Inventor of the Laser Strap, Clinton Balgera; created the following advanced training guide for MLB player Eric Thames.
*The following information is recommendations only, the Laser Power Swing Trainer, works for all swing methods; you can decide to swing the way you prefer.
During the past ten years “big league” coaches and players have traditionally trained a top-hand dominant swing; most being right hand, right throw. Gearing up and looking for a mistake pitch, high in the zone. The problem is, sometimes pitchers don’t make mistakes. Traditionally, bottom-hand dominant hitters use a top-hand release follow through, hitting the low ball, however, struggling with contact closer to the body.
We’re training to hit the hardest pitch types, up-and-in & down-and-away; everything in between will come naturally in the game. Our Multi-Swing Method trains your top-hand helping with contact closer to your body, and bottom-hand for an extreme extension toward the outside edge of home plate; allowing you to hit any pitch in any location.
Players with experience are more likely to comprehend our advanced level Multi-Swing Method, working hand-in-hand with the Laser Strap. In summary, the Multi-Swing Method states your contact zone determines your mechanics.
Mechanical adjustments include:
(a) Minimizing your batting stride and swing path, finishing with both hands on the bat for contact closer to your body.
(b) Extending your stride and swing, using a top-hand release finish as you feel pressure on your rear shoulder for the extreme, low or extended locations.
PART 1: CONTACT CLOSER TO YOUR BODY (DEEP CONTACT)
Reduce the size of your Laser Strap to increase the resistance
Once you get this motion down, you’ll see immediate results!
- Real world example, facing a 90+ mph funky delivery pitcher, tailing up-and-inside giving you limited time to react. Therefore your only chance to hit is to let it get deep and use your reflexes.
- For Deep Contact drills, you are breaking down the explosion phase of your swing.
- Spread out in your batting stance, back elbow down, start your swing with a slow in turn of your front knee, swinging the bat with your hips, and turning your back foot from your hip joint; not from the ground up. Heavy bat top-hand side toss, is an excellent drill to practice this movement.
- Use a two-hand grip on your finish, short-to-short swing plane, keeping you your “hands inside the baseball.”
- In this case, we recommend you use a heavier bat, even shorten two to three inches on the bat.
- Look for something up in the zone and stay connected with your back elbow to the body, taking the heavy weight of the bat.
- Top-Hand Heavy Bat Side Toss is your money drill. Grip the bat with your top-hand only and whip it around your body like nunchucks, don’t lift on your follow through.
- Laser Blast Front Toss with both arms inside, is our second favorite.
- You can even use it for coaches B.P and live hitting against teammates.
- If you have a problem with staying back this will fix it as you can’t reach out, you have to let it travel, keeping your “hands-inside-the-ball” using your hips to rotate your back leg to get your upper half into the best position to square up to the ball.
- Hit everything up the middle or alleys, keep your head down and don’t “muscle up” with your arms and shoulders, relax your grip and removing tension from your body.
- Advanced hitters can also hit the low and away pitch using a similar method, tilting at your waist to get lower to ground.
PART 2: CONTACT AWAY FROM YOUR BODY (EXTENDED)
Laser Whip, medium resistance; back-arm inside The Laser Strap.
- Real world example for a lefty hitter, facing an 85 mph right-handed pitcher who does not want to challenge up with his fastball, in this case, you’d see a few “down and away” changeups.
- We recommend using a lighter bat, look for a pitch down in the zone and stay in your legs.
- Low and slow front toss is your money drill, use a lighter bat to get the whip on the extended pitch, as your back elbow gets away from your body your arms take the weight, therefore, using a heavy bat with low and extended contact zone is not recommended.
- Make sure your head does not go beyond your center of gravity (check you’re not lunging).
- Release your top hand when you feel pressure on your rear shoulder, helping to reach the extremities of the outside edge while maintaining power.