I Prefer Baseball Training Aids That Give Immediate Feedback!
I also like training aids where results are gained by quality repetitions using proper swing mechancs.
Dry swings (those practice swings done without swinging at a ball, sometimes in front of a mirror) are boring, but are valuable in creating muscle memory by ingraining an easily repeated swing. So why not improve and have some fun while taking these helpful dry swings that you should be doing anyway?
Consider where "batting strength" comes from:
- A boxer hits the heavy bag or the speed bag..from the legs-up.
- A football player is taught to drive straight through blocking sleds or tackling dummies.
- That strength seems rooted in the lower half of the body.
- Why? For one reason, it's where the largest muscles in the body are!
Isn't that a similar or the same reason why hitters use the body's core (the area from above the knee to the bottom of the lowest rib) to develop hard hitting mechanics and generate power?!
If you agree
Consider the Power Bag for your next best training aid. It is designed to add extra feet on fly balls and extra ball exit speed as balls leave the bat. The more exit speed, the quicker balls leave the infield.and maybe the outfield too.
When swung properly, the tough specially designed Power Bag will actually flex. The object is to keep driving the bag so that it spins in a 360-degree circle around its mounted post. This reachable goal is the positive feedback you may be looking for. It's amazing what a good workout any age player will get in just 5 minutes. After that, who wants to work harder is the remaining question.
The Power Bag accomplishes the same thing as when the old-timers used to swing at a tire hanging from a tree. The advantage here is that you can move the bag and immediately measure how hard you are driving it as you try to make it actually spin in a circle around its mounting post. Everything is included except a place for you to clamp it.such as a fence post or you can use a basketball pole.
Ted Williams compared successful power hitting mechanics to the "dying act" of chopping down a tree and you'll see immediate success when you properly use your lower body along with firing strong hands, wrists and arms at this tough, yet lightweight bag.
These easy to do swings will pay big dividends to players who will simply take regular, focused hacks. Just make the bag pay and find the power you may never have had. It's simple for those who "get it."
The concept is:
Drive through the ball at contact for harder hits and added distance!