The Biggest Difference You’ll Find At The Battery® Hitting Lessons
Our understanding of motor learning.
Most coaches use an archaic approach to hitting lessons that full of verbal cues and cognitive thought. But, in hitting lessons, there isn’t time for any cognitive cues to be able to impact the movement.
Yogi had it right, “You can’t think and hit at the same time.” But in the most hitting lessons I observe, I see this classic coaching pattern. We tell you how to do something. We watch you do it. And then we tell you how to do it better. It doesn’t work. Trying to enter a motor learning domain via a cognitive input is a futile endeavor because most players/people don’t learn in this manner. In fact the verbal cues, the conscious thought gets in the way and it diminishes the quality of hitting lessons.
We know through emerging data analytics that if you hit a ball with an exit velocity of 95 mph + at a launch angle of 15-32 degrees, you get a double or a home run nearly every time. So… that seems like a pretty good goal. Most coaches trying to achieve that goal by working on the athlete’s swing — by having him focus internally on the tilt of his spine, the angle of his lead arm, etc.
The problem is that this goes against the natural flow of motor learning. People learn movement skills through self-organization based on the goal of the activity…so that’s how hitting lessons should be designed. This is why we took a different approach — one grounded in our knowledge of motor learning science. We built what is effectively a giant feedback center, where hitting lessons take place and where the magic happens!
We covered a 100′ x 100′ diamond (the size of an infield with 15’of outfield grass) with 40′ high net walls and a net roof. We then placed a wall of 10′ high screens about 25′ from home plate. We did the math so we know that when our athletes hit a ball above those screens they have achieved a launch angle of 15 degrees. If it stays below the roof, it’s under 36 degrees.
It’s Instantaneous Biofeedback!!
During hitting lessons, we offer very sparse verbal instruction. Instead, we let the athlete organize his swing to accomplish the goal of hitting the ball into the space between the screens and the net roof. But that’s not all!
To make it even more interesting, we designed 2 custom made wind screen and hung them on the back wall in LCF and RCF respectively. The center piece of the windscreen is a big red bull jumping out of the screen directly at the hitter. When our athletes hit the bull (and of course, document it on video) they win a free steak. So, instead of forcing cognitively induced motor patterns, our athletes develop their swings naturally as they compete to win some groceries!
Increase Hitting Power
Not only will we improve your launch angle, but we’ll increase hitting power to help you hit more homeruns too! With our physical therapy and baseball backgrounds, we understand exactly which muscles, tendons and ligaments need to be strengthened, worked and stretched to help you increase hitting power and be the ultimate package as a hitter. We’ll design specific workouts and hitting lessons just for you to help you increase hitting power and be the best hitter you can be. Interested? Click here to learn more about our one of our hitting evals, which have to be scheduled before attending our hitting lessons or training.