Coaches, Hitters, and Parents
A REVOLUTION IN THE TRAINING OF HITTERS
Step by Step Swing Build
For the new coach, perhaps a little indecisive on which hitting skills to work on and in which order, Building the High Level Swing can be a valuable guide. BRS lays out a common-sense approach to creating a powerful and effective swing from the earliest ages and continuing through college level competition. The new coach can relax and follow this “cookbook” for developing successful hitters
To become a great hitter, the first task is to figure out what expert performers do that makes them so good. If you want exceptional results you must look at the exceptional for guidance. To write Building the High-Level Swing hundreds of slow-motion videos of college and professional hitters were analyzed in precise detail. The often intricate, interrelated, and varying movement patterns, seen in the High-Level swing, were broken down, frame by frame, to determine what, truly, is critical for maximizing performance (Universal), and what is a matter of style (Fit to Player).
Fit Techniques to Player
The swings of successful hitters vary substantially in many non-universal aspects. Each player has different strengths and weaknesses, physically and mentally. Some swing styles are more natural and a better “fit” for some hitters.
The real “art” of coaching hitters is to know when to let things be, when to experiment with a change, and when to insist on a change. A hitting strategy which works for one hitter can be ineffective for another. Intricate hitting techniques must be developed and be a good match for the abilities (strength, athleticism, speed, desire, aggressiveness, etc.) of the specific hitter.
A primary goal of Building the High-Level Swing is to adjust the multitude of these non-universal techniques to be a good Fit to Player. BRS examines contrasting hitting strategies and a wide range of swing options, and then recommends how to best fit these choices to the individual athlete to maximize success.
Organized, Detailed, Complete
Building the High Level Swing logically organizes the material, simplifies where possible, and presents information in a step-by-step manner best used for teaching. Even those with a limited fast pitch softball or baseball background can follow along as each fundamental is logically constructed.
Building the High Level Swing leaves “no Stone unturned” as pertains to hitting a baseball or softball for power and average. All commonly used techniques, as well as less common variations, are explored in detail. The player, coach, and parent will understand the options and strategies available.
Developing or changing a hitter’s habits can be challenging for both the hitter and coach. One point stands out, only players themselves can make things happen. The importance of seizing responsibility is part of the process which coaches can help players learn to act upon and appreciate. How to help the hitter achieve the mentality and maturity, to improve quickly, will be emphasized as the swing build progresses through increasingly challenging techniques.
An important objective of Building the High Level Swing is to bolster understanding, for coaches, players, and parents, by detailing why the best hitters in the world perform the fundamentals the way they do.
Building the High Level Swing involves teaching the player how various hitting fundamentals work together to create a chain of energy. When players strive to clearly understand how and why various swing options affect this energy chain, they can become their own hitting coach.
In addition, scientific concepts are applied to hitting help illuminate and support the fundamental and techniques contained in the High-Level Swing. These scientific concepts assist in guiding us to a better understanding of how the best hitters go about hitting a softball or baseball with both power and average.
Fixes to Common Problems
Building the High Level Swing contains information on both identifying and curing twenty-six common swing issues. Recommended tips, drills, and routines for swing fixes are covered in these sections.
Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball
At higher levels, the baseball and fast pitch softball swings are the same with a few minor exceptions. These few exceptions are identified and sport appropriate training methods detailed.
Different Strategies Compared
The Roman Empire had its share of issues to debate. Similarly, Building the High Level Swing will identify and accurately examine seventeen hitting strategies where the recommendations of various hitting experts disagree. Knowledge of how different coaches may approach teaching the complex skill of hitting is valuable to players, coaches, and parents.
Become Own Hitting Coach
The process of the young hitter becoming their own hitting coach takes years of seasoning and experimenting in increasingly more competitive environments. But becoming their own hitting coach is a worthy goal. As players mature they can be in control of which hitting advice they follow. They can predict and “filter” which advise will result in their own performance improving based on the type of hitter they are or want to be.
About The Volumes
In Volumes 1 and 2 the architectural plan follows the creation of the chain of energy from its beginning, as the hitter makes the first move out of their stance, then link by link all the way to the end of the kinetic chain as the hitter completes their swing upon follow-through. By deliberately and purposefully constructing each Foundation and Pillar contained in the chain of energy the hitter will progressively build bat speed. Upon completion of Volume 1 and 2 the hitter will swing with their personal maximum bat speed.
Volume 1 Hitting Position begins with First Steps, and then moves on to Stance, Gather, Stride, Separate, and Approach fundamentals and techniques. Volume 1 describes the initial movements involved in the chain of energy.
Volume 2 Turn and Torque continues the systematic swing build. The order of construction follows the chain of energy from the ground, to legs, to core, to shoulders, to arms and hands, and finally to the bat. Volume 2 concludes the maximum bat speed producing techniques begun in Volume 1.
In Volume 3 Increase Productivity the architectural plan identifies methods, with each method “building” on the prior, to increase the percentage of hard-hit balls and base hits. Volume 3 Increase Productivity begins with Timing. Then the hitter constructs Basics for Quality At Bats, Locations, Off Speed and Movement, and finally Mental, Strategic, and Situational approaches. The goal of Volume 3 is to bring the maximum bat speed generated in Volume 1 and 2 to the ball more productively.
All Three Volumes Together in One Book!
Individual Hitting Fundamentals
Construction” of the Hitter’s “Rome
Don’t kid yourself. As the player steps up in the level of competition each year, hitting becomes increasingly complex and difficult. These books are detailed and challenging because that is the way hitting is. It takes a great hitter to hit good pitching with power and high productivity. If you’re a golfer you are aware of the detailed mechanics, timing, and mental processes required being a scratch player. Becoming a High-Level hitter is just as involved. Fundamentals, timing, and mental and strategic approach must be developed through deliberate, deep, and purposeful training.
Have fun constructing by remembering, “Rome was not built in a day!” Mastering the majority of Foundations, Pillars, and Domes before High School is an obtainable goal for the aspiring young hitter.
Yes, there are smoother paths which promise easier results. But as most athletes come to understand, these promises are false. There are no secret methods, no shortcuts, no magic. The athlete must religiously follow sound training principles to attain high levels of performance.
In this series BRS will guide the hitter through each small step as they “climb the mountain” to becoming a great hitter. Just like academics, music, and the arts, every young baseball or fast pitch player can benefit from starting with the basics, then gradually adding refinement to their skills. Don’t look up too much! Instead enjoy the downward view of how far the hitter has progressed.
Remember, getting better at anything is a quest. Enjoy the process!
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