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The Right-Handed Push Bunt

If you tune into the College World Series next June, chances are you’ll witness a number of scrappy ballplayers who can handle the lumber and are willing to embrace “small ball.” These spark plugs...

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The Left-Handed Drag Bunt to the Right Side

In the generations past players like Lee Mazzili, Nellie Fox, Vada Pinson, Rod Carew, and even Major League Baseball’s career hits leader, Pete Rose, made significant contributions to their...

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Practice a Balanced Turn on the Tee

We’ve all witnessed a long, impressive foul ball, and although it may draw some “oohs and aahs” from the crowd, in the end - it’s nothing more than a loud strike. The more impressive feat is...

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Staged Tee Work for Stride Development

Yesterday in the “Staged Soft Toss for Stride Development” drill we discussed how the stride and swing are two separate parts of the hitting process. This is an important thing to consider because...

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Staged Soft Toss for Stride Development

It’s important for a hitter to remember that the stride and swing are two completely separate actions. These different aspects of the swing should be broken down accordingly. An effective drill to...

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Denton Family Spreads the MaxBP Love in Peoria, AZ

Sometimes Nate Denton has to pinch himself. Not only because he lives a blessed life with his wife Erin and their three children - Brandon (14), Brooke (11) and Patrick (8) - but also because of...

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Got Rice? Perfect for Grip Strength, Power in Forearms

Not all training drills include the traditional ball, bat and glove. In fact, some of the most productive exercises can be performed without any baseball equipment at all. It just takes some...

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall - Synchronizing the Hips

As we discussed in the Mirror, Mirror “Comfortable Hands” and “Find a Natural Stride” drills, an imperative component of the hitter’s approach is that they are comfortable. This is true for every...

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall - Finding Your Stride

The stride is an instrumental part of the swing and comes in a variety of sizes and vertices. It triggers movement in the lower body and is an essential fundamental for timing and balance.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall - Comfortable Hands

An essential part of a hitter’s success at the plate is gaining comfort in the batter’s box. There is no short cut here, just hours upon hours of hard work, dedication and fine tuning. The more...

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Never Fear the Suicide Squeeze

It’s the most exciting play in all of baseball. No, not the home run. The suicide squeeze!

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Pepper Games? You Bet!

The game of pepper is an exercise that features one player hitting brisk ground balls to a group of fielders who are standing approximately 15-20 feet away. When the ball is fielded by a...

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Whip Those Hips into Shape with Inside Soft Toss

In order for a ballplayer to hit for power they must be able to handle the inside pitch. Getting jammed all the time and hitting weak pop-ups and ground balls isn’t conducive for someone hitting...

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Hitting the “Opposite Hand” Curveball

There is a reason why managers in the Major Leagues make so many pitching changes in the late innings. Most of the time the substitution has been made to gain a match-up advantage. The statistics...

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Hitting the “Same Hand” Curveball

For many young athletes hitting a curveball is a struggle. A hitter may have the ability to crush a straight pitch, no matter the speed, but the breaking stuff gives them fits. If this is the...

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The Lost Art of the Bunt Base Hit

One great thing about baseball is that the small details often decide the victor. Hitting the cutoff man, moving a runner over to third base with less than two outs and laying down a bunt are all...

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Situational Hitting with MaxBP - Advance the Runner to Third Base

It may not seem like much, a simple ground ball to second base. An 0-for-1 in the box score. But, many times that routine play leads to a run scored, and you know what they say about runs - they...

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Pitch Recognition with MaxBP

The best hitters have the ability to recognize different pitches and deposit that pitch to their desired location. It all starts with having an idea at the plate and being disciplined enough to...

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Soft Toss to Develop Opposite Field Hitting

Baseball is a game of precision and timing. Particularly for the person “under the microscope” - the hitter. One wasted movement, one split second, and the opportunity is lost. The best hitters...

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Protect Your Head, You're Going to Need It

Injuries are bound to happen in sports, baseball and softball included. Whether it be a minor injury like a cut, bruise, sprain or strain - or something more serious like a concussion, contusion...

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Use Colored Balls for Vision Training

When practicing for a sport it is always important to apply a physical, mental and visual training regimen. One particular drill that covers all three bases is hitting with multi-color balls or as...

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Back Foot Used for Swing Accuracy, Weight Distribution

When discussing the role the lower body has in the baseball swing, the front leg often gets the majority of the focus. Most hitters initiate the swing with a stride - which is essential for a...

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Hammer Time Drill

There may not be a more rewarding feeling in all of sports, than hitting a ball on the sweet spot. That moment where the barrel of the bat connects squarely with the ball is so pristine - that you...

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Situational Hitting with MaxBP - Sacrifice Fly

Situational hitting is a key component for any successful hitter. Whether it be advancing a runner with a sacrifice bunt or moving a runner over on a ground ball to the right side, knowing the...

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Precision Bunting Through Small Ball Training

The ability to lay down a bunt is crucial for all hitters. Although the ability to “sacrifice” yourself for the good of the team may not earn an athlete a twitter following, it is an important...

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Top Hand Batting Drill for "Dead Pull Hitters"

If a ballplayer is notorious for being a “dead-pull hitter” and is aiming to start using the entire field, this top hand batting drill is a great one. The objective of this exercise is to train...

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Vision Training off the Tee

Anyone who engages in an activity that requires a blunt instrument applying direct mechanical force to an object (cavemen included) suffers from the same temptation - you can't wait to see what...

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Batting Stances - Not All Are Created Equal

One of the great things about baseball is the "batting stance." For generations aspiring athletes, myself included, have stood in front of a mirror and tried to replicate the stances of their...

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Stayin' Alive! The Art of Fouling Off Pitches - with Brandon Belt

It was one of those beautiful moments in baseball - when all you could do was laugh. The announcers, the capacity crowd and both dugouts. Next the players on the field covered their smiling faces...

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10 Reasons Why Ballplayers Fail to Get Their Reps in on a Daily Basis

1. Tight on space

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