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02 Oct 2020

3 Kids Baseball Drills That Are Fun to Practice Indoors

There is no better time for kids to be working on some fun baseball drills indoors. The current baseball season is winding down and next season is waiting in the batter’s box. Therefore, now is the perfect opportunity for youth players of all skill levels to continue working on consistent baseball swing mechanics by themselves at home.

A number of important hitting fundamentals can easily be practiced at home with a few simple baseball drills indoors or in the backyard.

All successful hitters and swing coaches agree that in order to have the best chance at making quality contact with the ball there are a few core components of the baseball swing that must be practiced repetitively:

  1. Proper control of the barrel of the bat. (Keeping the barrel of the bat through the hitting zone as long as possible)
  2. Optimal launch angle
  3. Good rotation of the body creating higher angular velocity or “turn speed”

When these components of the baseball swing are accomplished, the hitter’s giving themself the best opportunity to make contact with the baseball. Fortunately, for hitters of all skill levels and ages, these crucial parts of the baseball swing can be practiced and perfected with a few hitting drills at home.

Baseball drills for kids should focus on teaching the correct swing plane and bat path, but should also be fun. Here are 3 of the best baseball hitting drills for youngsters to practice at home that make learning these core fundamentals fun.

 

 

Drill #1: Youth Baseball Bat Path Drill

OBJECTIVE: Aim for A Large Target up The Middle 15-25 ft Away
Beginners should start with a simple drill first. After setting up a hitting net or target, attach the lightweight plastic cup to any bat with the velcro straps. Insert a standard tennis ball. The hitter should begin by taking normal swings. Start with trying to launch the ball straight up the middle. Launching a ball up the middle indicates they maintained the barrel through the hitting zone. Bat path is a very hard concept to learn without instant visual feedback.

Once they get the hang of that, set up a target that’s about 4 feet off the ground and 15-25 feet away. Aiming for a target using the swing trainer allows hitters to practice getting on plane with a pitch by visualizing as well as feeling the ball launch at a slightly upward trajectory or angle. When line drives are launched straight at the bullseye, the hitter knows their swing path is correct. And they know the barrel is staying long through the zone. Hitters struggling to get on plane with a pitch will benefit from self-teaching hitting aids like Line Drive Pro.


Drill #2: 500 Point Baseball Target Practice Hitting Drill

OBJECTIVE: First Player to Score 500 Points Wins
Use the LDPT Hitting Target to challenge opponents to a competitive game of point-play. Who will score 500 points first? Each hitter takes the same number of swings in each round. The first one to hit all the points wins. This is the most advanced drill for younger hitters. But without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable drills for kiddos to practice at home.


Drill #3: Indoor Batting Practice Warm-Up Drill

OBJECTIVE: BP Warm-up & Feel Proper Swing Mechanics
If you’re looking for a great indoor drill to get a feel for correct swing mechanics, mix in several sets of reps with the Line Drive Pro Trainer before other hitting drills. Use it as a warm-up drill or alternate between the swing trainer and soft toss, tee work, or batting practice. This reinforces positive muscle memory and increases the effectiveness of BP and live hitting drills. It’s also a great way to break up the monotony of batting practice and keep young ones engaged. The visual feedback allows the batter to make adjustments until the feel of a proper swing path is achieved.

 

These Top Baseball Drills for Kids Check the Following Boxes:


KIDS BASEBALL DRILLS SHOULD BE FUN/ENJOYABLE

Make youth baseball drills fun. Kids can practice their swing, get in reps, and improve without even knowing it if it’s fun and holds their interest. If your child is not interested in and enjoying the drills, they will not want to continue. Within these drills, players can create their own games. They can either challenge themselves or friends/teammates using the point system. The more games you come up with to test the players’ learned skills, the more they will want to compete and advance. Simply put, kids will be more inclined to repeat a baseball drill if it’s enjoyable and fun. It’s even more important for younger kids because the easier it is to understand, and the more fun you make it, the more they’re willing to put in the work to get better/improve their swing.

 

YOUTH HITTING DRILLS SHOULD REINFORCE POSITIVE MUSCLE MEMORY

All baseball drills should reinforce proper baseball swing mechanics and build positive muscle memory. Don’t practice bad habits. Having fun is a huge part of retaining your young slugger’s attention while practicing. However, if the drill is not reinforcing the above-mentioned hitting fundamentals and concepts of a proper swing then it will not be an effective drill or help with improvement.

 

NO BASEBALL DRILL EXPERTS NEEDED

Youth baseball drills should be practical and easy for both the coach/parent as well as the hitter to pick up. Little league coaches and parents do not hold PhDs in baseball swing mechanics. Baseball drills for kids need to provide instant and easy-to-decipher visual feedback. Easy-to-read visual feedback eliminates the confusion that may occur from different coaching techniques and/or verbiage. The more youth hitting drills can provide easy-to-understand feedback, the steeper the learning curve will be for youth hitters. Read more on why Baseball Hitting Aids Are The Best Coaches.

 

BASEBALL DRILLS KIDS CAN PRACTICE INDOORS

Drills must be easily practiced from home without a lot of space. With recent COVID-19 restrictions and weather changing, it’s more important than ever to find a way to practice by yourself in the comfort of your own home. Youth baseball drills shouldn’t require large expensive batting cages or access to a baseball field. With the Line Drive Pro Swing Trainer and a hitting net, players can easily get reps in anywhere, anytime using their own bat.

 

WHY DO YOUNGSTERS LOVE THESE BASEBALL DRILLS?

When all of the above-mentioned criteria is considered, one baseball training method stands out above the rest. And Baseball Made Fun agrees that the Line Drive Pro Trainer is one of the best hitting trainers for young players looking to fix swing flaws and improve their swing anywhere. Learning what proper swing mechanics feel like through fun drills at home is invaluable.

LineDrivePro hitting aids make baseball practice fun. The hitting target allows young players to challenge themselves or others to competitive games based on scoring points. Points are designated on the baseball hitting target and are scored like darts on a dartboard. These entertaining drills can be practiced from home, and stress the importance of barrel control through the hitting zone.

Not only are these competitive games within the drill fun, but they also reinforce the proper mechanics of a good baseball swing. Being able to integrate exciting games and competitive target practice drills indoors makes the LineDrivePro the best youth baseball training aid on the market.

 

KIDS BASEBALL DRILLS THAT PROVIDE VISUAL FEEDBACK ON THEIR SWING PATH

When a hitter has proper control of the barrel of the bat, they are allowing it to stay in the hitting zone the longest amount of time possible. Learning this control is crucial to a young hitter’s swing, which translates to success at the plate early on. Once the muscle memory for barrel control and optimal bat path is attained, hitters can focus on hitting the ball where it’s pitched.

Youth Baseball Drills for Swing Plane

 

Just as important as building positive muscle memory, is the ability to receive instant visual feedback so your hitter can diagnose common swing flaws on their own. Line Drive Pro Trainer drills offer instant feedback on every swing. This makes self-improvement easy to grasp and enjoyable for kids of all ages.

Kids will instantly know if they kept their barrel through the zone and maintained a proper bat path based on where they launch the tennis balls.


✓  PROPER SWING PATH

X  POOR SWING PATH

 

 

 

Conclusion

Drills that are fun and don’t require a lot of space create a relaxed environment where kids can practice important fundamentals on their own without complex technology or intimidating coaching terminology. There is no need to head out to a baseball field or batting cage. No need for an expensive hitting instructor to work on your child’s swing when there are basic drills you can do with the LDPT ProBundle in your own backyard or basement.

By implementing an intuitive training aid that allows kids to bring fun baseball drills indoors, you’re giving them the opportunity to not only train more but also have more fun. Although it’s relatively simple to use, it’s extremely effective and has been backed up with scientific data. Youth training aids and hitting drills should be exciting and teach proper mechanics at the same time. Developing proper swing mechanics at an early age in a fun environment is the best approach to achieving future success at the plate.

If you’re looking to introduce your child to some new baseball drills, integrate target practice drills or point-based games that use LDPT Training Aids. Kids as well as MLB players can benefit from hitting aids that are easy to grasp and can be used indoors. It’s a great way to improve all aspects of swing mechanics and make baseball drills fun!

27 Feb 2018

Best Hitting Aids for 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 youth baseball hitting aids make 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 baseball swing mechanics for youth players. However, The LineDrivePro Swing Trainer takes the guesswork out of it through visual feedback that the hitter sees and feels. The baseball hitting drills are also fun. Check out our list of kids baseball drills for 3 youth hitting drills young hitters will enjoy.

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, 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 hitting tool within a broader training approach. Athletes of all ages and skill levels can benefit from the use of The LineDrive 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.

 

ALSO SEE: 5 Best Baseball Hitting Trainers – A Guide To Selecting The Best Hitting Aids for Improving Your Swing

 

27 Sep 2016

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 an 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 hitting trainers 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 it’s 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 an 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 ball’s 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.

03 Jun 2016

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 a long, slow, and weak swing path. Without a proper baseball swing plane, it’s 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 hitter’s 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 top hitting trainers like 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 strikeouts and less contact during each plate appearance.
When a hitter initiates their swing by dropping their back shoulder typically 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.

BATTING TIPS FOR YOUR STRIDE

SOLUTION: Fixing your stride can be as easy. You just have to understand the first step. Over stride is caused by 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 overstride. 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 overstride again. Repetition is the key. Be patient as it takes time. It takes plenty of 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 a 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.

02 Dec 2015

3 Quick Tips to Fix A Slow Swing and Increase Bat Speed

Improve Bat Speed + Swing Mechanics

proper-training-ldpt1 – STOP BAD TRAINING HABITS

  • Practice hitting line drives, not home runs

Generally, line drives develop into home runs over time. It’s important to master hitting drives up the middle and to the opposite field before trying to swing for the fences. As your baseball swing mechanics develop and get stronger, bat speed will increase and you will start seeing doubles turn into home runs naturally.

  • Run rather than jog / lift faster rather than slow.

Baseball is a game of short bursts of strength, speed, and power. You can’t get faster by running slow laps around the warning track. Sprints and agility drills combined with explosive lifting to enhance fast-twitch muscle fibers are key if you want to run faster and hit the ball harder. The goal is to train muscles to trigger faster and contract quickly, providing the short bursts of energy needed for stealing bases and proper baseball swing speed.

 

 

 

 

2 – STAY LOOSE TO INCREASE BAT SPEED

baseball swing speed

It is important to feel comfortable at the plate so that you can block out distractions and concentrate on what’s important – seeing the pitch and utilizing the proper hitting mechanic. By staying relaxed you are able to avoid muscle tension, specifically in the arms and legs, and remain mentally focused which are the components needed to make hard contact consistently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

bat speed3 – MAKE SURE SWING SEQUENCE  IS CORRECT

An effective swing is a fluid swing in which you unlock your body parts in order. Your stride should be early and easy, remembering that the majority of your power comes from your lower half, your hips lead your hands keeping your wrists locked until after extension.

12 Oct 2015

Baseball Swing Mechanics Hitting Guide

IMPROVE BASEBALL SWING MECHANICS WITH THIS STEP-BY-STEP BASEBALL HITTING GUIDE FOR CONSISTENT CONTACT AND POWER THROUGHOUT THE SWING

1.) BASEBALL HITTING STANCE + LOAD/GATHER

Solid baseball swing mechanics start with a strong and balanced stance. The goal is to find a comfortable baseball stance that works for you. One that allows you to get to a powerful hitting position with consistent rhythm and timing. To promote proper balance your stance should be relaxed, not stiff. Making small movements while waiting for the pitch can relieve tension and help reduce rigidity in your form. As you “load” or gather your energy back and prepare to make a forward move into the ball, your weight should shift to the inside of the back leg. To build momentum you must go back before you go forward.

baseball swing mechanics

LDPT BASEBALL SWING MECHANICS PRO TIPS:

  • Practice getting in-sync with the pitcher while on-deck, but, generally, the best time to “load” is just as the pitcher starts his leg lift.
  • The load/gather stride should be early, slow and controlled.
  • Keep hips square and make sure your head and knee are inside back foot for optimal balance. (1)
  • Staying back will help prevent swinging with the upper body only, a flaw that reduces power and shortens the time the barrel is in the hitting zone. (2)

2.) BASEBALL HITTING MECHANICS FUNDAMENTALS

LOWER BODY ROTATION:

Once a portion of your weight is on your back foot, you will want to keep the lower half of your body square to home plate and inside the ball. The first move with the lower half should be a compression – a pinch of the back knee toward the inner thigh of the stride leg. As your front hip rotates firing at the ball, the back foot will pivot, allowing you to explode forward. You do not want to “squish the bug” with your back foot. You want to drive from the ball of the foot, up the leg, and into the hip to generate power from the bottom up. This is the foundation of proper baseball swing mechanics.

CONNECTED UPPER BODY:

Upper body motion should begin with the back elbow tucking into the rib cage, leading the hands toward the ball while remaining inside the front elbow. This gives you the ability to adjust to an outside pitch if needed. The hands should never work ahead of the back elbow or hip. If the back elbow, back hip, and hands don’t sync correctly then you’ll end up pushing the barrel of the bat rather than releasing through the ball.

MOMENTUM AND TIMING

Hips before hands – when the lower half rotates, the upper half will spin and the bat will work through the hitting zone. With proper baseball swing mechanics, the lower half (back knee) drives toward the pitcher. And the upper half (front shoulder) stays closed allowing weight transfer to occur naturally and the hands to work live and independent of the body.

perfect baseball swing mechanics

LDPT BASEBALL SWING MECHANICS PRO TIPS:

  • A slight compression or pinch of the back knee into the inner thigh of the stride leg will keep the lower half square and inside the ball. (1)
  • The back elbow, back hip and hands should align perfectly. (2)
  • Keep head inside knees and knees inside feet. (3)
  • Don’t “squish the bug” during lower body rotation or stop forward momentum until the stride heel plants firmly into the ground. (4)

3.) BASEBALL CONTACT + BAT PATH

Contact is the moment of truth. The bat must meet the 3-inch spinning ball within an eighth of an inch of dead center and at precisely the right millisecond. This is why correct and calculated baseball swing mechanics are so important. During contact, the wrists should be straight and the hands should be in the “palm up/palm down” position. If you don’t have a strong grip, the bat will actually slow down or bounce off the ball. With proper hand position at contact, you should be able to drive through the baseball. This is an important element in proper baseball hitting mechanics.

Baseball Swing Mechanics For Proper Bat Path

Connecting with the ball is one of the toughest components of hitting mechanics to master. Developing a proper bat path through the strike zone allows for various points of contact, helping you to hit the ball more consistently. This can only be obtained through repetitive baseball hitting drills that form muscle memory. Identifying the right movements and activating the correct muscle groups using our patented baseball swing trainer while swinging will instill the “feel” of proper baseball swing mechanics. With repetition, that “feel” will become second nature.

baseball hitting mechanics

LDPT BASEBALL SWING MECHANICS PRO TIPS:

  • Hands should be in the “palm up/palm down” position.
  • Get in the zone as quickly as possible and keep the barrel in the hitting zone as long as possible for maximum points of contact.
  • You should finish your baseball swing with both arms fully extended and the end of the bat pointed out towards center field.

KEEP IN MIND…

When our subconscious sends a message to our muscles, it travels 10 times faster than a message coming from our conscious mind. One of the best things you can do come game time is to practice and put in work before the game. This will allow you to free yourself up and be confident at the plate. The only decision you should make as a hitter is to swing or not to swing. When at bat you want to define your goal (get a hit) without any thought on “how” to accomplish it. The “how” is achieved during your baseball hitting drill routine.

Being faithful to a daily hitting routine that incorporates the use of baseball hitting aids during hitting drills will enhance your ability to correct flaws and get a “feel” for proper baseball swing mechanics. The simple but effective baseball hitting drill shown below can help improve any player’s baseball swing mechanics in no time.

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31 Aug 2015

Top 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 revolutionary baseball hitting trainers 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.

Baseball Hitting Drills – How To Implement The LineDrivePro Trainer Into Your Routine:

  • 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 swing plane 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.

 

Use these 3 fun baseball drills for kids to keep beginners engaged.

 

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.
02 Jul 2015

4 Tips For An Effective Baseball Offseason Training Program

Summertime is full of fun and exciting distractions. So, whether you are gaining momentum into your summer practice schedule or fighting to stay faithful to a softball or baseball hitting training routine, it is important to keep in mind that if you apply yourself in the offseason, you will get results. To make the most of the time you spend in the gym and on the field this summer you may want to focus on these 4 areas to make next season your best season:

1.) Training For Consistent Power At The Plate

Basbeball Power Training

Most softball or baseball players with high batting averages hit the ball hard and often. To increase your ability to hit for maximum contact, you will want to add balance training and core work to your fitness program. To generate consistent power at the plate, lower body training is essential. The waist down is responsible for over 80% of power and bat speed. Training that focuses on the hips and other lower body areas will help encourage proper baseball swing mechanics. The proper hitting stance and weight distribution gives the hands a clean path to be able to keep the barrel working through the hitting zone longer. When the lower half spins, the upper half will spin and the bat will work in and out of the hitting zone. When the lower half (back knee) drives toward the pitcher, the upper half (front shoulder) stays closed. If done properly, the back side naturally knocks the front side out of the way allowing the hands to work independent of the body. Nothing is more important than staying inside the ball, behind the ball and through the ball. This is an absolute of all good hitters and requires core training. For younger athletes, try these fun baseball drills indoors.

 

2.) Include Baseball Speed Training

Baseball Speed Training

Speed and quickness are important for both base running and running down balls on defense. On the field, enhance foot speed and body control by integrating ground and fly ball drills. To increase speed you will want to incorporate a lower body workout as well as resistance running drills into your weekly training regiment. Lateral Strength Exercises and Sliding Lateral Lunges are perfect. Performing exercises that improve your ability to maintain a tight core during running can have a tremendous impact on your sprinting speed. Make sure your routine emphasizes hip and glute activation. The hips and glutes are critical areas for increasing your speed.

 

3.) Maximize Batting Practice With Baseball Training Aids

Baseball Training Aids

The best thing you can do for your swing is to keep batting practice simple. Work on fine-tuning your swing mechanics during batting practice with fundamental hitting drills using baseball hitting trainers and tools like the LineDrivePro Trainer. The correct angle at which the bat/barrel enter the hitting zone is crucial to consistent hard contact. When line drives are launched up the middle using our baseball training aid, the hitter knows that the angle is correct. It’s as simple as that.

 

4.) Develop A Strength & Conditioning Training Plan

Baseball Training

To help make tough plays look easy at any position, concentrate on agility and upper body strength training. Plan and stick to a routine to make sure you’re hitting the gym at least 3 to 4 times a week. It’s no secret that the best players on the field are the first and last players in the gym. Segmenting your weekly workout schedule will help reduce boredom and allow you to rest certain major muscle groups without avoiding the gym. On the days when motivation is lacking, try to keep in mind that developing a routine over summer and sticking to it is your best opportunity for seeing serious improvement before next season.

09 May 2015

Mental Toughness and Sports Psychology in Baseball and Softball

The training doesn’t stop at the plate

In a game where great hitters fail at a rate of 70 percent, perseverance is as important as baseball swing mechanics, bat speed, and physical strength. Mental toughness is having the capacity to press on through difficult situations while remaining confident. The process of developing mental toughness begins with adopting a can-do attitude. It is training that voice in your head to tell you to keep pushing, you got this, the next pitch is yours, even after watching 2 strikes fly by. The best way to achieve this level of inner confidence is to put in work before stepping up to the plate. Practicing with a baseball hitting aid like the LineDrivePro Trainer introduces the techniques of visualization and pre-performance routine. According to former MLB Player Dmitri Young; “The LineDrivePro Trainer truly reminds the hitter to have a consistent swing path and to work on visualizing the contact point.” Visualization decreases stress and puts you where you need to be mentally when it comes time to execute on the field. Plus, concentrating on the routine you developed while using  baseball hitting trainers can help you be less distracted by the many uncontrollable factors of the game. It is this zen-like focus that you want to have while walking slowly to the plate. Just remember to breathe and keep the routine going.

Positivity, confidence, and focus. . .all that is left is not to worry about the outcome of your at-bat. Yes, this is absolutely easier said than done. However, if you can become comfortable with an uncomfortable result like striking out and can accept failure as an inevitable part of baseball then you will be more likely to bounce back from small defeats. Be resilient, celebrate your accomplishments, recognize opportunities for improvement, and know that your capabilities are not predetermined or limited. Effort creates success so get out there and PLAY HARD, PLAY SMART! Click Here to see how the LineDrivePro Softball & Baseball Swing Trainer works.

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