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Biomechanics and Drills for Developing Great Hitters

Biomechanics and Drills for Developing Great Hitters

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  • Learn how to properly execute each phase of the swing

  • Includes drills for stance, contact and other techniques necessary for great hitters

  • See how a winning coach trains his hitters

with Randy Schneider, University of Wisconsin Associate Head Coach; 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions; Former head coach at Valparaiso University, where he left as the programs all-time winningest coach; 2008 Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year

A great swing needs to happen in the correct sequence to have the best possibility of having success at the plate. Randy Schneider offers drills rooted in physics to teach the key fundamentals of of a biomechanically sound swing. Coach Schneider offers drills for each phase of the swing, as well as drills to train vision. He also offers some ideas on differential learning to help structure practices to produce the most learning.

Stance and load drills - Creating a strong stance is critical in putting the hitter in a good position to generate power using the ground. Coach Schneider explains a few key principles of the stance, and offers two drills to teach your hitters how to get into a strong stance position. He also explains how to activate the hands with a load, and demonstrates three drills to work on the load phase of the swing.

Connection and contact point drills - Connection is when the forces of the lower and upper body are added together. Good connection and contact will help the hitter stay on plane longer, allowing them to hit more balls solidly. Because connection is so important to the swing, Coach Schneider shows two drills to work specifically on getting to a good connection position, and explains six drills to practice moving from connection to, and through, contact.

In addition, Coach Schneider offers a number of other drills he uses with his hitters, including a few vision drills that work specifically on seeing the ball well. He offers valuable advice for hitting change-ups, and explains a drill he uses to practice staying back on off-speed pitches.

The best way to teach any skill is to give the player the feeling of the proper movement. Drills are a great way to give your hitters that feeling. Coach Schneider gives you 19 new drills to show your hitters the feeling. 80 minutes. 2014.

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