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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…

Matt Kemp VIDEO: Unique Ted Williams Power Secret

Imagine if I asked you to take a ride in my 2-year-old son’s favorite sports car and ultimate luxury vehicle, the Lamborghini Aventador…cherry red. Costs about $400K, has 720 horse-power, and goes zero to sixty-mph in 2.8 seconds.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.  What if I also told you it had no brakes.  The manufacturer just “forgot” to install…

Adrian Beltre VIDEO: Can Driving the Ball Be This Simple?

This weekend I worked with a professional hitter Zack Esquerra, from the San Diego area, who was recently released after a couple years in the Diamondbacks organization on this very topic. In this post, We’ll go over how easy it can be to drive the ball by simply changing the position of the back leg during the Final Turn.  We’ll use Adrian Beltre’s…

Albert Pujols Video: A Big Misunderstanding

People always want to know how to hit the ball harder, with more consistency.  And it all starts with how the head moves during the swing.  Who better to look at for consistency than Albert Pujols, AKA “The Machine”… According to Baseball-Reference.com, a few key offensive stats based on his 162-game average are: On-Base + Slug% (OPS) – .991…league average…

Batting Practice Secrets To Fix Swinging Too Hard (VIDEO)

Batting practice and training seems to be met with a caveman’s mentality…Me see ball.  Me swing bat hard.  Me crush ball far.  I can always tell when a young hitter is swinging too hard by the following: Pulling the head, A clenched jaw, and/or NO balance upon the follow through. One great Big League example of caveman swinging is Yoenis Cespedes…

Alex Gordon VIDEO: Avoid This Stupid Mistake? [Experiment]

Alex Gordon: Top Out Bat Speed By Striding Closed? Question: Does Striding Front Leg Closed Increase OR Decrease Bat Speed? I was taught my whole playing career to stride front foot closed.  Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze whether striding with the front leg closed will have a positive or negative…

Pitching Instruction Secrets For Hitters VIDEO (Madison Bumgarner)

Pitching Instruction: 3 Simple Factors to Great Hitting (Madison Bumgarner Approved) I want to focus on Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, and how the pitching instruction he’s received may help hitters develop repeatable power.  Pitching instruction for hitters! I read somewhere that when Ted Williams was asked how a hitter could get more efficient with their swing.  He…

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