This article is going to consist of questions from our readers. Over the past seven months, we have received a ton of questions regarding mechanics. This is the first Core Savvy Baseball™ Q and A session. I hand picked two entries from our readers about hitting mechanics that I believe to be popular questions that will help the masses. The CSB Team will only answer two questions per article to make sure we do not overload you with information.
What this drill will do is make your Son use his core to get his swing started, not his hands. This is an easy drill that I suggest be done 3-5 times a week. Some of the best hitters on the planet use the one-knee drill religiously. The reason the one-knee drill is so effective is because when we hit off the ground, we must use our core to generate power and bat speed because our legs are completely out of the equation.. Naturally your Son’s hands will stay back using this drill, because he can no longer drift forward with his legs, disconnecting and getting ahead of every pitch. This drill will make your Son turn from his backside (helps keep weight back), which is optimal. Your Son will also instantly feel his timing improve when he stands back up to hit.
Look at the picture below of Pujols. Take a look at his hands. They are clearly leading the elbows which will keep him inside and through the baseball. This is why his pop-ups go out of the park.
How do we fix bat drag?
We want our hands to rotate around the axis of our body as tight as possible to allow ourselves to eliminate as much drag as possible. The one-knee drill will help you find your natural, short hand path to contact point.
Remember when you practice the one-knee drill have the person feeding you be no more than 30ft away. This will ensure the velocity you are seeing is relative to game speed. It is ok for you to be late in this drill.
Once you pick up a 32 inch 29 ounce bat, you'll feel your bat speed increase. Your popups will turn into line drives into the gaps if you use this drill 3-5 times a week.
The most important thing the one-knee drill will do for you is keep your hand path short and through the baseball.
Let us know how it goes and send us any other questions you have.
That's it for the first CSB Q and A Session. Keep the questions coming!