Hitting All Pitch Locations For Power
- Hello, I’m Clint Balgera the inventor of the Laser Power Swing Trainer. Today I’m covering the basic principles of my Multi-Swing Method. Training mechanics to hit the two most challenging pitch locations, low and outside, and “up and inside;” everything else in between becomes easy.
- First, let’s discuss hitting the ball closer to your body. For example, “up and inside;”
- For advanced hitters, I recommend to use a heavy training bat. The only way to swing a heavy bat with a short swing is to “stay connected” to your core. Your core muscles take the weight from your arms.
- For contact closer to your body, keep both hands on the bat with your follow through and don’t lift. Short-Flat swing path designed to square up a higher, faster and flatter pitch type. Long and arcing swing path we will use for “low and outside.”
- Keeping one or two hands on your bat works better for certain locations.
- I’m teaching you how to maximize the strength of your top and bottom hands; and which swing type correlates to the depth of your contact
- For example, if you keep both hands on the bat for “low-and-outside,” you’ll “roll over.” Taking your bottom hand off as you feel pressure on your rear shoulder gives you extra reach/plate coverage
- Up-and-inside the ball is up on you quick, you don’t have time to extend, you need to be “short and flat.” It’s physically impossible to hit “Up-and-inside” fastball close to your body then extend through the ball. Keep both hands on your finish, short, flat swing path. Do not alter your natural swing path by lifting.
- If you get the barrel to the fastball closer to your body, you are “connected” at contact; you will crush the ball; you don’t need the extension for power; you are using force from your body’s core muscles.
- Releasing your bottom hand on your finish helps for contact further away from your body; giving your more plate coverage, good for two-strike hitting.
- Using a heavy bat you can’t cheat and use your arms, you have to have good rotational mechanics. For the extension drill we are using a light bat, as you get further away from your body; you need bat speed and momentum for power. You have the option to do the same in a game, depending on the type of pitcher you are facing. In a game if you expect “low-and-away” use a light bat. For “hard-up-inside” use a heavier bat. For “up-inside” we recommend to shorten up, akin to Barry Bonds; all you need to do is get the barrel head to the ball, staying “short and flat.”
- For “low and away,” use a light bat; whipping the bat too, and through the ball.