Balance Hitting uses biomechanics, the study of human movement to optimize the body for the most efficient baseball and softball swing possible. “Hitting is a fluid sequential motion involving two movements working in tandem” (DeRenne, 7). Balance Hitting uses four absolutes (DeRenne, 15) for one simple reason; the research makes sense.
Balance Hitting loves research and with any research the process to understanding the problem is the key element. Before we develop a plan for a player we work to understand the patterns of the player. By using high speed cameras, force reaction plates, bio-metric sensors, and interviewing questions, Balance Hitting is able to determine the player’s weaknesses and strengths.
We use wearable sensors to capture real-time data on the player. This data measures joint positions, angular velocities, pattern movements, and potential body energies. This evaluation process leads us to developing a progressive pattern plan. A player cannot expect an improvement in their technical skill level, the body’s work output, or speed of execution without understanding their physical liabilities.
Understanding how the body moves from a kinematic pattern, how muscular patterns can be improved upon, and what body movements are required to swing a bat at it maximum velocity is what drives Balance Hitting. The absolutes are:
- Dynamic Balance: A hitter establishes a sound foundation that has a dynamic center of gravity. Hitters that have a hand load and weight shift against a blocked front leg and rotate around his/her lead hip maintain his/her kinetic energy. At point of contact a hitter center of gravity is neither on his/her front leg and is centered.
- Kinetic Link: A hitter’s kinetic energy starts with ground force (feet), moves through the lead knee and hip, releases through the upper body counter rotation, explodes through the hands (bat connection), and finishes with a balance follow – through.
- Bat Lag: The bat is the last, explosive element in the kinetic energy link. The path of the bat begins over the shoulder, moves downward, and moves horizontal with the barrel just below the knob of the bat.
- Axis of Rotation: A hitter will rotate around the body axis which is vertical line that starts at the head, moves down through the body’s center of gravity, and intersect between the hitter’s feet. Hitters should maintain an upright body position throughout the swing. There will be no excess forward or backward body lean.