Baseball Hitting Tips Video: #1 Long Ball Secret

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In This Baseball Hitting Tips Video,

…we’re going over howBaseball Hitting Tips: Barry Bonds Getting Shorter

  • To use the body – not the hands – to get “on-plane” with the pitch,
  • Barry Bonds makes hitting the long ball look easy, and
  • Most young hitters get the #1 long ball secret wrong (and how to correct it).

A few weeks ago I worked with a 12-U Little League team from Bakersfield California called the Sliders.  They recently came to Fresno for a tournament and DOMINATED.

One of the moms Sheri – her son is Alex in the above video – emailed me a testimonial:

“The boys won first place! Ben, Paul and Dylan hit their first home runs ever! They went undefeated for entire tourney! We’re going to round table pizza to treat all the boys!”

The three young men who hit their first home-runs had worked with me for the first time, a week before the tournament.  Now, this wasn’t all me, but wasn’t a coincidence either.  Before I worked with them, all three boys naturally had a little forward momentum working for them.  And, Sliders Coach Justin Karr has been working the baseball hitting tips system with his team for over a year now.

In the baseball hitting tips video, Barry Bonds gets on plane with the pitch very well by lowering his body.  He does this by creating an “L” with his back leg to and through contact.  Whereas the moment Alex’s front heel hits the ground, he ‘stands up’ causing ball flight to be low.  Alex would have to get “on-plane” with his hands, which is very inconsistent.

 

Snapping Towel (Lean) Drill Setup:

  • NEED: light exercise band with handles, AND decent sized carabiner,
  • Loop exercise band handles to carabiner, then to chain link fence, OR
  • Parent/Coach holds exercise band handles, and finally
  • Have hitter loop band under armpits.

In the baseball hitting tips video above, I mentioned breaking the swing apart into two steps:

  1. To the Fight Position (landing), and
  2. The Final Turn.

You’ll see Olympic Hammer Throwers lower their backside as well.  This enables the release of the hammer at an optimal forty-five degree angle.  CLICK HERE to watch a World Record holding Hammer Thrower lower his backside while rotating.

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I’m a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA), and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).I’m also a HUGE supporter of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

I’ve spent 11+ years in the corrective fitness industry, and have too many alphabet-soup certifications to bore you with.I also played four years of Division One baseball at Fresno State from 2000-2003.

It’s NOT how you study, but what you study that counts.I apply human movement principles (or rules), validated by science, to hitting a baseball and softball.
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7 Comments

  1. Sheri Hunter

    I showed Alex the video and article. He seemed to really absorb all you said in it. Thanks for all you do for all these kids. Keep up the great work.

  2. Jeff

    This is the funniest thing i have ever heard of. They hit home runs after seeing you one time. I was at the tournament, not to take anything away from the boys, because they did play very well. The fences were very short and the competition was Average. I hit with the young man you talked about, Ben. He has had a very fundamentally sound swing for some time now. I follow your website and think you do a good job instucting the boys. But please dont act like after one lesson you can turn a player into a homerun hitter.

    • Joey Myers

      Jeff, first off these results are not typical, and I’ll add that in the post. Some of my players “get it” quicker than others, and as you pointed out, this may happen if they already have a few science ingredients mixed into their swing recipe. All three boys mentioned in the article (Ben, Paul, and Dylan), all had forward momentum naturally working for them, before me. And to the naked eye, their swings did look sound, but under video analysis, all three bled force at impact because of very slow and long turns. We worked on getting them tighter in their Final Turns.

      Let’s be honest Jeff, you are taking away from the boys. You know how hard it is to hit, regardless of quality pitching and shorter fences. At Fresno State, sometimes we’d crush great pitching and sometimes we’d lose against terrible pitchers. Sometimes we’d hit zero home-runs at a field with a shorter porch. Sometimes we’d hit multiple dingers with deeper than average dimensions. I appreciate the gut-check Jeff and I do apologize for sounding like those other blowhards online. I’ll be more careful with my words next time.

  3. Jeff

    Joey, Im definitely not taking anything away from the boys. Like i said, they played really well. i just posted that after one lesson you dont become a homerun hitter. I have been lucky to have played for some of the best hitting coaches in the game today. And i know the amount of time it takes to become a succssful hitter. Im not here to put you down, i think the Science you bring to hitting is great. I just know it takes more than a team lesson for a individual to take it all in and apply what they have learned. Best of luck to your business, and the Sliders Black. They are coached very well and are a good group of young men.

    • Joey Myers

      Hey Jeff, I appreciate the comment. I’ve revised the article to reflect better wording. I agree, you cannot master hitting a ball with consistent power after one session, I’m sorry I came off that way. It depends on three things: 1) Skill specific human movement science, 2) Sticky coaching cues, and 3) Follow through (constant feedback). Coach Justin Karr has also been working the system I use religiously, at practice, over the past year. And their ongoing developmental success is a testament to how he’s steering the ship. Thanks again and no hard feelings.

  4. chris

    Jeff obviously wants everyone to know that he played for some of the best Hitting coaches on earth and that he is more knowledgeable than you. Anyone who reads tour stuff knows you are not a guy making quick fix promises. Unless you are Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Burroughs,Jeffrey leonard, etc. , no one cares what you know. You did take away from these kids. Wat did you play college ball or minor league ball. So wat.