LASER STRAP POWER HITTING AID
BATTING STANCE, LOADING, TIMING, AND SEPARATION
“He went two for three tonight with the last being a hard grounder to short which he couldn’t make a play on it (probably the best short in the league). Here is my question, he has his front forearm mostly level and the hands about chest high; I tell him if he has to raise his bat don’t swing. His back elbow is just comfortable (not up). The bat position is around collarbone to shoulder back, he doesn’t load the arms up much; but when he does load them up a bit (couple inches), it seems his bat speed is significantly better. Does moving the hands back say a 3-6 inches do if anything to help with timing? Please let me know your thoughts.”
Height of your Hands in your batting stance
- Set at, or slightly above the maximize height you’re able to hit a ball.
- To find this out, you can try front-toss, gradually raising the height of the pitch until you can’t reach.
- Advanced hitters, can adjust the height of their hands, depending on the pitch you expect to hit (see below).
Your Timing Dial: Setting The Height of your Back Elbow in your batting stance
- You’ve the option to raise, or lower the height of your rear elbow; to improve hitting a range of pitch types, as defined by our multi-swing method.
- Raise your elbow if you anticipate a slow-moving pitch.
- Lower your elbow if you anticipate a dominant fastball.
- Set in between, if you’re not sure what pitch is coming, or using a 2-strike hitting approach; “see the ball hit the ball” mode.
- The height of your elbow correlates to movement in your batting stride. A raised elbow works best with a longer stride, a shorter stride works best with a lower elbow, refer to our multi-swing method for more information.
Setting your front arm in your batting stance
Movement of your hands and timing
- Keep hand movement to a minimum as you load, and stride. Avoiding conscious thoughts of loading with your hands, which leads to overloading, or wrapping.
- Focus on loading from your core, your hands naturally separate as you stride forward; AKA swing separation.
- Your batting stride is more important for timing, specifically the time your front foot is planted. A rule of thumb for timing your front foot plant, “not too early, not too late.”
Angle of Torso in your batting stance
- Players lean over the plate, to gain an advantage with hitting a “hanging slider.” However, making it difficult to hit hard-and-inside fastballs. Additionally, leaning over the plate correlates to an increase in “hit-by-pitches.”
- A slight forward tilt is all you need, assisting to maintain a level bat level at contact for lower pitc locations; allowing you to hit both inside, and outside pitch locations.
Founder: Multi-Swing Method