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April 25, 2019  

97: Cage Work with Doug Latta and Craig Hyatt Ep. 4

April 25, 2019

Episode 4 video

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Summary:

 

In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I proceed forward in 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. This fourth episode covers topics related to drills to improve movement of the heel and foot kicks during the swinging process. Gain some guidance on how to create more consistent hitters that can self-correct their process.

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

  • Craig and Doug discuss a beneficial heel drill

  • How to create a backside drive into a front side brace

  • What is the “kick drill” for swinging

  • Any move that doesn’t allow your foot to release will jeopardize your line

  • How do you fix holes in your swing

  • What is a good process to hit a baseball

  • How many different body types do they see in high school

  • Hitting the ball hard is a myth

  • Get consistent in your hitting path

  • Learn how to self-correct your swing

  • Avoid cookie-cutter coaching advice

  • Move forward from mistakes

  • Getting upset and emotional makes a player unbalanced

 

3 Key Points:

  1. It is natural for the body to want to kick during a swing.

  2.  All we can do as a hitter is go on time, find a good balance point, and take a swing.

  3.  Vision and timing are a part of balance.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “If the front foot comes up underneath my hip, I carry athletically.” - Doug Latta (2:45)
  • “I’m going to keep the foot, knee, and hip together, even in a practice.” - Doug Latta (3:54)
  • “A lot of people say ‘keep that foot down’ Don’t you dare, that’s an anchor.’” - Doug Latta (8:12)
  • “You’ve got to be able to do damage on any pitch.” - Doug Latta (10:14)
  • “He just missed that pitch. Don’t throw it again because he won’t miss it twice.” - Doug Latta (11:40)
  • “Why do people quit playing baseball? Because they can’t hit. This game is no fun when you can’t hit.” - Doug Latta (14:13)
  • “Strength compliments a swing. It doesn’t define a swing.” - Doug Latta (16:50)
  • “The key is, the more they understand their body and feel it, they're going to be able to fix.” - Doug Latta (19:22)

 

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