Does your batting practice consist of you pitching, one kid hitting and everyone else standing around in the field...while telling the batter to swing level? Josh Rodrigues, assistant coach at Salve Regina University, discusses some modern hitting concepts and practical ways to help your hitters. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
Plus Justin Stone of elitebaseball.tv answers the Question Of The Week about how to help kids know how to end plays on defense. And Austin Wasserman of WassermanStrength.com introduces us to offset squats. Plus, this is your last week to enter a giveaway for free YBE swag (hint: listen to YBE Session #100)!
In this 42-minute episode, you'll learn:
- how knowing your exit velocity and launch angle can help your training
- the difference between 'attack angle' and 'launch angle'
- the ideal range for launch angle
- how to estimate launch angle when hitting in a batting cage
- what is 'bat plane'
- the definition of 'batted ball spin'
- two different types of 'offset' and how one of them should affect your training
- a training tip you can do with bricks and mobile bullpen mounds
- an easy way to help kids improve their exit velocities
- what exactly is 'bat speed'
- how weighted bat training can help improve both bat speed and barrel control
- Josh's thoughts on the PowerChute
- what does 'squaring the baseball up' mean
- a simple way to help train the right way to 'square the baseball up'
- Josh's thoughts on vision training
- what virtual work is and how it could help training hitters
- what the future of modern hitting instruction will focus on
Plus a bonus segment where you'll also learn:
- where the bat should make contact with the ball in terms of the swing plane
- whether the old saying of 'letting breaking balls' get deep is valid or not
Resources and links mentioned in this episode:
- Launch angle in the batting cage
- The Wass Strength Tip Of The Week on off-set squats
- SuperSpeed Slugger bat speed training system for youth. Used by Justin Stone
- Driveline's Axe Bat Speed Trainers. You can actually hit baseballs with these but twice as much as the SuperSpeed bat speed trainers
- Justin Stone's EliteBaseball.tv
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