Tulsa Hitting Lessons | Hitting Mechanics
Athletic Mission baseball Academy is slowly claiming the title of the best in Tulsa hitting lessons. They accomplish this with the use of a proven system and commitment to training. Today we will cover the topic of which our instructors use to teach hitting mechanics to all of our hitters.
One thing we pride our self as Tulsa hitting lessons experts is the attention to details. The main focus when they first come in is making sure they do not have any restrictions that would prevent them from being able to achieve the movements we are trying to capture. The stance is the base and where everything starts and there should be a lot of focus on the stance. We typically do not mess with anyone stance unless it prevents them from getting into a good hitting position. The focus for all Tulsa hitting lessons should be to let hitter be athletic and own their swing. It make no sense to have everyone look the same. If we were to make recommendations the biggest thing we would recommend is making sure they are into their legs and ensure that the hands and arms are in a good position. This bring us to the grip and how important the grip is. The bat needs to be setting between where the finger and the palm meets. That is the strongest grip of all and then we want to ensure that the grip is in the bottom three fingers and not much on the top two fingers. This make the barrel whip more efficient.
Once we have establish a good foundation and the hitter understand why the foundation is important we turn the focus to the load. You can fix a lot of issues in swing by improving the load. There is a misconception as to how we want to load and what is the most efficient way to load. The biggest thing with the load is what want to ensure that we are feeling the ground, that we are maintaining our knees on the inside of our ankles, and we want to take out slack. Traditionally, what is thought in most Tulsa hitting lessons is a rock back of which the knee goes on the outside of the ankle and the hands go straight back to the catcher. We teach more of our guys to coil, and the coil allows us to maintain our angles. The perception of the load is that the hands do go straight back but when you study it closely the hands actually goes back toward the dugout and around our back somewhat. During the load we want to also ensure that the torso is in an attacking posture.
Once we understand the load then we need to teach a forward movements and their is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to the forward movement as well. The movement forward is what we call loading forward, as you move your center of gravity back toward the pitcher you need to continue to be loading. The load is in the rear hip and the hip gets tighter and tighter before you get into your launch position. Your load can affect your positive move, if you load back rocking back and your knee going past your ankle, it is tougher to use the ground to get going back in the other direction. So, you can see the domino effect starting to happen if we don’t get the load correct. This power movement then turns into toe touch and this is the slight moment before we rotate into foot strike. this is the position of which we like certain things to be happening and is the moment of which we evaluate whether the stance and the load is working properly. We have to get into this position properly as we get ready to transition linear move into rotational move. We we observe when hitters come to use from other Tulsa hitting lessons is that they get stuck over the back foot which forces them to spin of the baseball.
The hands, scap and elbow will be our next focus as it works hard to resist rotation. As you reach toe touch and into heel plant, your body is now transitioning into rotation and when it transition into rotation, we need our hands, scap, and elbow going in the opposite direction to resist rotation. This is going to create the rubber band effect in your core region to stretch and launch into the turn. When you are rotating your lower half the torso will eventually get pulled and when it gets pulled you will start to get connected with you lower half and upper half. When that happens you are now multiplying the energy up the chain. When you multiply the energy up the chain, the swing becomes effortless, powerful, and quick. This can be measured with 3D motion analysis, which we do at Athletic Mission. The other facility that offer Tulsa hitting lesson very rarely even use video much less motion analysis. The 3D motion analysis measure kinematic sequence and tell us any deficiencies we have in the swing and what potential leaks we have in the system.
At this point we now need to let the hands release the barrel into the baseball. What we are seeing with hitters who have come from other Tulsa hitting lessons, because they are spinners they are too rotational therefore they never really get the barrel released. The barrel is the last part of the kinetic chain and the part that hits the baseball, if this doesn’t get released then the energy that you generated does not get outputted into the baseball therefore you never really hit the ball as hard as you probably can. The wrist and hands work as a hinge, the energy will be release and the wrist will stay stationary and act as a hinge as the barrel works around your hands and into the baseball. Once you have felt a proper barrel release, you will start to understand effortless power, you will start to understand direction.