What are some key factors in the hitting swing? Tapping into ground forces is a big well-kept secret, which we talked about in the last episode. In this episode, Justin Stone of Elite Baseball Training expands a bit more on how to use ground forces with your kids and explains some key hitting concepts (all of which are still related to using ground forces).
In this 34-minute episode, you'll learn:
- whether the stride foot should land in a 45 degree angle from initial stance
- why the second stage of the ground force drill progression involves leaning forward instead of leaning backward
- the importance of the fourth stage in the ground force drill progression
- why watching 2D video of batting swings can lead to incorrect analysis
- why it's important to understand your players' movement ability and where you can go to make those assessments
- why leg-to-leg transfer speed is important
- why youth hitters often have low adaptability to different pitch types
- why leg-to-leg transfer speed is not equivalent to a quicker stride
- whether high leg kicks affect leg-to-leg transfer speed
- whether youth batters should try to keep their load in their back side as long as possible
- how to help hitters who load poorly
- the four movement assessments coaches can use to get a general movement profile of youth athletes
- the five movement categories of youth athletes
- the ocular technology Justin is starting to get into
- why 12-14 year olds have a tougher time with breaking pitches than high schoolers
Resources and links mentioned in this episode:
- uHIT pitch recognition platform
- OnBaseU for conducting a certified movement screen
- Research on the Wayne Saccadic Fixator
- Binovi Touch for vision performance training
- Affiliate link for Justin Stone's EliteBaseball.TV
- Driveline Baseball's movement screen recommendations
- Some movement screens explained by Justin Stone at the 2019 ABCA Convention
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