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April 18, 2019  

Cage Work with Doug Latta and Craig Hyatt Ep. 3

April 18, 2019

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Summary:

In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I continue the discussion with Craig Hyatt, the Hitting Coach at East Valley High School in Yakima Washington, and Doug Latta a hitting trainer from Bally Yard based in Northridge California. During this third installment of our talk, we get into the importance of developing a natural, clean hitting setup and establishing a fluid hitting range.

 

Show Notes:

  • Guests: Craig Hyatt, the Hitting Coach at East Valley High School in Yakima Washington, and Doug Latta a hitting trainer from Bally Yard based in Northridge California
  • “The Two Hand Under” move is explained by Craig Hyatt and Doug Latta
  • What has helped Craig become trained to see proper swings
  • Typically only hits and home runs are showcased, not the consistency level of a hitter
  • How do kids pick their hitting set-ups
  • What can we learn from the sound decibels of hits
  • What is the importance of having an effective range of contact
  • Which training drills are very beneficial for hitters
  • What is the movement called “moving into the staircase”
  • You have to have front side resistance to have back side
  • Every hitter has to operate on their own terms

 

3 Key Points:

  1.  Swing clean, free, and fast, but not necessarily harder.

  2.  Sound is loud and long at the point of contact during a hit.

  3.  A good miss is having a good position, with your energy driving towards the pitcher.

 

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “One major leaguer that I assembled some video for, who just ordered one season. I had 80-some videos of him, just in one season.” - Craig Hyatt (1:12)

  • “There is no ABC, 123, cookie-cutting way to make a hitter.” - Doug Latta (2:32)

  • “New hitters are going to grow. Even big leaguers change. But, there is not ’this is the perfect swing.’” - Doug Latta (2:48)

  • “People ask me all the time, with all the videos I’ve seen, ‘who is your favorite?’ I don’t know. My favorite is the player’s best swing.” - Craig Hyatt (2:59)

  • “I don’t fix swings. I fix setups.” - Craig Hyatt (3:48)

  • “If we get in a good set-up, it will create a good first move, that will get the balance, and everything takes care of itself after that.” - Craig Hyatt (5:00)

  • “My shoulders need to stay very level in my move in order for me to have balance. Because if my shoulders go downhill, I’m going to fall, I’m going to rush, and I’m going to come in and out of the zone.” - Doug Latta (13:30)

  • “It is not easy to spin, which is not a natural move for the body.” - Doug Latta (22:25)

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