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Rick Johnston | Dec 6, 2016 5:44:51 PM

Hitters... Let's become more aware

Everyone that has played the game and those of us that are still playing the game, will tell you how difficult it is to hit a baseball. In fact, one can argue, it is the most difficult athletic movement to create in sport. Just think of the thousands and thousands of swings that hitters take over their years of playing. And those thousands of swings that are taken still don’t produce positive results - the failure rate exceeds 70% for any hitter, even those that are the best in the world!

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Topics: hitting tips, Hitting plan, hitting, awareness, hands, power

Kevin Hussey | Apr 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Hitting and the Technical Domino Effect

There are hundreds of small techniques that a hitter can use to their advantage. Some techniques are more important than others but all of them have a purpose. It's rare for someone to know all the proper techniques with regard to hitting, but as long as you know what you're trying to accomplish, you can determine what’s needed to properly execute the skill. In this instance I will be discussing how to prevent pulling off the ball and why that’s important to avoid. A technique necessary for every hitter is to be able to put themselves in a position where they can keep their head and body on the ball as long as possible. Here's how you can make that happen.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting, hitting zones, hitting mechanics, The Baseball Zone, hitting stride issues, Canada

Kevin Hussey | Oct 1, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Why I'm Bad at Golf and How It Relates to Hitting a Baseball

I'm sure a golf expert would give me a lot of reasons why I'm a bad golfer. But there's one reason in particular that's also a reason why baseball players struggle. The reason I'm so bad at golf is because I look to see where I hit the ball before I actually hit it. As a result of trying to look where the ball goes, I pull my head off the ball causing me to mis-hit it. This concept is the same concept that affects young hitters, but it goes way past just pulling off the ball; it's a mental adjustment that needs to be made rather than a physical adjustment.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting approach, hitting, batting cages, vision, mental mistakes, physical mistakes, golf

Kevin Hussey | Feb 7, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Thinking About Switch Hitting? Here Is Some Advice For You to Consider

Becoming a switch hitter is a difficult decision that some players will have to make. Before you make the decision to become a switch hitter, you need to be able to answer some questions about yourself. If you're a natural right handed batter, are you willing to bat left handed potentially 90% of the time? If you're a natural left handed batter are you willing to bat right handed if the game depended on it? If you're not willing to make these decisions/sacrifices, maybe switch hitting isn't for you. If you are willing to make these sacrifices, you at least have the mentality a switch hitter needs.

Although it's great to have the mentality of a switch hitter, it's going to take a lot more than that to be successful. It’s going to take a natural ability from the other side of the plate. If your initial feel for hitting on the other side of the plate isn't comfortable, becoming a switch hitter will be extremely difficult. When you step on the other side of the box you need to feel at least one distinct advantage. Hopefully the advantage you will notice will be your vision. Some players will step in the other batter’s box and instantly notice their vision is better on that side. This will obviously be a huge advantage to someone experimenting with switch hitting. Other advantages may come in the form of power or a natural swing plane. Without having a distinct and noticeable advantage to switch hitting, it’s difficult to justify the purpose of your experiment.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting strategy, hitting approach, hitting, hitting power, switch hitting

Ryan Armstrong | May 13, 2014 8:53:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Self Toss"

This week's Hitting Drill of the Week is "Self Toss"

Self toss is a drill we use to promote synchronization and connection in our athletes - in other words getting the parts in the right order. This drill is also useful in creating momentum as well promoting a strong visual process. Self toss is a drill that is used by all of our hitters but is especially useful to our hitters who struggle to get the parts in the right order. We love to use it as a warm up drill.

When doing the drill we start the hitter facing their target (which can be the back of a cage or centerfield...or wherever). From here, the hitter simply walks into their hitting position, tosses the ball out in front to roughly their front foot, and swings, all the while continuing movement and maintaining connection and synchronization of their moving parts. It is a great baseball drill with immediate feedback.

Check out Coach Army (@tbzarmy) with a demo below

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting preparation, hitting, baseball drills, hitting drills, momentum drills, hitting mechanics, synchronization, connection

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