How Using the Basketball Made Me Hit with MORE Power
by Robert Canary
I have several kids that are getting around good on the ball and their mechanics are looking really good. While they always make strong hits, they just are not ... well you know ... not really punching through it.
I thought of a concept of maybe hitting basket balls to get them into the habit of "expecting" to punch through a ball.
What do you think?
Swing Smarter Response:
I like the use of a basketball off the tee or soft toss to help a kid to get a good push through impact.
Here's the catch though...
We as coaches have to be careful with this and NOT get the kids to think push through with their hands (more likely top hand), but to put a charge into the basketball with the hips and core.
I think it'll really take some patience through frustration with some of your kids to really relax the muscles in their neck, shoulders, arms and hands when doing this.
How do we train the mid-section to initiate correctly?
Using the Bat Behind the Low Back Drill
, focus on turning the hips first using the core muscles, which then creates a torque felt on the inside of the back knee, which finally turns the back foot over (back heel stays down until this torque in the knee is felt).
In other words, big muscles and joints moving smaller muscles and joints.
Once they get this, then try this next drill...
Get them to stand in their stance, and have them rotate their hips the way we were doing in the Bat Behind the Low Back drill above, but only moving to where they're feeling the torque on the inside of their back knee (don't have them get into full hip thrust for this).
DO NOT have them do anything with their upper body, just keep it the same as in their stance.
It'll look like they're doing a salsa dance with their core and hips (like my Top 5 Celebrity crush Shakira) while keeping their upper body stationary.
This will get them feeling the delay in their hip turn versus their shoulder turn.
The object of all of this is...
To get them feeling the core and hips doing the work, while the arms and hands are along for the ride.
Let me know what you think Robert, and as always THANKS!