Wow Steve!!!! I am glad that you have showed me the inperfections of these techniques.
I am sure that you have delivered many elite hitters to the NCAA, men and women, plus the MLB and PFP look forward to more these elite hitters that you have trained to or critiqued.
This is core fundamentals of hitting development that will take time to perfect. By no way this is overnight success with video.
Let me know who you work for as a challenge from me to you.
Nothing but ground balls with this swing. Proof is when the kid hit two ground balls on last two swings. And yet the hitting coach puts front tee lower then back tee as if instructing kid to drive ball into the ground. Do the math. Three outfielders in the largest part of the field. Six infielders in the smallest part of the field. Get the ball in the air girls.
If your a right side batter and your pulling the ball down and to your left as you pointed out, you have to ask why she is doing it in the first place. By your own admission you state "your either rolling your hands or your opening up too soon which Brooklyn does a lot". A simple indicator is she is not keeping her hands inside the ball. But why is that? If you start at her feet it would you show right away why she opens up her front side. She doesn't come to heel plant. Her feet are turning during the course of her swing, which cause a front leg to lock out dead straight, toe and knee pointing forward, forcing her hips back to open prematurely which of course works up toward the shoulder. in order for her to stay inside the ball she has to compensate casting her hands slightly therefore failing to stay inside the ball. Fix that link in the kinetic chain, and she will be more consistent to contact. Palm up/palm down, short to/long thru are 100%. correct. JMHO
Great drill. Too many girls just swing around there bodies and neck without focusing on the bat path through the zone. Did similar drills with my daughter. Went from worst hitter on team to #1 in a season. Big change.
Kraemer27 What is damaging?
Pretty easy to understand. He demonstrates solid technique, and has two very strong guiding principles. 1) Short to and 2) Long through
The drills then build that muscle memory on the swing. In fastpitch you must be quick to the ball with a solid swing plane and long through is the power element along with good technique. When she hits the ball to the left on the net, shes opened up too quickly. When she misses the 1st 2ball drill, its the same issue.
I myself Coach (and have for years) 14U Full Time Travel. My daughter plays on this year's team and finished last year with a .565 average.
It's these types of easy swing drills she can work on the drive good consistency.
It's just a drill to the contact point-in other words, emphasize the positions from Launch to Contact, but what I find really interesting is how she keeps moving forward and striding farther in front of the plate in order reach the ball and she tilts forward. As far as rotational....ehhh. It's just a term to describe. Why did she hit the other ball? Maybe she didn't, but the first ball did. Why did she miss the first second ball the first swing? Hard to tell, but maybe it was because she cast her hands and hot the outside of the bat and pulled it a little, or she hit just over the ball because she hit a good line drive. My other question is; why set the second tee lower and not at the same height or just slightly higher? If it is lower and you hit the ball in front, aren't you either hitting the top of the first ball creating a ground ball, or swinging down to create a ground ball?
This a good drill. I've used it from time to time when my hitters are tending to pull off the ball or pulling the middle or middle out pitch too much. You mentioned that your hitter opens her front side "A lot". I noticed from the video her front foot tends to rotate prior to heel plant which will cause her whole front side to open prematurely. Just my observation. thank you for the video.
I like the concept of this drill, but Shoulders closed until impact? And as typical, the idea of short to the ball is demonstrated as a direct line to the ball, then finish long through the ball. That would be too steep and cause an A to C-V swing. Also, as he sets up the last drill he puts the front tee a tad lower, which would have her swinging down. I believe I heard him say something about a flatter swing, which I can agree with to a certain extent. Especially in fastpitch. The first time she does this drill he claims she rotated too quickly...how can you tell without video? She swings too fast. I've tried stopping the video and it seems to me she either rolled her wrist too early or she swung up too much, but I am just guessing without video. Doing drills like this without video and teaching off of results just doesn't make sense to me, but what do I know?
This is good stuff and correct technique. The only thing I would like to add is a when doing drills where you stop at the attack point you run the risk of having your players do that in a live situation so you need to stress finishing the swing.