Our Hitting Philosophy
Teaching hitting should be presented in a logical, progressive, and straight-forward manner to the student. It should also make sense. There is little to gain from a haphazard, non-structured approach to the learning process. It’s a waste of time and money.
In sports, players rarely get a second chance to make a good first impression. Taking the time necessary to choose a hitting instructor and the philosophy you can live with, is very important to their continued advancement.”
Take the first step…
Our individual and group lessons typically last 30-90 minutes and always include full use of our Swing Analyzer motion analysis system . Parents are welcome to attend, watch, and learn with their daughter or son to make this a one-of-a-kind learning experience.
We offer no-risk swing evaluations to determine the player’s current mechanics. The evaluation typically lasts 30-90 minutes and encompasses the player’s swing analysis, mechanics review and history, as well as frame-by-frame on-screen synchronization with current MLB. The evaluation is a wonderful way to not only see one’s swing compared to MLB players, but also other BV hitters of the same age and ability level.
Awareness is the first step; let’s take it together. I urge you to contact us today to find the right program for your daughter or son.
“The System is the Solution”
Most of today’s “teaching” involves “emulation”: seeing a hitter we “like” and trying to copy his movements. Historically, this has been the norm, and while it has been an effective teaching tool for some, its major drawback is time—often years—constantly experimenting and refining until it either proves workable or not. But if it doesn’t work, it’s back to the drawing board again. Compounding the problem is the fact that very few players are able to take that “mental snapshot” and utilize it to their advantage. For the many that may be challenged in this area, they need to be physically put into these hitting positions by a competent hitting instructor and continually practiced until the correct muscle memory takes over. Our progressive hitting program can be effectively taught to players 7 years and up. We have had good success with even younger players; however, unless a younger player is fairly advanced, he can struggle at this age. Often, younger players do not have the control of the motor coordination needed to effectuate these athletic movements, nor, in most instances, do they have the “attention span” to be instructed. However, that being said, let me emphasize that every player is different. In most cases, the younger your daughter or son can get started, the better. Time-tested, proven learning program enables the hitter to learn these very same mechanics in a shorter period of time .
As this learning process relates to baseball players, they are generally unaware of their lack of competence as they progress to a higher level. Normally, this is because they have always had success up to this point, and usually believe they are merely in the midst of a “slump.” Pitchers progress when they display the ability to throw strikes to all four corners of the strike zone. Mechanical adjustments are part of the pitcher’s routine development. Those that make the correct adjustments keep moving up. Those that don’t become history. Hitters also must learn to make good adjustments. If pitchers are continually getting the hitter out on pitches on the inside-half of the plate, he’s got to make some adjustments. If he correctly anticipates pitches “in” up to two strikes, but if their mechanics won’t let him “clear their hips,” it won’t make much difference. In other words, part of the learning process is mechanical, as well as mental.
As the player gets better, and his new muscle memory “burns in” through continual repetition, he becomes less awkward—and more fluent in his movements. He becomes much more conscious of his new-found ability to perform these movements, which become consistently better as each day progresses. There is not a set timetable when the player is able to take it back on the field.
Finally, the player is ready! When he gets into the batter’s box, he is now totally unconscious of his competence. He doesn’t think about what he is doing. He is now able to react and make the on-the-fly, instinctive adjustments, that will keep him moving up the ladder. He has redefined his mechanics positively with hard work and an open mind.
How quickly a player breaks out of the Awkward Stage to the SKILL Stage is dependent on his relationship with the hitting instructor and the ability of the hitting instructor to articulate good information that the hitter can identify with, internalize and use. If the instructor can teach, is credible, has good information, is positive, and gains the respect of the hitter, it doesn’t take very long.