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Pulling the head and eyes off the baseball is one of the most common hitting flaws, especially for young hitters. The Hat Drill provides a simple solution to fix this problem fast.
PRE FOCUS –> SOFT FOCUS –> HARD FOCUS –> SUPER FOCUS –> POST FOCUS
Perhaps one of the most overlooked components to a baseball swing is the eyes
As hitters we spend a lot of time training the body to swing, however in a lot of cases the eyes are left to their own devices.
The Life-cycle Of The Eyes During A Baseball Swing
The eyes should be focused on the game in general, especially on the pitch sequence the opposing pitcher and catcher are using.
The on deck circle:
Eyes are focused on the pitcher’s timing and speed to home plate.
Walking from the on deck circle to the batters box:
Eyes are focused on the situation — Are there runners on base? How is the field positioning?
Before the hitter steps into the box:
The eyes should be focused on picking up signals if there is a runner on. Then focused on a focal point such as the label of the bat.
In the hitting stance:
The eyes have a soft focus on general direction the pitcher.
Pitcher in the windup:
Soft focus shifts to hard focus on the small window where the pitcher is expected to release the baseball.
Hard focus shifts to super focus, where the subconscious takes over as the hitter tracks the baseball in the air. If in the rare occasion a hitter is “In the zone” this is where the ball appears to be in slow motion. Similar to what people experience in a car accident, where everything happens in slow motion.
Ball reaches the hitting zone:
The eyes are focused in the area where the hitter anticipates to make contact with the baseball.
Point of contact:
The eyes continue to remain in the direction of where contact is made – if the eyes are looking toward the direction of the baseball field at the point of contact, this indicates the hitter is pulling off the baseball.
The head remains down in the hitting zone for as long as possible as the eyes track the baseball in the field.
The eyes pick up first base and the first base coach as the hitter runs down the line.
LASER Whip Batting Practice
Our Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer is fast becoming a BIG hit around the globe! Team Europe's Federico Giordani takes Power & Extension Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer Batting Practice in Taiwan for the Asian Pro League. Warning! Due to the loud crack of the bat caused by taking batting practice with our Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer, you may want to turn down your volume. Strength + Speed + Technique = Power & Momentum For Extended Contact Zones. Our Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer guides you to powerful extension…all the time, every time. During LASER Whip Drills, our Sport Precise Trainer provides your trail/top-hand with the perfect amount of resistance to keep it connected to your core. Bat whip's generated from releasing the tension on your load, transferring speed and core strength to your lead/bottom-hand resulting in power to hit the low or extended pitch location. Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer Drill Type: LASER Whip Drills/Extension Drills Set Up: Back arm inserted inside your Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer Training: Power and bat speed for extended contact zones Learn more about Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer drills including, LASER Whip Drills (extension drills), and LASER Blast (explosive core deep contact zone drills) and LASER Beam (top-hand isolation drills): https://thehittingproject.com/learn/how/train/ Big thanks to Federico Giordani and Seth Lafera for the footage and a heads up to the pitchers in the Asia Pro League who are about to get hit with a few laser blasts!Posted by thehittingproject.com on Sunday, April 23, 2017
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