speed.

BIG SURPRISE TO US!!! One advantage of LASER Blast drills is better pitch recognition as you let the ball travel on...

Posted by thehittingproject.com on Thursday, April 27, 2017

LASER BAT SPEED

Train with a tool that helps you stay connected in order to create muscle memory for staying connected. One of the many features of our Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer

SPORT PRECISE™ PHASE 1: Separation of you back elbow from your body when you load creates Sport Precise™ Resistance to improve strength in your smaller, shoulder muscles and your bigger core muscles located around your rib cage and back area.

When training our LASER Blast drills you’re you can’t arm your swing or cast/reach, you have to allow the ball to travel deeper in your contact zone. And in order to make solid contact you must use your hips/core to allow the barrel of the bat to square up the ball, training the perfect core/rotational mechanics.

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