Turning a Mental Concept Into Swing Reality

You’ve likely seen Mike Trout blasting an inside pitch if it hangs anywhere near the plate.


How does Mike Trout do this?

… his hips go before his hands.

This sounds like a simple concept, but for young hitters it can be tough for them to feel the separation in their body. They may mentally understand the concept, but without feeling resistance it can be difficult to translate physically.

This crucial piece of hitting is especially important for an inside pitch, which can be impossible to hit when an athlete casts their bat.

So, I’ve developed this simple drill to help anyone learn and improve the feeling of hips before hands. I know this drill will help your athlete feel the necessary separation.

This hips before hands concept isn’t anything new…


…but it continues to be vital for pounding the inside pitch and getting rid of casting hands.

Keep Swinging,

Coach Powers

P.S. When hitting an inside pitch dead red, a hitter also needs to be able to recognize the ball. How is this learned? Find out here with my Recognition and Timing Programs.


About the Author Connor Powers

Connor Powers is a former Professional Baseball Player (Padres Organization 2010-2013) who has a passion for teaching others how reach their goals in the game of baseball. Since 2012 Coach Powers he has had his YouTube videos viewed over 3.3 Million times and has over 24,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His specialties are maximizing bat speed, improving batting average, and taking hitters from average to elite.

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