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How to Teach Baseball Power Hitting Mechanics Using PC360 – A Road Map for Training

Step-by-Step Instructions  – How to Teach Baseball Power Hitting Mechanics

The thinking for how to best train power hitting mechanics is constantly changing, as witnessed by the vast amount of videos we have posted over the past few years on our various social media channels and our mobile app. Truth is we are constantly trying new techniques to speed and improve both the process and results from using PC360 training systems.

The purpose of this article is to provide PC360 customers with a current roadmap for how to use PC360 Advance Training System to teach baseball Power Hitting Mechanics.

PC360 Training Tool Options

PC360 customers have three options:

  1. Baseball Wall Chart FREE
  2. Powercore 360 Mobile App FREE
  3. Advanced Programs (Paid)

Baseball Wall Chart – The Basic Program

When you buy a PC360 Advanced Training System your order ships with a baseball wall chart (see illustration below). This chart has hitting on one side and pitching/throwing on the opposite side. The wall chart is designed to be a quick reference guide, providing an introductory simple road map and program to use for hitting.

PC360 Baseball Power Hitting Wall Chart

How to Use the Baseball Power Hitting Wall Chart

  1. Read & follow all instructions and precautions on top of the chart.

  1. Put the PC360 hip & torso harnesses on correctly (watch video below to learn how).
  2. Perform the drills in order (starting with #1 and progressing sequentially though #6).
    • Start with Drill #1 (Hip Assisted) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing to the #2 drill.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete generally how the body weight shifts from the back foot into their front foot as they swing, by performing the movement a few times slowly so they can FEEL and understand how this movement is performed correctly.

      • TIP – They don’t need to master the movements of the drill but they should be able to demonstrate their ability to perform the movements correctly at around a 70% level before progressing to the next drill.
    • Progress to Drill #2 (Hip Resisted – Linear) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete to perform the swinging motion and make their lower body shift forwards into the front leg so the back foot actually skips (moves) forward a few inches.

      • Note the head and upper body should NOT move forwards; just the legs, hips & pelvis move forwards.
      • TIP – teach the hitter to hold their finish position, for at least 3 seconds, on all training swings so they train their muscles to stabilize or balance their body.
    • Progress to Drill #3 (Hip Resisted – Rotational) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to turn the hips (pelvis) after the hips/pelvis have completed their forward movement towards the pitcher/ball.

      • TIP – for a youth hitter learning how to perform these movements for the first time working on these first 3 drills may be plenty for the first training session as this could easily consume 30+ minutes and may make for a great stopping point in your first session.
    • Progress to Drill #4 (Torso Resisted) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to turn the hips & back shoulder through the hitting zone while remaining balanced after hitting the ball.

      • TIP – if the hitter’s front shoulder (left shoulder) opens (turns) too early this is often referred to as “flying open” and it causes the body and bat to move away from the oncoming ball instead of staying through the ball. Instruct the hitter to swing hard and hold their finish position for 3 seconds and they will typically learn how to coordinate their body in just a few swings.
    • Progress to Drill #5 (Top Hand Path) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to move the hands back to hitter’s right to engage (stretch or load) the lat. muscle under the hitter’s left shoulder to increase the power of the swing. This motion also teaches the hitter to learn a good path of the hands to the inside half of the baseball as they move their arms and hands towards contacting the ball.

    • Progress to Drill #6 (Bottom Hand Extension) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to move the arms/hands back through the hitting zone (the zone or area where the bat barrel should make contact with the ball) WITHOUT pulling the arms/hands towards the left side of the field on every swing.

      • TIP – hitters’ need to be able to hit to opposite field (right field for a right handed hitter) with power and this drill can really help the hitter learn how to have power to any field based on what direction the bands are pulling the hands/arms.

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Powercore 360 Mobile App – Advanced Options & Information

A FREE Powercore 360 mobile app, downloadable on your iPhone or Android is provided to show and teach the suggested baseball hitting drills in video format. The app provides more advanced drills then what is provide on the basic wall chart.

How to Use the Baseball Power Hitting Mobile App

  • Search for “Powercore 360” in either the Apple App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play Store (for Android).
    • Download and install the app on your phone.
    • Create your username (your email address) and password to log into the main screen of the app (see main screen below).

  • Watch the instructional video inside the app to put the PC360 hip & torso harnesses or other PC360 equipment on correctly.
    • From the Main App Menu, click on “Product Information”.

  • Click on “How to Put System On”

  • Click on “Sports Training” to show menu choices and then click on “Baseball”.

  • Click on “Hitting”

  • Once the “Hitting” section opens you can choose to display “View Wall Chart”, “Side Hops”, “Foot Skips” or any of the 10 menu choices in the Baseball Hitting section.

  • Perform the drills in order (starting with #1 and progressing sequentially though #9).
    • Start with Drill #1 (Side Hops) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing to the #2 drill.
      • Drill Objective – train the muscles around the back (right) hip how to move the lower body sideways towards the pitcher/ball as the hitter swings.

        • Performing this drill is done to A) activate these hip muscles so they move the hitter’s lower body correctly without much thought (after they have completed the drill) and B) strengthen these muscles so the athlete can perform this movement with greater force and power to increase hitting power and bat speed.
      • TIP – They don’t need to master the movements of the drill but they should be able to demonstrate their ability to perform the movements correctly at around a 70% level before progressing to the next drill.
    • Start with Drill #2 (Foot Skip) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing to the #3 drill.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete perform the swinging motion and make their lower body shift forwards into the front leg so the back foot actually skips (moves) forward a few inches.

        • Note the objective is to jump sideways, NOT up and down, which is the same general motion in the power baseball swing.
      • TIP – teach the hitter to hold their finish position, for at least 3 seconds, on all training swings so they train their muscles to stabilize or balance their body.
    • Progress to Drill #3 (Hip Turn) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to turn the hips (pelvis) after the hips/pelvis have completed their forward movement towards the pitcher/ball.

      • TIP – for a youth hitter learning how to perform these movements for the first time working on these first 3 drills may be plenty for the first training session as this could easily consume 30+ minutes and may make for a great stopping point in your first session.
    • Progress to Drill #4 (Firm Front Leg) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to move the hips and pelvis forwards and then turn the hips (pelvis) into a firm or strong front leg (sometimes referred to as “front side” of the body).

  • If the front leg firms up (straightens without hyperextending), then the front leg will cause the pelvis to turn to hitter’s left (counter-clockwise) which increase the turning speed of the hips, spine & shoulders which will increase the speed of the bat barrel (bat speed) as the barrel hits the ball. If the bat speed is greater then the ball will be hit harder/further!
    • If a hitter has a weak or soft front side, (typically seen as a front knee that bends and allows the hips to continue to move towards the pitcher/ball too long), then the turning speed of the hips will slow dramatically which slows bat speed and hitting power/distance.
    • Progress to Drill #5 (Back Shoulder) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to turn the hips & back shoulder through the hitting zone while remaining balanced after hitting the ball.

      • TIP – if the hitter’s front shoulder (left shoulder) opens (turns) too early this is often referred to as “flying open” and it causes the body and bat to move away from the oncoming ball instead of staying through the ball. Instruct the hitter to swing hard and hold their finish position for 3 seconds and they will typically learn how to coordinate their body in just a few swings.
    • Progress to Drill #6 (Bottom Hand) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to move the hands back to hitter’s right to engage (stretch or load) the lat. muscle under the hitter’s left shoulder to increase the power of the swing. This motion also teaches the hitter to learn a good path of the hands to the inside half of the baseball as they move their arms and hands towards contacting the ball.

    • Progress to Drill #7 (Top Hand Extension) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – teach the athlete how to move the arms/hands back through the hitting zone (the zone or area where the bat barrel should make contact with the ball) WITHOUT pulling the arms/hands towards the left side of the field on every swing.

      • TIP – hitters’ need to be able to hit to opposite field (right field for a right handed hitter) with power and this drill can really help the hitter learn how to have power to any field based on what direction the bands are pulling the hands/arms.
    • Progress to Drill #8 (All-in-One) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – this advanced drill improves strength & power while performing hitting movements.

    • Progress to Drill #9 (Over Speed) and ensure that the hitter gains some competency or proficiency BEFORE progressing.
      • Drill Objective – this advanced drill improves speed while performing hitting movements.

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