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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…

Baseball Hitting Instruction To Stop Rear Racing Elbow Bat Drag

Okay, I’ll admit it… The one hitting fault that is a bugger to fix is, Rear Racing Elbow. Unfortunately: I find that a baseball hitting instruction fix for one player with this challenge, may not work for another. Fortunately: I do see symptoms that tend to haunt specific Rear Racing Elbow bat drag hitters. Unfortunately: I also find that the same combination of…

Baseball Swing Mechanics Experiment: Squash The Bug Ineffective?

Question: Do “Squish the Bug” Baseball Swing Mechanics Depress Bat Speed? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze if the baseball swing mechanics “squishing/squashing the bug”, during the turn, increases or decreases bat speed.  The term “squishing the bug” means rotating the back foot, on the ground, during the turn.  Like you’re…

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…

Mental Approach To Hitting: “Failing Forward”

“Failing Forward” Like Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson, & Michael Jordan This was a “rough draft” inspirational speech I did for my local Toastmasters group about “Failing Forward”… Sorry audio isn’t as good as my other videos. I wrote it for my parents, coaches, and hitters who are struggling through the hitting process. CLICK HERE for my speech cliff notes. Big thanks…

Batting Timing Drills: 2 Little Known Ways To Get “On-Time”

The Sooner You Know These Batting Timing Drills The Better Take a guess at one of the biggest hitting frustrations is, according to my readers? Timing! Probably not a shocker because your hitters probably struggle with this as well.  Mine do! I always tell my hitters, the most efficient mechanics in the world don’t mean a thing, if a hitter’s…

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