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MLB Power Hitter’s Swing Analysis – Simplified

mlb hitter with hip and shoulder separation

How Top MLB Power Hitters Create Power

A review of how the top MLB power hitters hit with more power is shown below:

Power Simplified

In simple terms, here’s what these hitters are doing with their body to hit with such great power:

  1. Moving body forwards towards pitcher
  2. Moving their hips forwards and turning them fast
  3. Connecting their back elbow to the front of their back hip

Step #1 – The Hands

The commentator in the video above talked about the elbows, but what’s really happening is with their body & hands.

mlb swing hand movement

The Stride

Power starts when the hitter steps or strides forwards towards the pitcher. It looks like the hitter is moving their hands backwards, but what’s really happening is they are holding their hands back, while their body is moving forwards. This action engages a really strong muscle, the “lats”.

Engaging the Lats

This action stretches, loads & engages one of the biggest strongest muscles in the back & body – the left “lat” or latissimus dorsi muscle.

left lat muscle

The lats are a large, very powerful “V-shaped” muscle, that when stretched will create a great deal of power to the baseball or softball swing.

lat stretch in hitting

Did You Know?

Many baseball & softball hitters, who don’t hit with power, never get their hands back or get their “lats” stretched, loaded or engaged in the swing. So they are losing power!

The Powercore 360 Hands Teach

Here’s how we teach hitters the FEEL for the left lat load.

A Simple Cue

Tell the hitter to move the body towards the pitcher while trying to keep their hands in the same place. (Some instructors will refer to this as “walking away from the hands”.)

Step #2 – Moving the Hips, Fast!

The forward step or stride moves the hips forwards toward the pitcher and then when the stride foot lands the hips turn (from the hitter’s right-to-left). This creates Hip & Shoulder Separation.

Hip & Shoulder Separation

When the hips move forwards fast, and the hands and shoulders stay back, this creates a rapid stretch in the abdominal and back muscles (core muscles).

mlb hitter with hip and shoulder separation

This stretch creates an automatic, immediate and explosive contraction of these muscles which creates what some authorities believe is 80% of the power for hitting and for pitching a baseball.

ab & core muscles stretch in baseball hitting

Watch this Hip & Shoulder Separation Explanation Video

Did You Know?

Many baseball & softball hitters, who don’t hit with power, don’t stride much in the swing. Some just sit back on their back leg and hip and just turn or spin. They still get some stretch in these core muscles, but not as much as when they work on the forward (linear) movement of the hips first. So they are losing some additional power in their swing!

The Powercore 360 Hip & Shoulder Separation Teach

Here’s some hip & shoulder separation training drills.

Step #3 – The Elbow & Hip Connection

The lower body and upper body (including the hands) can create great power for hitting a baseball or softball. Sometimes, however, hitter’s can lose power because they don’t know how to connect the upper body’s power to the lower body’s.

The key is to simply connect the back elbow to the front of the back hip as the hitter performs the swing movement.

baseball right hip & elbow connection

Further Information on Training This Connection

Read this article for how we trained a 13 year old hitter to connect the upper and lower body.

1 comment

  1. Ted Williams: “The Science of Hitting”. Same stuff w/less modern jargon. This is same stuff that has been around for years , as you well know. The important part is u r Power Core 360 device allows a knowledgble coach the opportunity to train the skill. M . Lane

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