Although there are plenty of good baseball instruction videos floating around on the web, every now and then I come across a truly outstanding one. This video is one of the best ones I have seen for breaking down the swing.
Virginia Baseball Club owner, Mike Murray, along with minor leaguer, Chris Berset, show what can go wrong when your mechanics are not perfect. Then, they provide a drill for each swing flaw to get you swinging correctly.
Flaws at each stage of the swing can cause problems. Mike and Chris do an excellent job of breaking the swing down into five parts, showing the right and wrong way of swinging. The following segments are analyzed in depth:
- Stance and Setup
- Load and Stride to a Power Position
- Swing Path that's "Short To and Long Through"
- Weight Shift to a Firm Front Leg
- Extension and Finish - Hitting Through the Baseball
Although they use a batting tee for many of the drills, Mike says that it is very important to transition from the tee to a thrown ball so that the swing becomes second nature in a real game. Since many of the thrown ball drills require exact placement of pitches, a pitching machine is ideal for those drills..
Even if you aren't having a problem, this video still can be very beneficial. Honing each aspect of the baseball swing should improve your power and lead to more consistency. Although it's a pretty long video at just over 24 minutes, every minute of it is quality instruction!
Pitching Machine Stop Quote of the Day: "Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a lot of people in the United States who say isn't, and they ain't eating." - Dizzy Dean