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How to hit a slide
One of the most difficult pitches to hit in baseball is a slider, especially a slider on the outside corner of home plate. Being able to hit the slider away can virtually make or break a hitter’s career, on the grounds that second to the fastball the slider is the most commonly thrown pitch in baseball.



Due to the angle that is created, right-handed hitters are particularly susceptible to a right-handed pitcher who throws sliders. Likewise, left-handed hitters face tremendous difficulties when competing against a left-handed pitcher who throws sliders.


Then, there is the ‘death pitch’, also known as the back door slider, that can be thrown to a right-handed hitter by a left-handed pitcher and the same for a left-handed hitter with a right-handed pitcher.


The key to hitting late breaking off-speed pitches such as the slider is to lead your swing with your hips and keep your hands back. This will allow you to hold your swing if you recognize late movement down and out of the strike zone.

Front Tolls Slider Hitting Drill

Slider Front Toss Drill is a spin off from the popular and effective front toss hitting drill except, in this case, the pitching screen is placed 3-5 feet to the right or left of center from home plate.


  • Normally with front toss the screen is about 6-10 feet directly in front of home plate.
  • Move the screen to the right or left of center by about 3ft to increase the angle/trajectory of the incoming pitch.
  • For a right-handed hitter the screen is placed 3ft to the right of where the screen would normally sit.
  • For a left-handed hitter the screen is placed 3ft to the left of where the screen would normally sit.
  • The coach or parent must sit behind the screen and attempt to spot the ball on the outside edge of home plate.

During front toss you can slide the screen left or right of the cage to increase the angle of the pitch.

  • The tosser can vary his speed and location. In fact, we encourage the ball to be tossed outside of the plate so the hitter can recognize when he needs to take a pitch for a ball. This teaches good plate discipline.
  • The idea is to create an angle on the pitch to imitate the trajectory that is generated from a slider on the outside of the plate. During THE SLIDER DRILL the ball will cut across the outside edge of home plate. This forces the hitter to make contact with the baseball just as it reaches the front edge of the plate, the ideal spot to hit a tough slider.
  • If the hitter pulls the ball or pops the ball in the air then this indicates he is pulling off the baseball. In this case, the hitter needs to reset and focus on hitting the next pitch to the opposite field. If the hitter tries to hit the ball too late then he will more than likely swing and miss, as the ball will angle directly away from home plate.
  • The responsibility of the hitter is to hit the baseball to the opposite field, as this is the best way a hitter should learn to hit an outside slider.



  • Track the ball and keep your head down at contact
  • Aim to hit the ball up the middle or to the opposite field
  • Stay in your legs. Don’t lunge to the ball, stay back and extend out with your arms
  • Release the top-hand as you feel pressure on the back shoulder (for down and away sliders)


BOOM! Dutch National Team. BLAST & WHIP

BOOM! LASER BLAST & WHIP - Dutch National Team, "Had a great Laser Strap session working with the U/23 national team. Excellent feedback from the players and coaches." Coach Seth La Fera The Kingdom Can Play! Thanks to players Bram Grooten and Raschid Engelhardt - U/23 National Team KNBSB Nieuws Learn more Nederland Laser Strap USA Laser Strap Aussie Laser Strap 日本 Japan Laser Strap 台灣 Taiwan Laser Strap Italia Laser Strap learn more about the LASER Strap™ Bat Speed Trainer℗

Posted by Baseball & Softball around the World on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

LASER Hitting Factory. College Bound

Congratulations to Jack Rubenstein from the LASER hitting factory of Pace Academy. Jack is the first of many LASER prodigies to make the transfer from high school to college baseball, Emory University - Atlanta Georgia. Connected and explosive swing gives Jack a big head start over most college freshmen. Best of luck Jack and with a swing like that we're sure you'll have a great college career. PS, fantastic effort by the super coach Seth La Fera - guiding Jack over the course of the season. After viewing Jack's original LASER Strap video 3 months ago... the swing transition is remarkable. Jack hit with a 250 average and 0 home runs in 2016. In 2017 he hit close to a 350 average and 3 home runs.
Learn more About Pace Academy's 2017 LASER Strap Bat Speed Trainer Season
129 point improvement in team batting average (59% increase)
109 more base hits (264% increase)
58 more extra base hits (85% increase)
121 more RBI (144% increase)
41 extra base on balls (49% increase)
39 fewer strike outs (33% reduction)
13 more wins
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Posted by on Thursday, May 18, 2017

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