Recently I went to the little league park just to sit, relax, and watch a baseball game. As I walked through the clover of baseball fields I heard a coach exclaim, “Johnny get your elbow up. Get it UP!” Then my attention was drawn to the baseball field on my left where I heard another coach yell to his player, “Get that elbow down. Get it DOWN!” This conflicting information got my wheels turning and I began to think about what we as coaches tell our kids. Again, I heard the voice of the first coach, “Son, you need to stay back.” and seconds later, “Be aggressive. Go get the ball,” rung out from the coach on the opposite field. I went to the park knowing that the team likely to win would be the one who made the fewest errors and I left thinking about the impact misinformation can have on a baseball player’s development.
So what message are we sending our kids who we expect to do well? We buy them fancy cleats, the big league glove, the magnetic wristband that is supposed to increases power. But where do we go to buy the right information to help our kids succeed in a very difficult sport? We can enroll them in expensive private lessons, with the hope that the instructor can connect with our hitter. After all, there are an abundance of individuals willing to sell their expertise to help your son or daughter become a better hitter. The problem lies in that anyone can offer private instruction, yet we are not all experts.
More frequently we rely on the advice that is most readily available, and often free, to our child. Being a dad and coach myself, I can say that most dads and coaches believe that their information is correct. If I read it in a book, saw it on Youtube, or heard other coaches give the same advice it must be true, right? Baseball is a sport that is such a part of our culture that overtime many aspects of the game have been simplified so that anyone can understand the basics. However, any player will tell you that baseball is anything but simple. It’s a tough sport to succeed at, only made harder by bad instruction provided with the best of intentions.
So how do parents with limited or no baseball experience help young athletes become the best players possible? Fortunately, a new baseball hitting aid and training device just entered the market that helps to make hitters better and coaching simpler. The LineDrivePro Trainer has been quoted as being “ingenious, absolutely simple and effective.” We all know that good hitters manage to keep the barrel of the bat in the hitting zone, but how is this taught? How does a player know if his/her swing is good or not? How do they know that the drills they are working hard at are working to make them better? Unlike traditional tee practice which can inevitably promote swinging without a purpose, the LineDrivePro Trainer provides instant feedback so that your hitter can make beneficial adjustment to their baseball swing mechanics rather than reinforce bad hitting habits.
As a coach my goal is to guide a hitter to learn how to fire the baseball back at the pitcher. Again, this is often easier said than done and since instruction doesn’t always translate seamlessly into an intended action, The LineDrivePro Trainer was developed to takes the guess work out of finding the right swing. The product is a cup that attaches to any bat that is designed to release a ball with the force of the hitter’s swing. If the hitter is able to fire the baseball up the middle then the bat was in the zone. If the hitter fires the baseball anywhere else, the barrel did not work properly. It is the only baseball hitting aid that truly simplifies the tough process of developing good baseball swing mechanics to the point that all the hitter needs to do is consistently fire balls up the middle. Feel it. See It. Hear it. Keep doing what works and repeat. That’s it! Your hitter will quickly learn how to keep their barrel in the hitting zone and with continued use of the LineDrivePro Trainer they will develop the muscle memory to succeed at one of the hardest things to do in sports.