Step 3

Program: 20 Minute Lasers.
Practice Plan: Beat The Best.
Level: Beginner, and advanced.
Total Drills: 2.
Time: 20 minutes.
Purpose: Implementing your skills from Step 1, and Step 2 of our hitting program. Coaching, mechanics critical to hit the “flame throwers;” backing it up with an electric slider, and a nasty change-up.
Created By: Clinton Balgera, inventor of the Laser Power ST, and founder of the Multi-Swing Method.

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Drill 1

  • Drill Type: Laser Blast.
  • Multi-Swing Method: Reflex mechanics.
  • Mental: Hitting in the automatic/subconscious state of mind.
  • Options: Side toss, front toss, over-hand front toss, tee drill, on-field BP, and intrasquad hitting.
  • Beginner Bat: Normal, full length.
  • Advanced Bat: Heavy, full length.
  • Rounds: 3.
  • Swings: 10-20.
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SET UP

LASER POWER ST

Laser Blast: The complete hitting solution, placing both arms inside your Laser Power ST; improving bat speed, strength, front-side and back-side mechanics.

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OPTIONAL

Laser Reflex: Reducing the size of your Laser Power ST increases the Exoprecise resistance, limiting the influence of your arms, isolating the “blast” swing.

laser reflex hitting drills

Laser Pro: Combining the standard strength features of our Laser Power ST, and heavy bat training; invigorates your power hitting muscles.

laser pro heavy bat training drills

BEGINNER

PITCH PREPARATION

  • Speed: Average.
  • Movement: Straight.
  • Example: Average fastball.

LOCATION

  • Height: Belt.
  • Breadth: Middle and inside.
  • Depth: Middle.
  • Approach: Center-field, and the outfield gaps.
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ADVANCED

PITCH PREPARATION

  • Speed: Above average.
  • Movement: Straight, or tailing.
  • Example 1: Four-seam fastball.
  • Example 2: Two-seam fastball.

LOCATION

Height: Belly button.
Breadth: Inside.
Depth: Mid to deep.
Approach: Straight away pull-side, and pull-side alley.

UP-INSIDE
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HITTING

  • Stance Width: Mid to wide.
  • Weight Distribution: Inside and front balls of feet, knees pinching inward.
  • Elbow Height: Mid to low.
  • Load: Mid to small, lifting and turning the front knee.
  • Stride: Mid to short, quiet/soft.
  • Swing Angle: Flat.
  • Swing Circumference: Compact.
  • Follow Through: Finish with both hands, whipping the bat around; and close to your torso.
laser reflex hitting drills
laser reflex hitting drills

Coaching Tips

  • Minimize the swing movement, unleashing your core power.
  • A dominant fastball decreases the reaction time, therefore, a short, and flat swing, is the only option. Otherwise, you’ll undercut the hard, and flat trajectory; of the dominant fastball.
  • After contact, avoid prematurely releasing the top-hand. Creating an angle on the swing path, by deliberately lifting on your follow through, overextends the back shoulder; knocking your head off the ball, and over-rotation the back foot disrupts your balance.
Laser Power ST improving bat speed

Drill 2

  • Name: Laser Whip.
  • Multi-Swing Method: Hybrid, Reflex and Think mechanics.
  • Mental: Anticipating a challenging pitch, switching, to an automatic/subconscious state of mind; stepping in the box.
  • Options: Side toss, front toss, over-hand front toss, tee drill, on-field BP, and intrasquad hitting.
  • Beginner Bat: Normal, full length.
  • Rounds: 3.
  • Swings: 10-20.
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SET UP

LASER POWER ST

Laser Whip: Isolating bat speed, as the front arm is free from Exoprecise resistance, releasing from tension on your swing load; produces an increase in bat speed.

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BEGINNER

PITCH PREPARATION

  • Speed: Average.
  • Movement: Straight.
  • Example: Average fastball.

LOCATION

  • Height: Mid thigh.
  • Breadth: Middle and outside.
  • Depth: Mid to front.
  • Approach: Center-field.
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ADVANCED

PITCH PREPARATION

  • Speed: Above average.
  • Movement: Straight, or tailing.
  • Example 1: Hard slider/sinker.
  • Example 2: Two-seam fastball.

LOCATION

Height: Knees.
Breadth: Outside.
Depth: Mid to deep.
Approach: Opposite field gap.

Laser Power Swing Trainer
Laser Power ST improving bat speed

HITTING

  • Stance Width: Mid to wide.
  • Weight Distribution: Inside and front balls of feet, knees pinching inward.
  • Elbow Height: Mid to low.
  • Load: Mid to small, lifting and turning the front knee.
  • Stride: Mid to short, quiet/soft.
  • Swing Angle: Angular.
  • Swing Circumference: Elongated.
  • Follow Through: Finish the swing with one hand (top-hand release); improving bottom hand mechanics and strength, swing extension, and plate coverage for hitting low and outside pitches.

Coaching Tips

  • To improve plate coverage, release your top-hand as you feel pressure on your back shoulder before it overextends; strengthening your bottom hand.
  • If you’re deliberately using a two-hand finish, and don’t want to change; use our one-hand finish method for a “backup plan,” confronting a dominant fastball pitcher, additionally, delivering a tight-and-late-breaking-slider, split-finger, and change-up. The method is handy, especially, with a two-strike batting count; expanding your plate coverage.
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Below illustrates the bottom-hand with extra reach, comparing, to the top. Therefore, one can argue; using a two-hand finish for an extreme swing-extension, hinders bat speed, and power.

Staying through the ball, at this point, both hands are capable of gripping the bat handle.

Image 1: Staying through the ball, at this point, both hands are capable of gripping the bat handle.

Driving through the baseball, more bat speed

Image 2: At this point, the top-hand is incapable of gripping the bat. The bottom hand provides the best option for maximum swing extension, bat speed, and power for the particular pitch location; in-front, low and outside.

Laser Power ST

I’ve also told all our guys they will be getting their own, and they are so pumped. “Really? Oh, that’s awesome coach!”

Rusty Mac, Hitting Coach; University Of Hawaii.