Peter is the founder and director of player development at the Advanced Performance Academy. He has been training hitters since the company’s beginnings in 2010 and has been actively working with and consulting current MLB, MiLB, Collegiate and Youth baseball players since that time. Peter is currently Titleist Performance Institute Certified and holds a Level-1 expertise in the “Body Swing Connection” through TPI.
For those of you in the baseball landscape that are considering attending a TPI Seminar and Certification event, my recommendation couldn’t be stronger. One thing that I believe the game of golf has figured out is what I call, “professionalizing” the industry (is that even a word?)… I’ll explain.
In previous articles, we have discussed the importance of loading into and against the rear leg. From a loading efficiency perspective, loading through the rear hip and against the rear leg allows the body to produce the maximum amount of force and torque. While that is "ideal" we do see a lot of hitters struggle with the concept of "getting back" and what that means from a weight distribution and movement perspective. Media Courtesy of MLB.com/video.
Hitters embodying lower half kickback show a distinct connection and ability to create tension and torque through the lower body. Looking at the action of the kickback, we can begin to highlight movements that lead to an efficient firing sequence. Media courtesy of MLB.com/video.
A common area of focus for hitters at our academy is control over the lead elbow position. While it is important to understand that the arc of the barrel is controlled by the hands, the elbow positioning is what allows for flexibility through the swing. Image courtesy of MLB.com/video
One of the more important aspects in managing the lower half in the swing sequence is understanding how to work with and against the rear leg. This is a mechanic that is used on a frequent basis as we see loading patterns of elite hitters and strikers all embodying in some capacity. Media courtesy of MLB.com/video.
In this article, we take a look into the importance of the "Barrel-Hand Complex" or the relationship between the barrel of the bat and the hands in the loading process.