Drill 8: Top Hand – Bottom Hand Drill

Wednesday, May. 1st 2013

This lesson shows how to use the top hand and bottom hand isolation drills to enforce correct swing mechanics.   Notice the several checkpoints during the video where you can check to see if the hitters alignment is correct.  Watch the video.

The Cheat Method – Setting Up For Tee Work

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

When doing tee work, you should be working all three pitch locations.  Here’s the “cheat method” for setting up proper body and tee location for working the inner third, middle third and outer third of the plate.  Watch how it’s done.

Drill 7: Double Tee Command Drill

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

This is the most realistic thing you can do with a tee to simulate real hitting.   This drill requires 2 people…the hitter and a partner.  Many hitters can hit well off the tee but then struggle at the plate.  A big reason for that is that off the tee, they know where the ball is and where it’s going to be before they swing.  When the pitch location varies, they may struggle.  Watch and learn how to implement the Double Tee Command Drill.

Drill 6: Double Tee Competition Drill

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

This drill is another fun and effective way to enforce proper swing mechanics.  Make sure to refer to the “cheat method” video to learn how to properly set up for this drill.    Kids love this one.  Watch the video.

Drill 5: Hold Your Finish Drill

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

This drill will work for any age player…including tee ball players.  This drill is another great opportunity for both player and coach to both learn and diagnose swing mechanics.  By holding the finish we can assess:

  • are you on balance
  • head in between feet
  • weight on the balls of your feet
  • good posture angle

Watch the video.

Drill 2: Side Toss and Front Toss Drills

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

This is a great drill for players ages 6 and up.   Side toss and front toss with the Insider Bat helps to give the hitter lots of reps without getting fatigued.  You can also target specific pitch locations working inner third, middle third and outer third of the plate.  Watch how it’s done.

Drill 1: Stop At Contact Drill

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

This is the first drill that we recommend when a hitter starts working with Insider Bat.   This drill will help the player to understand what it feels like to get in to a proper hitting position.  This also provides an excellent diagnostic opportunity for the player and/or coach.  Key checkpoints at contact are:

  1. Palm/up – palm/down
  2. Power L in back arm
  3. Top hand and shoulder
  4. Slight flex in front arm
  5. Back knee to ball (power L)
  6. Firm front side

Watch the video and see how it’s done.

Swing Flaw 1: Barring Out

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

Barring out is a big problem for hitters.   This is typically caused by two improper actions:

  1. They force their hands too far back when they load
  2. The hitter starts the swing with their front shoulder

When the front arm locks out, the hitter will have major problems at the plate.  Watch the video.

Swing Flaw 2: Casting

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

This swing flaw is arguably the most common…especially in younger hitters.  It’s called “casting”.  Casting is when the bat works away from the shoulder early.  This causes the hitter to have a longer, slower swing and to lose power.   It will also cause the hitter to have difficulty handling the inside pitch.  The Insider Bat is an excellent tool for fixing this common swing flaw.  Watch the video.

Swing Flaw 3: Cutting

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

A less common swing flaw is known as “cutting”.  This is when a hitter gets to the contact position properly but then let’s the wrists roll into a weak position.  The Insider Bat enforces proper “palm-up….palm-down” form at contact.   This is critical for being able to hit consistently with power.  Watch the video.

Swing Flaw 4: Dropping Hands

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

This video discusses a commonly debated topic about swing path.  A common swing flaw is a hitting dropping their hands.  This puts the bat in a poor position.  The result is along, flat swing…making it difficult to handle pitches….particularly in the middle to up in the strike zone.  Watch the video.

Swing Flaw 5: Scooping

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

A common swing flaw seen at the youth levels an all the way through the high school level is “scooping”.  The means that the hitter has a “lazy barrel” and they let their bat head drop early and it gets below the baseball.  The causes them to get under the ball and makes it difficult to drive the ball.  The results of this flaw is a lot of pop ups and roll overs.   The Insider Bat provides automatic feedback for fixing this swing flaw.  Watch the video.

Drill 3: Target Practice Hitting Drill

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

The Target Practice drill is an excellent and FUN way to develop properly swing mechanics and develop bat control.  This drill can be used with any pitch location depending on how you set the target up.  If you don’t have something to use as a target…you can use another tee.   Watch and see how it’s done.

Drill 4: Tee Drill – Prevent the (Upper Cut)

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

One of the most common swing problems, especially in younger hitters, is scooping or getting the bat head below the plane of the ball.  This results in the dreaded “upper cut”.  A great drill to prevent this that the Insider Bat is very effective for is the two-tee drill.

Swing Flaw 6: Wrist Rollover

Friday, Apr. 12th 2013

In this lesson you will learn about the proper grip for holding a baseball bat and the impact of an improper grip.  One of the major swing flaws that can result from a poor grip is the wrist rollover.  It is important to understand how the hands work in the baseball swing.  Watch to see.

Insider Bat – Unique Features

Thursday, Apr. 11th 2013

Watch Trent Mongero, head baseball coach for over 20 years and a former professional player, demonstrate the unique features of the Insider Bat and how those features promotes correct swing mechanics and can help to diagnose and prevent common swing problems.