Joe Francisco, former player in the Atlanta Braves organization and Head Performance Specialist at Performance Factory, in Long Island NY, with Mike Rizzitello, catcher at Connetquot High School, Class of 2012. Joe and Mike demonstrate a little understood but important phase of the swing – the drive phase. This involves keeping the swing consistent and flat from contact through extension. For more information, go to www.PerformanceFactoryBaseball.com

www.myosource.com headontheball.com Many hitters have problems keeping their hard focus ” eye’s on the ball to the point of contact. The Head On The Ball training device will help your hitters develop that hard focus and become better hitters by seeing the ball clearly , keeping their head down and staying focused through contact. Head on the Ball should perhaps be better called ” Eyes on the Ball” because it gives an athlete an opportunity to develop hard focus. Hard focus cannot be maintained for long periods but it is critical for the athlete to hit the ball. Mike Kellogg can guide you in learning this hard focus ability with his innovative tool. Beth Bazin, OD FCOVD Vission Therapy, Sports Vision Training www.visiondevelop.com tips for hitting hitting a baseball tips on hitting youth hitting tips youth baseball tips softball tips fostball hitting tips baseball batting tips baseball hitting drills

www.pitchingmachinepro.com How can you take an aggressive / explosive swing every time at the plate? Jay Johnson shares the San Diego hitting drill progression designed to maximize consistency, strength and power in the swing. The first concept is the impact of seeing the baseball, as timing, pitch selection and the path of hands during the swing are all dictated by seeing the baseball. The zone drill, including three zones, is taught to hitters at the plate. Drills include the colored ball tracking drill and the slider drill. Explosive hitting is developed with three drills; backhand catch, torque drill with tee and the uphill tee drill. Balance and timing are added to the most important areas of hitting. Johnson demonstrates the bounce drill where the baseball is bounced off the ground before hitting. The hands are also important in hitting, and the short bat drill places emphasis on taking the batter’s hands directly to the pitch. Angle hitting and angle screen are two hitting drills that help create a compact swing, and the “Smoke the Cones” drill helps develop hits to center.

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