Building the High Level Swing


Baseball and Fastpitch Softball


Train Hitting for Power and Productivity










Train Hitting for Power and Productivity

Two Book Series: Fundamentals and Drills




Train Hitting for Power and Productivity


Individual Hitting Fundamentals and Techniques

Enjoy the process as the hitter “constructs their own Rome!”

Building Rome Series guides the baseball and fastpitch softball hitter as they climb, step-by-step, up the heights of the Roman Coliseum. Each step up incrementally, but accumulatively, increases the hitter’s power and production.

Like academics, music, and the arts, every player can benefit from starting with basics and gradually adding refinement to their skills. Building the High Level Swing adheres to this training concept, constructing the batting swing from the ground up.

Building Rome Series provides a functional path, or “road map” to develop young and inexperienced baseball and fastpitch softball players into hitters prepared to succeed at the college level and above. Each step up brings the hitter closer to achieving a high level swing.


Train Hitting for Power and Productivity

Comprehensive and Detailed

The Ultimate Hitting Fundamentals, Techniques, and Strategy Guide is the most detailed, all-inclusive guide to hitting ever written. Hitting terms and the various hitting strategies used by accomplished hitters are precisely defined. No hitting topic is left uncovered, including today’s productivity optimization of ball exit speed, attack angles, and launch angles.

High Level Swing

To become a great hitter, the first task is to figure out what expert performers’ do that makes them so good. The single biggest problem with developing hitters trying to learn to hit is their lack of understanding of what they are trying to achieve. Building Rome Series has done this work for you. The Ultimate Hitting Fundamentals, Techniques, and Strategy Guide identifies and describes what the best hitters do. These movements, executed by all great hitters, are classified as Universal (absolute) fundamentals.

The High Level Swing Development Plan

In Part I Hitting Position and Part II Turn and Torque, 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 to the end of the kinetic chain as the hitter completes their swing upon follow-through. Upon completion of Part I and II, the hitter swings with their maximum bat speed.

Part III Increase Productivity identifies and describes methods to increase the percentage of hard-hit balls and base hits. Part III begins with a detailed discussion of Timing. Then the hitter constructs Basics for Quality At-Bats, Locations, Off Speed and Movement, and finally, Mental, Strategic, and Situational approaches. The goal is to bring the excellent bat speed to the ball more productively.

Fit to Player Techniques

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. A primary goal of The Ultimate Hitting Fundamentals, Techniques, and Strategy Guide is to adjust the multitude of these non-universal techniques to be an excellent Fit to Player. Building Rome Series 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.

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Individual Hitting Drills and Steps

The Ultimate Hitting Training Guide utilizes modern training methods, with 140 functional drills containing over 500 individual steps to develop the high level swing fundamentals and techniques described in The Ultimate Hitting Fundamentals, Techniques, and Strategy Guide. The training guide also incorporates:

  • Swing fixes for the most common hitting issues.
  • New persuasive scientific methods of learning relating to the development of motor skills.
  • How to deliberately practice to make the best use of the time available.
  • How to test whether habits are game-ready.
  • The mental processes used by great hitters during practice and games.
  • How to plan a hitting practice for any age group.
  • How to build strength, conditioning, and speed for baseball and fastpitch softball hitters.

Train Hitting for Power and Productivity


Step-by-Step Training Plan

Ever began coaching a team and wondered what to work on and in what order? Where to begin? How fast to progress? Considering the complexity of becoming a great hitter, these are tough questions. Building Rome Series solves these problems. Whether you are a coach, a player, or a parent looking to coach your son or daughter, The Ultimate Hitting Training Guide walks you systematically through the drills to create a swing built for power and productivity. The good news is that becoming a great hitter is not reserved for a preordained few. By following the training plan, dreams of being one of the best at hitting a baseball or softball really will become a reality!

Critical Training Elements

What is primarily essential is that the hitter is quick to contact, adjustable to various speeds and movement, and swinging with force. The critical training components are:

  • For the highest skill development rate, utilize specific drills that directly target the swing’s essential elements. The hitter should never wonder about any drill’s purpose – it is immediately apparent what function the exercise improves.
  • Emphasize and coach powerful and productive intentions. “The mind can achieve what the mind can conceive.”
  • Work within the hitter’s strengths while improving weaknesses that affect these strengths. Building Rome Series trains techniques optimizing the abilities of the unique hitter.

Functional Drills

All training exercises meet the following criteria:

  • No Irregular Movements.

Drills require a standard batting position and motion.

  • Balance Directly Learned vs. Self-Organizing/Constraint Training.

By setting the right tasks and encouraging play/exploration of different variables, the hitter can use their body’s inherent intelligence to hone in on the most productive swing. Great drills balance directly learned (internal focus) movements with these self-organizing training techniques.

  • Test for Game Readiness.

Players look great when doing drills, but then in games, they often fail to translate the new skills. To combat this prevailing tendency, drills include a final step to test the improved mechanics for automaticity.

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