15 Aug

Aristides Aquino Improves Swing Mechanics with Line Drive Pro Trainer on MLB Tonight

Cincinnati Reds outfielder, Aristides Aquino, is punishing baseballs and unless you’re a diehard fan, you probably haven’t heard the name until recently. Sports analysts have attributed his new stance and improved swing mechanics to a number of factors, including his secret weapon / training tool—the LineDrivePro Trainer.

The Cincinnati Reds organization signed Aquino in 2011, and since then, he’s had his struggles, hitting for occasional power, but at a low contact rate.

Aquino was eventually invited to ML Spring Training, and that is where he met 1st-year assistant hitting coach Donnie Eckerd. They immediately went to work making changes to his stance and dedicating time to the swing path. At 6.7” Aquino is an intimidating figure in the batter’s box. His power has never been in question, but the rate at which those homeruns came throughout the minor leagues was of concern. With 28 homers in 78 games at the Triple-A level this year the Reds, who were looking to add more power to the lineup, eventually called up Aquino to Cincinnati.

Aquino’s new swing approach has paid dividends in the big leagues. Aquino has hit nine home runs in his first 14 big league games—an all-time MLB record. He recently hit homers in the second and third innings against Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks and again in the fourth against Dillon Maples. In another game against the Chicago Cubs, he crushed a homerun with an exit velocity of just over 118 miles per hour. This is the hardest hit baseball of any type for the Reds according to StatCast.

Reds Hitting Coach On Aristides Aquino Swing:

Donnie Ecker, Reds assistant hitting coach, said: “…it’s all about getting Aquino’s bat in the zone as long as possible and making the most efficient moves toward the ball that he can.”

Aquino used to be hunched more and his shoulders would move down toward the ball. By standing taller in his stance, he is more free and fluid in his swing through the zone, with his bat taking a slight upward angle, while still on plane with the pitch and in the hitting zone as long as possible.

The LineDrivePro Trainer is undoubtedly the best tool for developing the barrel control necessary for hitting hard line drives and homeruns. Proper bat path through the strike zone allows for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently. Using the hitting aid correctly forces the hitter to maintain the proper barrel position in the hitting zone to get the desired outcome of launching the ball back up the middle of the field. With continued use of the training tool in practice, muscle memory and proper “feel” of keeping the barrel in the hitting zone and on path are attained, and that translates to solid contact at the plate, and in this case, record-breaking home runs.

Ecker and Aquino work with the LineDrivePro Trainer ahead of games to remind him where his swing needs to be. His new stance at the plate may look unique, but the philosophy of optimal swing path and keeping the bat in the zone as long as possible is something we’ve heard over and over again regarding players tweaking their swings in the era of the launch angle, and clearly, it’s working for him too. The correct angle at which the bat enters the zone is crucial to consistent and solid contact and using the swing trainer on your own bat with our Hitting Target will help players at any level quickly see results.

This simple hitting aid is so effective at giving players results in the game, MLB Tonight recently broke down how pros like Aristides Aquino are using LineDrivePro Trainer to improve their swing path and mechanics. The LineDrivePro Trainer is the best hitting aid for developing a hitter’s feel for the proper swing path like Aristides Aquino, and the analysts on MLB Tonight, couldn’t agree more.

Helping young players understand barrel length through the hitting zone at an early age is crucial in their development. With continued use, hitters will impact the ball harder and more consistently.

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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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31 Aug

Baseball Hitting Drills

Using Baseball Hitting Aids To Teach Proper Baseball Swing Mechanics Effectively

The hardest concept to teach during baseball hitting drills, especially youth baseball hitting drills, is keeping the barrel in the hitting zone to achieve the ideal bat path. This one element of baseball swing mechanics is an absolute of all the great baseball hitting pros. If the hitter works across his or her body or gets outside the ball, it will launch to the pull side. If the hitter drops the barrel or carves a swing, the ball will launch to the opposite field. Firing a baseball or softball up the middle requires the hitter to learn correct baseball swing mechanics. Integrating baseball hitting aids like the LineDrivePro Trainer into your program’s hitting drills can help teach proper swing path fundamentals to any player in a short period of time.

A baseball hitting coach named Jacob Cruz designed a revolutionary baseball training aid to teach muscle memory and provide instant visual feedback – two mysteries many coaches find very hard to instill during batting practice or hitting drills. With continued use of the swing trainer during hitting drills, the proper “feel” of keeping the barrel in the zone is attained.

Here’s How To Implement The LineDrivePro Trainer Into Your Baseball Hitting Drills:

  • Begin hitting drills by attempting to launch balls up the middle, towards a desired target on a net or in the direction of the pitcher’s mound.
  • The hitter should pull the bat back in their regular hitting stance and swing with normal bat speed. For youth baseball hitting drills, start with holding the barrel out, pointing the LDPT baseball swing trainer towards the pitcher. Older players who understand palm up, palm down through the zone should start with the barrel out in front and the LDPT pointing towards the ground.
  • Hitters of all skill levels will receive instant visual feedback from the ball trajectory and can then make adjustments to their swing.
  • With continued repetition during your baseball hitting drills, the hitter will begin to feel the hands work longer through the zone as he/she consistently fires the ball back toward the pitcher or net.
  • After obtaining barrel control and the proper swing path, the hitter can work on intentionally firing balls to right field, left field, and back up the middle again.
  • The baseball hitting aid attaches to any bat and can be easily removed so that the player can move on to the next hitting station or live batting practice.

Why Is This One Of The Most Effective Baseball Hitting Drills?

  • Using the baseball hitting aid correctly, forces the hitter to maintain the barrel in the zone.
  • Proper bat path through the strike zone allows for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently.
  • The longer the barrel of the bat stays in the hitting zone, the less perfect the hitter’s timing needs to be to hit the ball well.
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