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Ryan Armstrong | May 6, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Baseball Drill of the Week | "Quarter Turns"

This week's Hitting Drill of the Week is "Quarter Turns"

Quarter Turns is a hitting drill we use to promote rotation and weight transfer through the swing. We do this by starting the drill in a "quarter turned" position, thereby already getting the hitter into a position on the way to rotation and transfer.

When doing the drill we just need to start in a regular stance and, as stated, just start the lower half into its rotation and weight transfer or "pinching" of the backside to the front side. From here, the hitter can simulate an at bat, either off a tee or with a partner doing front toss. We find that the Quarter Turn drill can help the hitter more naturally get better rotation and transfer after being artifically placed in a quarter turn start. Obviously the intention is that by working on this it will then help transfer to their regular swing. Coaching cues would be to watch for the hitter's finish to include full rotation as well as transfer to the front side with little to no weight on the backside while maintaining a balanced hitting position. 

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, rotational power, hitting, baseball drills, hitting drills, hitting power, hitting rotation, hitting mechanics, bat plane, weight transfer

Rick Boutilier | Nov 21, 2013 10:33:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Med Ball Shot Puts"

The SST Baseball Exercise of the Week is Med Ball Shot Puts.

This is a great exercise that helps baseball players develop rotational power. We really want to focus on transferring weight from the back foot to the front foot while remaining balanced. Just like when we hit, we want to use momentum and make sure are hips are travelling towards the pitcher. We then use our top hand to "punch" the ball forward. It's important for hitters to make sure the top hand is strong through contact. Many young baseball players tend to release the top hand too early or not stay strong with that top hand through contact. This can negatively impact ball exit speed.

Here is a short video demo below:

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Topics: baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, rotational power, baseball exercise, med ball drills

Rick Boutilier | May 1, 2013 7:55:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Med Ball Slam w/ Hip Toss"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Med Ball Slam w/ Hip Toss"

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Topics: in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, rotational power, baseball exercise, med ball drills, hitting rotation, pitching rotation

Rick Boutilier | Apr 17, 2013 8:42:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Hip Twists"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Hip Twists".

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Topics: fitness tips, agility training, warming up, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, rotational power, baseball exercise, speed, speed training, pitching velocity, Motor Skills, hitting rotation, pitching rotation, swing rotation, hip twists

Rick Boutilier | Apr 3, 2013 8:41:00 AM

Baseball Exercise of the Week | "Grappler Rotations"

This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Grappler Rotations".

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Topics: SST Mississauga, strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, grappler rotations, rotational power, baseball exercise

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