Online Baseball Lessons: Dead Simple Plan I Used To Help Aidan in Illinois…
…when I'm in California!!
Aidan B. (15 yo) signed up for online baseball lessons back in the middle of April 2014 when I opened The Feedback Lab. What is The Feedback Lab?
It's the #1 strategy to repeatable power. It’s clear focused step-by-step video feedback & accountability in less than 48-hours.
The 90-Day Sprint empowers parents and coaches to help young hitters achieve their full potential of consistent power through scientific movement principles, and sticky coaching strategies proven with empirical research.
This baseball lessons blog post will show the dead simple plan we used to build repeatable power into Aidan B.'s swing. We'll go over:
- Aidan's before and after swing (2-week difference),
- The “WHY” behind the change, and
- 2-steps to spinal extension & “getting shorter”.
Aidan's Before & After Swing (2-week difference)
This video is a snapshot of Aidan's swing from June 6-17th, 2014). The swing was captured during soft toss. In my notes,
- BEFORE – on June 6th, Aidan had an excessive side bend at the waist after contact, and had a back leg angle of 115 degrees after impact.
- AFTER – on June 17th, Aidan was extending up and over the catcher with his spine, and had a 105 degree bend in his back leg after contact.
Baseball lessons result? More repeatable power.
The “WHY” Behind the Change
The challenges Aidan B. from Illinois was having were faulty spine engine mechanics, and not getting on plane with the pitch…here's the baseball lessons breakdown:
- Spine Engine Mechanics (according to Dr. Serge Gracovetsky) – During the Final Turn, the spine NEEDS to freely spring up and back over the catcher (extend through the head). This is because we've already engaged two of three possible spine engine movements: 1) Side bending (down shoulder angle), and 2) Axial rotation (showing pitcher our numbers) before stride foot lands.
- Get on Pitch Plane – And in order to get on a level plane with a downward traveling pitch, we must “get shorter” with the back leg. The back foot placement has a role of swing stability as well.
To see the latter point in action, CLICK HERE for my YouTube video analysis of Barry Bonds.
2-Steps to Spinal Extension & “Getting Shorter”
- Back Foot Variance Drill – sets the back foot into a more stable position to get a good efficient stacked spinal lean.
- Lean Drill – using RNT (Reactive Neuromuscular Training) to “feed the mistake”.
If you're interested in baseball lessons online (or softball), then CLICK HERE to get more information about The Feedback Lab.