Baseball Batting Drills For Youth: Make This Head Position Mistake And Dramatically Decrease Batted Ball Distance
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- Part 1 – How-To Hit The Ball Consistently Hard Like Hank Aaron
- Part 2 – [You Are Here] Head Position At Impact May Be Causing You To Lose Out On Repeatable Power [The Neck Brace Drill]
- Part 3 – #1 Biggest Lie In Hitting
In this baseball batting drills for youth video post, I’ll be walking you through the Neck Brace Drill. We’ll be going over:
- The One-Joint Rule
- Head movement that is okay
- Jace Case Study: BEFORE & AFTER of Neck Brace Drill
The One-Joint Rule
Dr. Kelly Starrett from MobilityWOD.com, gives a perfect explanation of this in the following video (watch at about the 4:00 minute mark):
Head Movement that is Okay
What’s better, and thanks to Dr. Kelly Starrett’s explanation above, we can look at what head movement IS NOT okay through impact:
- Chin to chest,
- Head back (like looking at the sky), and
- Ear into rear shoulder (for a righty, right ear to right shoulder).
Major League example of #1 is Andrew McCutchen (image to the right). Major League examples of #2 are Bryce Harper and Derek Jeter.
The only head movement that is okay through impact is a slight head turn. Generally speaking, the head position we want to model is during the follow through.
I was able to experiment with the baseball batting drills for youth Neck Brace Drill with Jace, who’s one of my 10-year-old hitters that is 66-pounds.
Tiny compared to his peers.
However, over the last 6 months of hitting with me, and off a traditional batting tee, he now consistently registers 50-54-mph Ball Exit Speed with a non-wood bat.
In other words, Jace has the ability to hit the ball well over 200-feet, depending on the launch angle of the ball.
Now, we’ve been wrestling with his ‘bobblehead’ position for quite some time, and a big THANK YOU for the tip goes out to Coach Todd Bradley, head softball coach at Campbell University, the difference in one 45-minute session using the Neck Brace Drill can be seen in the image to the right.
Just about the same soft tossed pitch height.
Jace is still not perfect yet, but we’re getting there.
I know the baseball batting drills for youth we talked about in this post, will help your hitters and their head positioning up to, at, and passed impact.
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.