LASER BLAST Drill Quick Tips
Isolating Deep Contact Zones and Explosive Core Power
*Note the following are recommendations (not essential), due to the versatile nature of our products you can train using any type of hitting mechanics or philosophies.
The Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer takes care of the hardest parts of your swing (keeping you connected) so you can focus on the basics.
LASER Blast drills – deep contact zones, belt-high contact or above: Avoid unnaturally lifting the bat post contact, as you’ll knock your head off the ball, for deep contact zones we recommend to use a short and flat swing plane (the high contact zone provides the lift for you).
Avoid releasing your top-hand with deep contact zones as it becomes virtually impossible to hit this pitch if you do. If you have always utilize a top-hand release swing, think of this as an isolation drill for deep contact/top-hand power. You can return to your normal swing after you complete the drill. If you choose to do so you can revert back to this technique when facing hard throwing pitchers and/or hitting with a 2-strike batting count in a game (where you’ve limited time to react).
Allow the ball to travel… Don’t reach. Some of you are not accustomed to swinging with a short and compact swing, so your brain is still telling you to reach for the ball with your regular/long/slow swing. Let it travel, the Laser Strap gives you bat speed so you can wait a little bit longer. There are so many benefits to letting the ball travel, take advantage of it.
Below’s a copy of the video transcript
Today we are going to practice a sequence of drills that are designed to teach the fundamentals of rotational hitting, or hitting with your core. I have found when teaching kids that the number one problem is that they set up with a weak foundation. I will show you a set of drills that you can do to strengthen your core using the Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer combined with a balance ball.
First thing to do is put on your Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer. I’ve already sized my model so I simply slide my arms in, stretch out the waistband with the armband and slide it up. Then slide the other armband over to line up with your hip, stretch out the armband nice and big, it’s not going to break. Slide it up the arm, make sure it’s straight around the middle of the bicep. Check the tension, and we are ready to go.
Versatility to use with ANY hitting drill:
You can train simple drills to teach the basics of hitting or advanced drills to supercharge the swing of top-level professional players.
Step 1 – Isolating Explosiveness
Step 2 – Creating Markers For Batting Stance
Step 3 – Weight Distribution
For step 3 we begin by isolating your batting stance. In order to hit with your core, you need to start with your weight on your core. I see a lot of kids set up with their weight in their knees. As soon as you take your weight on your knees, your core muscles are taken out of the equation. With the batting stance, we want to work on the muscles that start from the top of the knee all the way up to the top of the groin. This is the area that we need to strengthen in order to set up with a strong core.
A simple exercise we can do is take the fit ball that is sized to around four inches above your knee. Spread out over the balance ball and squeeze your knees into the ball without pushing your knees over your feet. This will get you into a good position for your core to take your weight in our batting stance. It will also strengthen up the key muscles that are required in your core.
Step 4 Optional – Three Step Balance Drill
For the first part of this step, don’t rotate on your back foot. This drill is purely isolating the batting stance and position required to hold a strong batting stance. Squeeze your knees into the balance ball. Make sure that your knees do not go over your feet, as this will cause you to take your weight in your knees. Spread out, squeeze your knees, hold this position and do some side toss whilst work on squeezing and taking a swing.
Make sure that your weight is on the inside balls of your feet, almost on your toes. Start with your hands at the top of the strike zone, nice and relaxed, and focus on taking the weight in your core and whipping the barrel of the bat to the ball. Try to toss the ball about belt-high to isolate the core and strengthening up the key muscles needed to hold that position.
For the next part we are going to combine the movements that we have just practiced. We will add an inward turn with the front knee, combined with squeezing the ball and back foot rotation.
It’s a great exercise for strengthening core muscles vital for power hitting. Take a break after a few swings because it really gives you a workout.
Squeeze the ball, inward turn of the front knee, and rotate the back foot.
Step 5 – Bringing It All Together
For the last drill, remove the balance ball but imagine it’s still in between your legs. Place your weight on the inside balls of your feet, and do the same sequence again. Relax your body… squeeze the ball, front knee in, rotate.