Hitting Inside Fastball

    Batting Aid For Training To Hit The Inside Fastball

    “It is challenging to hit a dominant inside fastball with a loopy “hanging slider swing,” likewise; hitting a hanging slider with a “short and flat swing.” Our question, why do so many players, and coaches practice the same swing? It is not logical! You need to train multiple swing types to hit all pitch locations for power. The player is Left Hit/Right Throw bottom hand dominant hitter, using a top-hand release follow through. This type of swing is geared for extension, hitting the ball further away from the body. We are training him to hit a dominant inside pitch, using a two-hand follow through and a short and flat swing plane.”

    Clinton Balgera, Inventor; Laser Power Swing Trainer


    Video Transcript

    1. Relax your hands, and elbows
    2. Relax, removing tension from your upper-body
    3. Keep both hands on your bat on your follow through for this drill
    4. Take a swing, visualize hitting a dominant “up-and-inside” fastball; contact closer to your body
    5. Use a “short-and-flat” swing plane for a “hard-and-flat” pitch
    6. Keeping both hands on your bat on your follow through
    7. Don’t lift your bat; keep the bat flat, or you will swing and miss with a dominant inside pitch
    8. Hitting “up-hard-and-inside” you don’t need to lift, the ball will carry over the fence with a flat swing
    9. If you lift you’ll overextend, knocking your head off the ball with your rear shoulder
    10. Imagine you are hitting the ball higher in the zone, and closer to your body
    11. Now turn from your core/hips; exploding from your core, the hips are turning your back leg/foot
    12. Quick with your turn; your core explodes, your hands stay back; you’ll notice a big improvement in bat speed
    13. Toss the ball up and in, challenge your players; track the ball longer, make contact closer to your body
    14. Relax your hands, use a short and flat swing plane
    15. Looking for something hard, up and inside
    16. Let the ball travel, track the ball making contact closer to your body



    The Multi-Swing Technique defines primary swing types, recognizing each requires unique mechanics for success. Therefore, you need to work in both areas to be a complete power hitter. Mechanical adjustments include reducing, or increasing swing movement, adapting to the optimal swing path, angle and circumference, and the use of your top, and bottom hand on your finish. Learn more about the Multi-Swing Method

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