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Category Archive: Barrel Plane

How To Maximize A Hitter’s Contribution To Run Scoring Process 

How Your Central Hitting “Operating System” May Be Causing You To Lose Out On Scoring More Runs Recently, I had a conversation with a coach on Facebook who thought the following quote from Josh Donaldson was “horrible advice”: “If you’re 10-years-old and your coach tells you to get on top of the ball…tell him NO.” I’m not getting into the…

Accelerate Barrel Rearward Like Mike Trout

Don’t Teach Rearward Barrel Acceleration Without Understanding Pitch Depth First   There are a few “gurus” out there promoting a rearward barrel acceleration, which I agree with.  However, in teaching young hitters the concept over the past few years, with no disregard for pitch depth, some of my most clean hitters – mechanically – were having challenges getting to the…

Joey Votto: Why Coaches SHOULD NOT Be Obsessed With Launch Angles

I’ve Lied To You for A Couple Years Now…Joey Votto On His 2018 Approach   The Josh Donaldson interview last year was awesome, but I think THIS interview with Joey Votto may be better.  It doesn’t have the same let-the-beast-out-of-cage feeling that Donaldson contributed, but I feel Votto gives us more of a glimpse into the true art of hitting.  What…

How To Optimize Directional Force Using The “Pounding Nail” Drill

How To Hit A Ball 400-Feet By Streamlining 8,000-Pounds Per Square Inch Of Force In ONE Direction  Most likely, Little Leaguers and 12-year-old young ladies won’t be driving the ball 400-feet anytime soon.  I know that. However, the point of this “Pounding the Nail” drill video post is how to train hitters to direct their swing force optimally.  In…

Stop “Hands Drop”

Get Rid Of A Hitter Dropping Their Hands At Stride Landing Once And For All Using RNT   Let me ask you a question: “Does your hitter (or hitters) swing and miss, foul back, or pop-up on pitches up in the zone abnormally often?” The video above may have the fix.  One of the pro hitters I work with was…

Sybervision Swings: How We Learn & Assimilate Skills And Behaviors From The Observation Of Others…

Watch Perfect Action Over And Over, Subconscious Mind and Muscle Memory Will Start To Incorporate The Actions… (Disclaimer: my swing isn’t perfect, so please be nice in the comments.  However, 95% of it embodies what the best do, and is a sufficient representation of what we talk about on this blog) I had heard of Sybervision back in the early…

The Sooner You Know ‘Swinging Down’ Is A Disaster The Better

How To Use Knowledge To Help Hitters Reach Their Full Potential This is bad| https://t.co/dDmbYt1OZt pic.twitter.com/BRld6yav7i — Sean T. Plouffe ➪ ⚾️ (@airplouffe86) October 2, 2017 (Before getting into this post, I have to pre-frame it with the fact that cuing a hitter to ‘swing down’, ‘keep barrel above hands’, and ‘get on top’ can be helpful for hitters whose…

How 175-LB 15yo Is Consistently Hitting The Ball 400-FT With…BBCOR & Wood

Discover The Back Foot Variance Drill Secret I wanted to share a couple things in this post… An updated video of the Back Foot Variance Drill, and A testimonial from one of my online lesson dads from Tennessee (I’m in California!).   Back Foot Variance Drill UPDATED Since putting this drill together a few years ago, I’ve improved on it…

How To “Stay On Ball Longer” & “See It Better” Like Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton: Closed Stance

STOP Pulling Off The Ball, Increase Batting Average, and Boost Power By Using The Closed Stance? I know, I know, Some well meaning coaches will think, “Well, a closed stance cuts off a hitter’s vision, and/or restricts hip movement”… I get it.  I used to believe the same thing a couple years ago, …But what I found in my research…

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