Avoid Landing Heavy, “Jumping” or “Lunging” At The Ball Increases “Perceived Velocity”
- A common cause for jumping out is a lack of confidence to hit an inside fastball. Doubt affects your swing on the subconscious level; triggering you to “rush your stride.”
- “Jumping” or “lunging” at an 85 mph fastball, triggers unwanted head and eye movement, adding 5 mph of “perceived velocity” to the pitch; reducing your ability to track the ball. Opposingly, relaxing helps to reduce the speed of your stride, seeing the ball better, and decreasing “perceived velocity” by 5 mph.
- Additionally, a long and hard stride decreases your ability to make adjustments to pitch speed and increases the likelihood you’ll pull off the ball, lunge or cast.
- To improve your timing minimize your stride, especially if the pitcher throws hard, keeps the ball down in the zone, changes speeds, and locates late-breaking pitches.
- A simple way to slow your stride is to try and hit the ball up the middle of the field or to the opposite field. Develop your hitting approach, sends the message to your body that you’ve plenty of time to hit, helping to “slow down” your stride.
- Stride in a straight line, striding away or toward home plate makes it challenging to hit pitches on the extremities of home plate.
- Coaching Tip: Watch your players big toe, ensure it is not pointing at the pitcher as their foot lands; landing open triggers “flying open.”
- Avoid landing your front foot “too early” or “too late”
- Ideally, your front foot lands when the pitch travels approximately, “one-third to halfway” on it’s journey from the pitcher’s mound to home plate; this varies depending on the pitch speed, your bat speed, mechanics, and ability to track the ball.
- The best way to determine when your foot lands timing your stride in the on-deck circle.
- When you take your practice swings in the on-deck circle, watch the delivery of each pitch and time your practice swings to get your foot down as the ball is about halfway to home plate.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET MY FRONT FOOT DOWN TOO EARLY?
When you get your front foot down too early, you’ll lose momentum power, making it difficult to adjust to late-breaking pitches.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET MY FRONT FOOT DOWN TOO LATE?
If you get your front foot down too late, you’ll be late with your swing, “rushing” and “flying-open” to compensate.
LASER STRAP Q&A
“Looking at your training videos. Do you teach a no stride approach? It looks like an inward turn with the front foot, and back knee to the ball. I didn’t know if power is lost without a stride toward the pitcher (to create distance from your hands after they are loaded to your lead foot… for power/bat speed). I appreciate your insight.”
That’s a personal decision for each player and parent to make, as a brand we tend to steer away from hitting philosophies as the Laser Strap accommodates to all types of swings and techniques. Regardless of how high you pick your leg up just make sure the knee turns in as this coils your hips.
Regarding stride, power comes in 2 forms, and the height plays a part in both. Combine both, to train a complete hitter. If you only prepare one or the other, you’ll have a weakness in hitting either, “up-and-inside” or “soft-and-away;” pending on your method.
Blasting and Whipping Strides
Laser whip and blast drills are isolation drills, working on parts to improve the end product; being your game day swing
LASER Blast Drills (Short Explosive)
Strength + Speed + Technique = “Blasting Core Power”
Resistance connects your back-arm (tricep) to your rib cage as you swing, maximizing explosive, deep contact zone core power for every swing.
- Power contact closer to your body.
- Minimize stride for LASER Blast drills to isolate core power. Momentum power does not come into play as core power dominates the swing.
- Improves 2-Strike and “See and React Hitting.”
- Preparing for dominant pitchers who vary speed, and locate the ball.
- Improves batting average and on-base percentage.
- Laser Blast works best with a, “Close your mind, open your eyes” method.
- Your eyes, working together with your subconscious mind is the “super-computer” for your baseball swing. Overthinking about mechanics or predetermined thoughts of pulling the ball, slows down your “super-computers” processing time.
LASER BLAST STRIDE
Example of a short stride for explosive core power
LASER WHIP STRIDE
Example of a longer stride for momentum power
LASER Whip Drills (Extension)
Power and bat speed for extended contact zones. For example, hanging a breaking ball
- Option to use a “higher leg kick” to create “momentum power.” Especially, useful for hitting slower pitches.
- “Guess” or “Sitting On Your Pitch” batting.
- Ahead in the count hitting and expecting a “hittable” pitch.
- Hit mistake pitches, lacking velocity and higher in your contact zone.