02 May

Scientific Data Showing Why The LDPT Is Effective

The Data Doesn’t Lie: Proof Showing How The LDPT Effectively Trains Hitters To Have A More Connected Swing

Today we are taking a look at the Line Drive Pro trainer. We have one of our professional trainers strapping the Line Drive Pro Trainer on to the bat, and we are going to take a look at swing mechanics from a kinematic and biomechanical standpoint.  One great thing about the Line Drive Pro Trainer is that it gives you excellent visual feedback to whether your swing is connected and carries the bat through the hitting zone. This can be seen here at 240 frames per second on a high-speed camera, you can see how when the ball is released forward through the middle of the cage how connected the hitter is. This allows for a higher turn speed, which we call angular velocity. When the hitter is connected, the hands stay tighter to the body through the turn and the barrel releases out in front thus carrying through a larger hitting zone. You can see him working closer to full speed here, and you can see how far the barrel works to the front side of the zone, which allows for greater variances on either side of timing.

You want the barrel to enter the zone deep into it, and stay in it out in front, which allows the hitter a bigger window to make contact. This is something we were able to measure, if you look where the barrel enters the zone, you can see how far forward in the zone he attacks the slow pitch. The barrel then stays through the hitting zone. This is what the Line Drive Pro is designed to do – give you visual feedback. This allows the player to not need to think about mechanics, because a correct swing will be visually seen. When the swing is correct it’s going to be faster and allow you to keep the barrel in the hitting zone longer.

So now let’s look at the objective proof. The objective data we used is from the Diamond Kinetics app and 3D body sensors, and we used these to check how far the barrel stayed in the hitting zone. In this case, the particular high speed swing we saw measured 35 inches into the zone. I remember doing studies in the past of Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer when they were in their prime and I said the reason they did so well was that their barrels stayed in the zone 36 inches. That meant they were staying in the zone more than most big league hitters, which gave them more solid opportunities for contact.

With the use of the Line Drive Pro we were able to push the barrel through zone longer, in this case the instructor was able to stay in for 35 inches. When you look at the graph on the right it represents our angular velocities, this is our turn speed, and also shows a swing in sequence. The red signifies the lower body or the hip speed feeding into the core up the chain, which feeds into the lead arm, and eventually the bat. You can see how each peak goes just a little bit later than the previous one, and that is what makes a connected swing with tight rotation. You can see this reflected at the bottom, look how the turn speeds and angular velocity begin to go higher and higher, as we spike at the end with the barrel releasing into the zone. When we have a swing connected like that you’re going to have a constant build up of energy that’s released when the barrel goes through the strike zone.

Angular Velocity LDPT

 

What we’re looking for is top speed in an efficient high-ceiling swing where we are getting everything out of our body. But at the same time the Line Drive Pro can give us negative feedback. We’ve all had hitters that we’ve seen cast the bat out away from them. The visual feedback will get the ball going to work down the opposite field line early. As you can see, the bat is getting out away from his body, and a longer arc around the body begins moving off his front hip. With the Diamond Kinetics app, this time the barrel only stayed in the hitting zone for 31 inches. You can see how the arc is further away from the body and eventually cuts off out of the zone. This is a longer slower swing path and we’re getting the same feedback from our kinematic apps that he’s getting from just the visual feedback seen where the ball is released from the Line Drive Pro cup.

Now when we look at that same long swing in the graph compared to the connected one, we had the connected one over on the right, that’s the one that’s in sequence. The body is maximizing its efficiency and transfers energy up the chain. Here on the left, the swing that gets away from our body early means that hands are being released early and it’s no longer in sequence. The body is no longer transferring energy efficient pattern, which means we have wasted energy that’s never going to translate into a higher turn speed thus a higher bat speed.

Notice how the numbers at the bottom are a lot lower than the connected swing, only maxing out 1307 degrees per second as opposed to 1590 degrees per second. We can see that the turn speed is slower thus a reduction in bat speed.

The same would hold true for the player that rolls over early and cuts the bat off the front hip early out of the front side of the zone. You can see that the rollover is going to give us the visual feedback of the ball going down into the pull side. The same thing showed up when we tested it kinematically. This time the barrel was only in the hitting zone for 29 inches as it cut quickly off the players front hip. We see this type of pattern is one that doesn’t give us a chance to make solid contact throughout the zone, which means timing has to be precise. The visual feedback created from the Line Drive Pro Trainer will tell us that we’re cutting the bat off early. It’s cutting off our front hip and out of the zone and the ball is rolling over to the pull side.

I like hitting drills that create feel for players without causing them to have to think a great deal. That’s exactly what the Line Drive Pro does and it was tested here with objective data. We know that the Line Drive Pro Trainer will make the hitter more connected, thus increasing his turn speed as well as keeping the bat through a longer hitting zone. This gives you the type of visual feedback that is very easy to understand for the player which is why this is a great tool for players of all ages to use and improve swing mechanics.

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27 Feb

Hitting Aids Youth Baseball

As parents, we all want to see our kids performing at the top of their hitting game. However, the road to achieving peak performance can seem complex and daunting. There are numerous hitting aids for youth baseball players on the market. There is also an abundance of coaches willing to offer expensive private hitting lessons. So which hitting aids youth baseball options makes the most sense for your son or daughter?

The key is to select the training source that makes developing the proper swing path a fun and intuitive process. Preferably without draining your wallet. Enlisting the help of a hitting coach tends to be thought of as the most trusted route to take. While hitting instructors will agree that having strength through the hitting zone is an absolute.  Each hitting instructor teaches bat path in a unique way that can sometimes be controversial. This can cause issues with learning proper bat path for youth players. However, The LineDrivePro Swing Trainer takes the guesswork out of it through visual feedback that the hitter sees and feels.

Hitting Aids Youth Baseball

Ranked One Of The Best Baseball Hitting / Training Aids

BY BASEBALL MADE FUN

The LineDrivePro Trainer baseball hitting aid has a proven track record of helping youth baseball players to both develop a feel for and see the results of a proper swing path through a no-pressure, natural progression. In fact, a recently posted article by Baseball Made Fun named the 5 Best Hitting Aids of 2017, and LineDrivePro Trainer was #1 on their list of hitting aids for youth players. The site found LineDrivePro to be the most effective training aid. This is due to the simplicity of how it straps directly to the player’s own bat, creating a natural experience for the hitter. The immediate visual feedback offered by seeing the ball leave the bat makes the process of learning proper swing mechanics intuitive for the player and shows that baseball hitting aids are the best coaches. Plus, learning to control ball movement makes training fun by turning hitting drills into a game of target practice using our Hitting Target & Swing Trainer ProBundle.

We know that each player is unique and improvement is a continuous process.  You may find the need to re-evaluate your young hitter’s training needs as they grow and develop. The great thing about LDPT is that it is applicable to a hitting program designed around its sole use or utilized as a tool within a broader training approach. Athletes of all ages and skill levels can benefit from the use of The LinevDrive Pro Trainer as it is one investment that will continue to help your hitter refine his or her ideal bat path for years to come.

Get 25% OFF with code ‘SPRING’ during our spring sale! Head over to our shop to claim your code now!

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03 Mar

Proper Swing Plane / Bat Path Drills

Proper swing plane or bat path through the hitting zone allows for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently. Developing the barrel control to stay long through the zone gives the hitter some room for error in making contact with a pitch. By getting on plane with the pitch, the hitter can be slightly early or slightly late and still have a good chance of impacting the ball.

Proper Swing Plane

The physics are pretty simple. Get the bat on plane early in the swing and you will have more of an opportunity to accelerate to the ball. The longer it’s accelerating on that path, the greater the bat speed, and the faster the bat is moving, the harder you will hit the ball. Developing muscle memory for getting on plane quick and staying on plane longer will provide various points of contact and more power.

The correct angle at which the bat enters the zone is crucial to consistent and solid contact, but this can be a very difficult component of proper swing mechanics to master for any player. Common swing flaws can usually be fixed by focusing on how the bat is working through the zone. These are the 2 most common issues hitters usually experience:

  1. The barrel is in and out of the zone: The hitter works across his body and across the plate. While using the LineDrivePro Trainer, the hitter will see the ball launch to the pull side.
  2. The path is too long: The hitter drops (loses) the barrel early and either drags the bat across the plate or swings up through zone. With the LDPT, the ball will launch up or to the open side.

The instant visual feedback from the trajectory of the ball enables the hitter to learn how their bat is working through the zone and feel what adjustments need to be made. The LineDrivePro Swing Plane Trainer simplifies technical jargon and complicated swing terminology. The baseball swing plane trainer visually demonstrates hard-to-explain fundamentals so hitters of all ages and skill levels can learn how to eliminate common swing flaws and focus on building proper mechanics.

Utilizing baseball hitting drills that promote proper swing plane is paramount for baseball or softball players looking to get more hits. LineDrivePro gives hitters the tools to see how the barrel is working through the hitting zone so they can make the proper adjustments to their bat path.

Swing Plane Drills

Aiming for a target 25 or 55 ft. away allows hitters to practice getting on plane with the average pitch by seeing & feeling the ball launch at a slightly upward trajectory.

Setting up the LineDrivePro Hitting Target either 25’-30’ (for juniors) or 55’ (for advanced players) away at the proper height ensures hitters practice staying on the exact plane of 5-7 degrees – the downward angle of an average MLB pitch (softball will vary). When line drives are launched straight at the center of the target the hitter knows the bat path is correct and the barrel is staying long through the zone. Hitters struggling to get on plane with a pitch will benefit from the self-teaching hitting aids. The LineDrive Pro Swing Trainer & Hitting Target keep hitters engaged and having fun while they practice. These simple drills can be set up anywhere and provide hitters with a visual target to aim for and a point system to make things competitive. Get ready for the season and order the ProBundle during our Spring sale now! Enter coupon code ‘SPRING17’ to get 20% off your order.

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03 Jan

2017 ABCA Convention

Don’t miss LineDrivePro Trainer at the 2017 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA. Baseball’s biggest trade show is taking place Thursday, January 5th through Saturday, January 7th. The annual ABCA Trade Show is one of the major highlights of the Convention. Over 300 exhibitors will be at the ABCA Trade Show to display state-of-the-art equipment and products, including hitting aids, apparel, field equipment, hitting/pitching machines and software. Be sure you stop by Booth 483 to check out the hottest hitting aid on the market.

See all the schedules, speakers in the 25 clinics, 19 presentations in the Expo Theater, ABCA Trade Show details and other events at http://www.ABCA.org/convention

ABCA Convention

Jan 5 – Jan 8

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, California 92802

BOOTH 483 – LINEDRIVEPRO TRAINER

 

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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

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🔸 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.

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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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