Stop hitting groundballs

Learn to control your barrel

Are you or your kids hitting too many grounders in a game?

 

Below you can access simple hitting drills, tips and techniques to cut down on grounders and popups.

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What’s the secret to cutting down on groudners? Keep your bat level at the point of contact

Training top-hand swing mechanics (heavy bat optional), you have to work extra hard to keep the bat level. Top-Hand side toss (heavy bat optional) improves strength in the forearm muscles involved with keeping the bat level at contact.

Rolling Over And Hitting A Ground Ball

Incorrect top-hand technique causes rolling over at or before contact. The action of rolling over causes the barrel of the bat to rise, as a result you’ll hit the top of the ball (causing a ground ball) or swing and miss.

Preventing a Pop Up Swing

Your forearms have to be strong enough to control the barrel of the bat, otherwise you’ll dip the barrel head, hit the bottom of the ball resulting in a swing and miss or a weak pop fly ball.

Why You Should Practice One-Handed Drills

 

  • To increase strength & power by increasing the workload for each hand, especially when a hitter is using his game-day bat. If you can handle your game-day bat with one hand, you will have increased strength when you return to using 2 hands.
  • Expose any weakness you have in either hand, including the most common hitting flaws such as rolling over, pulling off the baseball, dipping, lazy barrel and not staying through the baseball.
  • Creates a more balanced swing, as opposed to one hand dominating the other.
  • Learn the importance of hitting the ball with backspin and a good hitting approach.
  • Stay relaxed with your grip and not to muscle up on the baseball. Gripping the bat too tight will cause you to tense your muscles slowing down your swing.
  • Back foot and top hand connection. Learn how your upper and lower body work together in the baseball swing.
  • Improve Bat Speed by training the shortest path to the baseball.

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Drill Summary

  • If you’re strong enough use a heavy bat, if not you can use a regular bat.
  • Working on the up and in pitch, tosses at your front hip.
  • To help isolate your core place your elbow close to your hip.
  • Relax your hands and let the bat head drop down.
  • Lead your swing with your hips and keep your hands back
  • Whip that bat through with your hips.
  • Turn your back foot with your hips.
  • Work to keep the barrel of the bat as flat as possible at contact.
  • Hold off on rolling the barrel at or before contact, you can roll the barrel after contact.
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Pulling the front shoulder or head off the baseball

Drill to prevent pulling off the baseball

Laser Strap, Tee-Drill

Front Side Strength

360 degrees of Exoprecise makes it difficult to appreciate an overall view of resistance and acceleration. This video features a rare camera angle, shining light on the front side benefits of Laser Blast drills; as both arms are inside your Laser Strap. Opposingly, Laser Whip drills your front arm is outside. Jaden Steagall was selected as one of the first USA High School players to use our Laser Strap, working with Bat Speed Specialist; Seth La Fera from Batspeedpowerhitting.com for the entire 2016 season. View Jaden's, and his teams remarkable statistical improvements https://thehittingproject.com/massive-increase-team-offense-wins/.

Posted by thehittingproject.com on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Swinging at bad pitches, especially the pitch too low in the strike zone

Tip to improve tracking

Allow the ball to travel

  • The earlier you can see the baseball the better chance you have to hit the baseball.
  • Focus on picking up the pitcher’s release point
  • Recognize movement associated with different types of pitches – slider, sinker, curve, change, knuckle, split finger, 2 seam fastball and 4 seam fastball

Standing in on a pitcher who is warming up is a great way for a hitter to improve his ability to see and track the baseball. Focus on tracking the ball out of the pitcher’s hand and down the hitting funnel; across home plate and into the catcher’s glove.

Fix 70% Of Mistakes With One Adjustment

You can fix 70% of mistakes simply by using our LASER Strap, and tracking the ball as it releases from the coaches hand, to at least 3/4 way down toward home plate. The Laser Strap gives you time to hit, use it to your advantage and you'll improve your batters eye, bat speed, and power. Laser Blast Heavy Bat Drill (Rico Baseball training bat) High School player coached by - Seth La Fera see more of his work at Batspeedpowerhitting.com

Posted by thehittingproject.com on Friday, September 1, 2017

The following images illustrate how swing accuracy can cause a ground ball swing

Groundball X
Pop Up X
Line Drive X

Hitting the top of the baseball as opposed to the middle or bottom/middle of the baseball

Tip to improve swing accuracy

Put a hat in front of home plate and use as a focal point for post contact. Refer to video.

Better than normal B.P

Taking too much traditional batting practice can hinder your kid's baseball swing. During traditional B.P, timing can be skewed due to the distance-to-speed ratio that does not match up to the realities of game day hitting. On top of that, many coaches can't throw strikes and your kids are rushed taking 10-15 swings in 2 minutes. Consequently they develop bad swing habits such as lunging and pulling off the ball. Triggered B.P is an example of a simple and effective drill that better replicates a game day at bat. The distance-to-speed ratio better replicates a game day at bat (the pitching screen is much closer to the hitter). This drill breaks down the most important parts of a game day at bat - release point recognition, timing, load, foot down, decision making and reacting to the ball. In a game, the decision to swing or not generally occurs as the ball reaches within approximately 4ft to 8ft from home plate (depending on your kid's reaction time and their ability to hold up their swing at the last moment). Triggered BP improves release point recognition, load and timing. Your kids will not be rushed, as the coaches throwing motion is triggered with 2 simple steps. Step 1, as the coach places the ball high in the air, your kids will load from the hips with a slight inward turn of the knee. Step 2, your kids will get their foot down. As the coach then throws the ball, your kids will react to the ball as they would in a game.

Posted by thehittingproject.com on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Not getting into a good lower half position

Drill to generate your swing using your powerful core

3-Step Power Drill

5 Step LASER Blast Drill Guide for Beginners

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Posted by thehittingproject.com on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trying to pull a pitch on the outside part of the plate

Drill to improve your gameday hitting approach

Low and away front toss

Advanced Laser Whip

"Due to the travel commitments involved with educating the world about my invention and methods, I've minimal time to analyze footage. However, after viewing this advanced Laser Whip video, (training extreme outside pitch locations) I thought to make some time. During the conceptualization stages of inventing Exoprecise Technology and theorizing Movement Precise, the sub-category Sport Precise Methodology; I developed my 2-Swing Technique. Exoprecise, more specifically Sport Precise products; such as the Laser Strap morph to your swing mechanics. Therefore, you can swing any way you decide. For example, Laser Whip drills. In this video the player is using a one-handed finish to improve range; you don't have to follow this method, you can finish with two-hands if you choose. As are result my 2-Swing Technique was put down on the list of priorities. Additionally, I wanted to avoid information overload. Especially, with the advent of Exoprecise, creating a new category in human movement. There's already much information to digest. Regarding the video analysis. Note the swing path, contact zone and the time the Netherlands National team player releases his top-hand. Failure to release his top hand at this point would result in a ground ball, weak pop-fly or a swing and miss. In simple terms, this highlights one part of my 2-Swing Technique. It defines two primary swing types. Deep contact and extended contact and recognizes each requires unique mechanics for success. Opposingly, are my advanced Laser Blast drills, set to high tension; isolating deeper contact zones. Yesterday our staff posted excellent footage of team Netherlands, Laser Blast drills I recommend you take a look. Comparing the contact zones, differences in the circumference of the swing path, and the use of top and bottom hands on the finish. Website link to Laser Blast example https://thehittingproject.com/enjoy-the-show/ Hopefully someday soon I will find the time to continue developing my 2 Swing Technique. If you want to learn more, here's a link to my original concepts, thrown on the back burner; for now. https://thehittingproject.com/guides/baseball-drills/improve/adaptive-hitting/ Once again, totally up to you on what swing method you decide. And frankly, how you hit is not of concern to myself or our brands, as the Laser Strap works regardless of mechanics. However, I feel a responsibility to the baseball and softball community to continue the fight against the many, "one-dimensional" mainstream methods and share my wealth of hitting knowledge." Clinton Balgera Inventor: Exoprecise Technology, including the Laser Strap. Founder: Exoprecise Group, Methodology: Movement Precise, Sport Precise and 2-Swing Technique

Posted by thehittingproject.com on Tuesday, September 19, 2017