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Baseball Batting Techniques: Simple Way To Use Forward Momentum That Works For Elite Hitters

Forward Momentum: Tinker & Test Baseball Batting Techniques In this baseball batting techniques post, we’ll talk about how elite MLB sluggers employ Forward Momentum (FoMo for short). I’m going to answer the following questions from my readers: Does a hitter transfer all their weight to the front leg at some point in the swing? Does FoMo stride need to be big…

Baseball Swing Load: If You Can Bend Sideways You Can Gain 4-MPH Bat Speed

Question: Does a Slight “Downhill” Shoulder Angle Before Landing Boost Baseball Swing Load & Bat Speed? In this baseball swing load “shoulder” angle experiment using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze what would happen to Bat & Hand Speed when we took 100 swings with a slight “Downhill” shoulder angle (about 8-10-degrees) versus…

How To Hit 120.5-mph Ball Exit Speeds Like Josh Donaldson

Amy Gill and Andrew Marden from KSEE24, a local sports news station here in Fresno, CA, put this video together of an HPL Batted Ball Distance Challenge held about a month ago. We worked primarily on testing “showing the numbers“, and the results were interesting… Twelve total hitters, ranging in ages from 8-17 years old.  Nine of them had been…

Proper Baseball Hitting Mechanics: “Hiding Hands” Zepp Experiment (featuring JD Martinez)

Boost “Top Out” Bat Speed By “Hiding The Hands”, Like JD Martinez…   Question: Does Hiding the Hands Increase Bat Speed versus NOT Hiding Them? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze if hiding the hands from the pitcher prior to stride landing boosts bat speed, over not hiding them.  Some may…

Baseball Batting Tips: Small Hitter’s Way To Power (featuring Wilin Rosario)

Wilin Rosario Baseball Batting Tips: Big Power Without Being, Ahem, BIG…   Question… How do you defeat a man who stands 9-feet, 9-inches tall?  What if this man had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing 125-pounds; on his legs he wears bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin is slung on his back.  His…

Baseball Swing Plane Experiment: Staying Low Like Stephen Vogt

Getting Under The Ball Like Stephen Vogt – A Baseball Swing Plane Experiment Stephen Vogt side note: CLICK HERE to watch video of him doing referee impersonations, he’s apparently known for, on Intentional Talk.  That’s Johnny Gomes in the background 😀 Question: Can the Back Leg Angle Affect Ball Flight During the Final Turn? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I…

Baseball Quotes: The Work Ethic Derek Jeter Is Talking About

5 Powerful Baseball Quotes From Top Hitters… I often post inspirational baseball quotes from top MLB hitters on my Facebook fan-page. So I wanted to share my top five player quotes and photos that get the most engagement on Facebook…ENJOY!   Derek Jeter I read D.J.’s unauthorized biography The Captain: The Journey Of Derek Jeter, and baseball quotes like this…

Baseball Online: Never Suffer From Bat Drag Again

Baseball Online: Ryan Bruan

Since it’s the end of 2014/beginning 2015, I wanted to do a baseball online re-cap article on my TOP-3 blog posts in 2014, based on my Google Analytic Metrics.  The top-3 were: Baseball Training Aids: Long Slow Swing Fix? (4,425 page views – 12 page views/day), Josh Donaldson: Stay CLOSED & Add Ball Exit Speed (4,250 page views – 11.5…

Sadaharu Oh: 5’10” 173-lbs, 868 Dingers Over 22-Years – How?

According to Baseball-Reference.com, the “Barry Bonds” of Japanese baseball, Sadaharu Oh: Is 5-foot, 173-pounds, and Hit 868 homers in 22 years (that’s almost 40/season!!)… How did he do this? Sadaharu Oh Analysis: Your Mission, if you Choose to Accept it… Watch the above hitting footage, and identify – what you think – are the two most critical things contributing to…

What Do Pyramids, Dancers & Mike Trout Teach Us About Hitting for Power?

Hint, hint…it has to do with balance!  This is a bonus to our Why Your Balance Fails series on balance.  I will be discussing: The balance of pyramids, The lateral movement of dancers, and Mike Trout Slow-motion perfect balance during the stride…   The Balance of Pyramids Pyramids have a capstone that is centered over the base. In baseball, good…

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