Leading your swing with your hips as opposed to your hands improves bat speed, power, timing, and plate discipline.
- In the beginning stages, start your Laser Blast drills close to the foot down position, with our hands nice and relaxed at the top of the strike zone.
- Spread out in your batting stance, imagine you are in the on-deck circle preparing your swing load, and timing for a dominant fastball pitcher.
- Exaggerate starting your swing with your hips, then swing the bat; with a slight delay between your back leg turn and swing.
Many coaches and players associate the front foot for timing, however; it’s one part of the process. As you stride and plant your front foot, there’s a period of rotation, with your back leg, and torso turning. Therefore, leading with your core allows you to adjust your timing in response to variations in pitch speed, and late movement.
If you are fooled by a pitch, and you lead with your hands, it is impossible to hold your swing. Leading with your hips, allows you can take at the last moment, by driving your back elbow into your torso; taking all the force.