Mastering the basic mechanics of the swing is not easy. But once a hitter has conquered the basics, what does it take to get to the next level? Gordon Eakin answers that question in this DVD on advanced hitting.
Mental Side of HittingDiscover how pregame preparation and how getting into a good, positive mindset can improve your hitting. Likewise, Eakin discusses how you can prepare and plan for each at bat. Do you understand your strengths and weaknesses as a htiter? Do you know the pitcher's strengths and weaknesses? What is the game situation-outs, the count, etc.? A plan will help a hitter approach each at-bat focused and looking for specific pitches.
The Advanced SwingEakin discusses and demonstrates pre-swing mechanics and explains the swing from the ground up. This is important information for a hitter as they need to understand the swing in order to execute it well. Eakin also shows video of a few of his players hitting to provide a visual of what a fundamentally sound swing looks like.
DrillsLearn four drills you can use to get your swing in sync. The swing is comprised of movements of both the upper and lower body. These drills teach your hitters how to sync up the swing with the lower and upper body from the ground up for a consistent and powerful swing.
Vision and TimingIn order to hit the ball, a batter must be able to see it. Coach Eakin talks about the importance of getting into a good balanced position to see the ball well. He also explains four visual drills he uses with his team to sharpen focus and see the ball better. Timing is crucial to successful hitting. Pitchers are constantly trying to disrupt a hitter's timing. Eakin explains four methods he uses to work on timing.
Making AdjustmentsAt the advanced levels of hitting, batters must make adjustments from pitch to pitch to be successful hitters. Coach Eakin explains what he means by making adjustments, and gives some practical advice to hitters about how to make those adjustments. Eakin also explains a drill he uses with his hitters to work on adjustments.
Advanced hitting is more than mechanics. Once a hitter has mastered the basic swing mechanics, the information in this DVD will take them to the next level. Coach Eakin can help any hitter make the transition to becoming an advanced hitter.
52 minutes. 2013.
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This is a good solid tape that shares a way to mentally approach hitting. It is not loaded with drills but it does share a philosophy that allows a hitter to be an individual. Nothing earth shattering here but it does have some slow motion video and some good ideas far as the craftsmanship of hitting. I would have scored it higher if there were more mechanical details, further drills and suggestions for approaching live BP and visually seeing different types of pitches. Not displeased but few big insights.
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