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  • Line Drive Pro Trainer - feedback?

    I’m relatively new to the forum, and wanted to see if anyone had feedback/inputs on the line drive pro trainer hitting aid. I did some searches in the “equipment” sticky but didn’t see where anyone had commented on it previously.


  • #2
    $50 for a little piece of plastic that holds a ball??? I don't understand the purpose of it.
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    • #3
      There are plastic clips for 3 dollars that can hold a tennis ball.https://www.jjdog.com/pub/media/cata...all-clip-p.jpg
      I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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      • #4
        My spidey sense is tingling.

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        • #5
          Saw a softball team using this the other night during our batting practice indoors. They had a BowNet set up and they were trying to fling the tennis balls into the sock portion of the net from about 30 feet away.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Colonel21 View Post
            Saw a softball team using this the other night during our batting practice indoors. They had a BowNet set up and they were trying to fling the tennis balls into the sock portion of the net from about 30 feet away.
            Are you sure you weren't just watching a lacrosse game?

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            • #7
              I don’t disagree that the pricing seems a little out of whack. I was more interested on thoughts regarding whether or not this approach could be helpful in teaching bat/barrel path ... i.e., whether or not the “feel” it reinforces is correct/helpful for younger hitters (12yrs old and below).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SBPop View Post
                I don’t disagree that the pricing seems a little out of whack. I was more interested on thoughts regarding whether or not this approach could be helpful in teaching bat/barrel path ... i.e., whether or not the “feel” it reinforces is correct/helpful for younger hitters (12yrs old and below).
                You can get the same "feel" using a $10 "chuck it" from a pet store or Amazon.

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                • #9
                  kids are pretty adept at finding all sorts of ways to get the "correct outcome" without mechanics that are actually useful to hitting a pitched ball. We just set a goal in the cage or on the field with BP -regardless of skill level, groundballs and flyballs 45+ degrees are outs. Can make it a competition. In the cage, you could rig some rope or something as a visual cue for the launch angle you're after. Otherwise just tell the kids to aim to hit you in the face.

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                  • #10
                    I think it's a hands inside the ball, anti-rollover/casting, "through" the ball thing. Target hitting (in this case slinging) is always a good notion. So if kids like it.....as the others say you can rig something. Different drills work for different folks. Not sure what the principles are in lacrosse but maybe the notions are similar.
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                    • #11
                      I think this device might help batters who cut their swing off. In other words, batters who are short-to and short-thru the ball, instead of short-to and long-thru.

                      There was a thread here a while back which suggested that one way to cure "short-thru" was to have batters swing and release the bat after it passes through the contact zone, with the goal being that the bat would be flung back toward the L-screen. I disagreed because it seemed that it couldn't be practiced enough times to alter muscle memory.

                      But I think this device could provide a practical way of getting a lot of reps at being "long-thru"--by flinging a tennis back up the center of the field instead of flinging a bat.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by skipper5 View Post
                        I think this device might help batters who cut their swing off. In other words, batters who are short-to and short-thru the ball, instead of short-to and long-thru.

                        There was a thread here a while back which suggested that one way to cure "short-thru" was to have batters swing and release the bat after it passes through the contact zone, with the goal being that the bat would be flung back toward the L-screen. I disagreed because it seemed that it couldn't be practiced enough times to alter muscle memory.

                        But I think this device could provide a practical way of getting a lot of reps at being "long-thru"--by flinging a tennis back up the center of the field instead of flinging a bat.
                        That bat flinging was a drill a really good coach told me to do. Just take a bunch of old bats out in the outfield and fling them. I think the idea was to promote aggressiveness and "looseness". Yeager has said the swing is a "throw"; TW said a "push" but these days there is less of "throw the barrel" or "throw the hands"- even to the point where these are thought to be "wrong". I always interpreted "short" as being a hands inside the ball swing. Being "short" killed several stones with one bird: a) if you got a crappy swing then short means less crappy b) pitching is tough to see and hit 3) solid is hard and/or far.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by songtitle View Post
                          $50 for a little piece of plastic that holds a ball??? I don't understand the purpose of it.
                          Fifty dollars? Hell, that's nothing to most baseball folks. Plus, it will fit in the darn stocking. And, you can take swings in the back yard and have the dog chase it. Good marketing.
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                          • #14
                            One of the things though, I've seen with hands inside the ball drills or devices, like that ball on a stick thing, is that kids get awful pushy. They are taught the upswing and the hands inside swing and they end up with some weird, contrived deal.

                            It's a spoonful of sugar, not the whole jar.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by omg View Post
                              One of the things though, I've seen with hands inside the ball drills or devices, like that ball on a stick thing, is that kids get awful pushy. They are taught the upswing and the hands inside swing and they end up with some weird, contrived deal.

                              It's a spoonful of sugar, not the whole jar.
                              I think this problem often occurs when coaches want to teach upward bat path but still teach the old school extend the knob kind of swing. I think that is a problem with some of the new coaches. The first generation of the Internet analysis community thought a lot about body positions, tilt, connection, turn the barrel...

                              now Many just focus on bat path and launch angle without worrying on how to get there. Result is often a swing that works only very far out front because you first extend the knob down and then pull up.

                              I think bat path and launch angle is helpful but you can take the self correction thing too far. There was a pretty heated argument about this on Twitter (I think between baseball rebellion and driveline) but I think there is a place for both. Sometimes just checking for launch angle and self correcting to get there can work but sometimes a mix from rudimentary traditional cues and result feedback isn't enough and you actually need to teach some movements.
                              I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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