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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09 May

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 the baseball swing trainer 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 breath 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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26 Mar

Baseball Hitting Aids Are The Best Coaches

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.

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