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10
2018

Lessons from Golf: Introducing Bat Fitting

In line with Driveline’s constant thirst for knowledge and curiosity, its hitting staff was recently in attendance for the Titleist Performance Institute’s first-ever OnBaseU certification program: a program dedicated to studying how baseball and softball athletes move and how to assess players’ mov...

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2018

An Introduction to K-Vest

K-Vest by K-Motion was originally intended for golf instructors since it provides a quick look at a player’s biomechanics and real-time measurements. These are then used to provide a mobile, and effective, biofeedback training tool. As K-Motion became successful in the golf world, it became clear th...

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12
2018

2018 Summer Hitting Review

As a facility predicated on data-driven player development from the beginning, we’ve been fortunate enough to collect data on a wide-variety of athletes ranging in age, skill-level, and programming type. Rather than silo this data internally, we annually publish the results for the majority our summ...

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17
2018

Comparing Coaching Philosophies

Our methods for teaching hitting and pitching differ from most. While there are many different styles of coaching, even those who have seen or worked with such variety find that our methods stand out in a number of ways. We’ve previously discussed various reasons for why we use weighted balls and wr...

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23
2018

Questions from Hitting Coaches

I get a lot of messages from players and coaches asking various questions, so I figured I’d answer some of the more frequent ones in the form of a short blog. Thanks for reading!  -Jason Ochart I want to start implementing Bat Speed Training/overload and underload training. Where should I star...

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29
2018

Using Swing Plane to Coach Hitters: a Deeper Look

Swing plane is a commonly used, and certainly not a new, idea. Ted Williams famously discusses it in his book The Science of Hitting in 1971 and includes this awesome graphic. Swing plane is incredibly important, but the swing plane problem is much more complex than how it’s being discussed.  ...

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08
2018

Assessments, Data, and Individualization

Individualization is seen as a must have with training programs. While this is good, it doesn’t come without some misunderstandings. We’ve touched on some of those issues before, but it sometimes seems like people get confused by what individualization means in relation to sports. At times, individu...

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26
2017

Rethinking the Way a Hitter’s Brain Works: An EEG Case Study

Subtitle: Efficient Brain Activity with Practice and Enhanced Perception-Action Coupling What’s Going on in a Hitter’s Brain? When it comes to the brain and hitting, we don’t really know much about what’s actually going on. If we’re able to understand the way a hitters brain works in a live situatio...

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14
2017

Rethinking Batting Practice with Release Points

  We wanted to test out some ideas with our pitching machine and pitcher release points. So be prepared for some cool gifs. First, we wanted to see how setting up the machine directly in line with the plate would look from both the right- and left-handed batters box. In the gifs below, the pitc...

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14
2017

Coaching Hitting Mechanics Part 2: Application

In part one of this blog, we talked about the difference between internal and external cues when coaching hitters: Internal cue: having the athlete think about the movement of their body. External cue: having the athlete think about the effect of their movement. In summary, internal cues can have a...