31 Oct

Trick Or Treat

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27 Sep

The Importance Of Muscle Memory In Baseball Swing Mechanics

PART I – The Science Behind Biomechanics & Muscle Memory

For athletes muscle memory is extremely important. And for hitters the best way to improve baseball swing mechanics is through muscle memory training. The key is repetition. Consistent physical repetition helps develop a feel for the proper swing path and trains the brain on the impulses necessary to perform the desired action without conscious effort.

To better understand how muscle memory works, development can be broken down into three stages:

1. The Cognitive Phase

Learning begins by developing an overall understanding of hitting mechanics – how to hold the bat, getting into a hitting stance, basic swing instruction, etc. In this phase it is extremely important for a hitter to feel as well as see what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. Visual feedback and feeling how different body parts or muscles groups are working is beneficial for adjusting the swing.

2. The Associative Phase

The athlete understands the fundamentals of hitting and is in the process of refining swing mechanics through practice. With consistent repetition, the athlete’s biomechanics or movements are guided by sensations derived from receptors located in muscles, tendons, and joints. For tips on basic hitting fundamentals, check out our Baseball Swing Mechanics Hitting Guide.

3. The Autonomous Phase

The skill of hitting becomes mostly automatic and proper baseball swing mechanics are executed without thought. The brain stores and recalls all of this information to send to a hitter’s muscles when it is time to perform at the plate.

The more consistently you repeat any motion the more reliable your muscle memory becomes and over time proper swing mechanics become part of a innate reflexive action. Now keep in mind that practice makes permanent, but not always perfect. If you repetitively practice a bad swing, you end up being really good at repeating mistakes and reinforcing bad habits. Whether trying to improve the consistency of your swing or correct common swing flaws, using a swing trainer to guide you through a correct, repeatable motion can help make the desired movement and mechanics familiar to your body. Once the muscles memorize how the proper swing feels during practice, the hitter will be able to work the barrel correctly through the zone without conscious awareness during the game, leaving nothing but the pitch to focus on at the plate.

PART II – The Science Behind Processing A Pitch

Considering a batter has only milliseconds to react to a pitch its imperative that all attention while in the box is given to quick decision-making.

From release of the pitch, a 95 MPH fastball takes about 400 ms to reach the plate and on average it takes a MLB player 150 ms to get their bat around. In addition, it takes approximately 100 ms for the brain to process an image, in this case the baseball, and 25 ms for the brain to send a signal to the body to swing. So, that leaves 125 ms to decide whether to swing or not, and how.

The batter must predict the balls path subject to a variety of pitch types. Since pitch recognition has to occur in a fourth of the amount of time it takes to blink, it is mostly a learned reaction. An experienced hitter’s brain is capable of anticipating information it has not yet received – identifying the possible trajectory of the ball before it even leaves the pitcher’s hand.

Once a decision is made, a signal in the eye sends a message to a part of the brain that controls the muscles. The brain must then send a signal to the muscles, telling them to swing. The batter has a 7 ms margin of error to connect with the ball. Swinging too early or too late will generally produce a swing and miss or weak contact. However, optimal timing and proper bat path through the strike zone allow for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently. Developing the muscle memory needed for keeping the barrel in the hitting zone for as long as possible increases a hitter’s chance of success each at bat and is one of the most important aspects of baseball hitting mechanics.

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24 Jun
03 Jun

Batting Tips For Proper Baseball Swing Mechanics

BATTING TIPS:

FIXING THE THREE MOST COMMON FLAWS IN YOUR BASEBALL SWING MECHANICS

1.) CAST THE SWING

PROBLEM: Before players can use batting tips effectively, they must understand the root of the problem. Early arm extension through the swing process results in a mechanical flaw known as a cast. Batters who fully extend their front arm, or bar out, as they begin to swing find themselves in trouble before the ball even crosses the plate. As the barrel of the bat extends away from the hitter’s body on the initial approach it prevents the hitter from staying inside on the ball. This causes the barrel to wrap around the baseball, eliminating any chance of an opposite field hit. Along with no hits to the opposite field, batters who cast their swing also experience long, slow and weak swing paths making it nearly impossible to catch up to a good fastball.

SOLUTION: As the late great Ted Williams always said “hips before hands.” Initiating your hips before turning your inside shoulder helps prevent casting along with other baseball swing flaws. Once your hips have begun to rotate throw your hands at the ball while maintaining a solid bottom arm in a strong and slightly bent position. In other words the shaft of the bat stays close and tight to the back shoulder. This establishes more power from the beginning of a hitters swing to the end.

Batting Tips

BATTING TIPS: Repetition is key practicing your swing for just 2-3 minutes a day will help make a huge improvement. Casting while using the LineDrivePro will make it nearly impossible to fire a ball back up the middle. In order to get the desired trajectory the bat path and baseball swing mechanics have to be correct.

 

2.) UPPER CUTS

PROBLEM: Upper cutting your baseball swing is one of the most common mistakes baseball players continue to make. This leads to more strike outs and less contact during each plate appearance.
When a hitter initiates their swing by dropping their back shoulder typically the the barrel of the baseball bat will drop with it. Thus making it impossible to be short to contact and long through the hitting zone. The length on the backside of the swing causes the hitter to be late to contact. Even if contact is made the ball will be shot up in a fly ball trajectory or will be struck at an angle creating topspin rather than backspin, eliminating the opportunity for the ball to carry.

SOLUTION: Proper batting stance is important. The angle of the shoulder should be level or have the back shoulder slightly higher than the front shoulder. Staying tall and keep the eyesight square to the pitcher (without tilt) can help eliminate an uppercut swing path.

Batting Tips

BATTING TIPS: Check out the LDPT Baseball Hitting Target! While using this hitting aid players focus on sending line drives into the bullseye, staying away from uppercut swings.

 

3.) OVER STRIDE

PROBLEM: You can find baseball players at almost every level that are still under the impression that a bigger stride equals more power. This could not be further from the truth, in fact most of the time the hitter experiences a loss of power due to an extreme weight shift. A stride is meant to be used as a timing mechanism and nothing more. A big stride shifts your weight towards the back, causing your back leg, shoulder and hands to collapse. A big stride can also cause the hitter to lunge forward making it impossible to stay behind and inside the ball and making the swing longer. This can most noticeably be seen when a hitter ends up on one knee after his swing. The bigger your stride, the bigger chance for error you create. The more movement you have in your swing the harder it is to keep your head down and track the baseball. If your head is moving towards the ball while the ball is moving towards you it will seem like the pitch is coming at you with higher velocity than it actually is. One constant of all good hitters is the minimal amount of head movement throughout the swing.

SOLUTION: Fixing your stride can be as easy, you just have to understand the first step. Over stride is caused from bad timing, you want to always be “not too early, but not too late”. If a hitter has his foot down early his body will lose momentum. If it’s too late he will be behind with his swing resulting in poor contact or none at all. To help practice your timing think of reaching with your front foot rather than stepping. You want to be calm and relaxed. An overanxious or tense swing will throw your timing off and cause an over stride. Keep your stride short (but outside your shoulders) and smooth, you want the front foot to land with the weight on the inside of the foot. A short stride can be practiced but is not easily transitioned into a game. Once a batter sees a pitch coming towards them muscle memory kicks in causing an over stride again. Repetition is the key. Be patient as it take time and reps to change muscle memory and control of body movements. Refer to our Baseball Swing Mechanics Hitting Guide for more info on proper batting stance.

Baseball Hitting Tips

BATTING TIPS: Sometimes fixing your stride can be as simple as adjusting the distance between your feet. If your stride is too big, adjust your feet to be little further apart. Always remember, power comes from your hips not your stride. When you combine and apply these simple batting tips you should see huge improvements in your softball or baseball swing mechanics.

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09 Feb

Win Baseball Hitting Aids In Our Photo Contest

Is Your First True Love Baseball Or Softball? Show Your Swing Some Love This Valentine’s Day. Enter Our Photo Contest To Win A LineDrivePro Baseball Swing Trainer.

RULES:

🔸 You must be following us on the social network you post your photos on:

Facebook: @LineDrivePro Trainer

Instagram: @Line_Drive_Pro_

Twitter:  @Line_Drive_Pro

🔸 Post a photo demonstrating your love for the game now through Valentine’s Day.

🔸 You must include our @username (above) and #LineDriveLove in your post.

🔸 DO use all 3 social platforms for multiple chances to win – 1 winner will be chosen on each and announced 02/17/16. DON’T use ghost accounts. Private accounts are ok.

We also have a SWEET DEAL for you this week: For a limited time only, get 15% off our Pink Baseball Hitting Aid.

USE PROMO CODE: PINK

Expires 12:00AM 02/15/16

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02 Jan

LineDrivePro At The 2016 ABCA Convention In Nashville

Be sure to stop by booth 239 at the #‎ABCA2016‬ Convention to say hi and demo the LineDrivePro Trainer! At the ABCA Trade Show, over 300 companies are expected to display state-of-the-art equipment, products, and innovations, including coaching aids, baseball apparel, field equipment, baseball hitting aids and more. Many products will be unveiled for the first time during the Trade Show. Clinics, the ABCA Trade Show, meetings and several awards presentations and honors will all be features at the 2016 ABCA Convention at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville! Activities begin on Thursday, Jan. 7 with the first day of the ABCA Trade Show as well as committee and divisional meetings. The ABCA Clinics begin on Friday, Jan. 8 and run through Sunday, Jan. 10. For more info visit: http://abca.org/convention

 

2016 ABCA Convention

Booth #239
Jan. 7-10, 2016 – Nashville, Tennessee
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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