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April 18, 2019  

96: Cage Work with Doug Latta and Craig Hyatt Ep. 3

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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)

Resources Mentioned:

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April 11, 2019  

95: Cage Work with Doug Latta and Craig Hyatt Ep. 2

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Summary:

In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I join in on the discussion with Craig Hyatt, the Hitting Coach at East Valley High School in Yakima Washington, and Doug Latta a hitting trainer from BallYard based in Northridge California. We break down the impact of balance in leveraging the power and abilities of the human body, and how to break bad habits that are hurting hitters.

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

  • How do they define balance and why do we need it

  • What is the biggest grind move

  • Describe what people mean by “get into the ground”

  • How can coaches get their players moving more effectively

  • Why can tennis drills improve hitting

  • How can hockey slap shot drills benefit baseball hitting

  • Backspin is built in when you hit through a spin

  • How does tennis showcase how players create power

  • Homes runs come from being smooth and productive with your body

  • You have got to have consistency

  • What is a the hitting strategy called “shut piece”

  • How prevalent is the analysis of  high school player stats and data

  • You have to hit through each pitch

  • What does it mean to have a soft entry into the zone

  • Don’t hit your pitches with your front arm

  • Video and data can show a hitter what their body is doing

3 Key Points:

  1. The body works better from a position of balance.

  2. Tennis drills offer players the chance to feel proper body movement when hitting.

  3. One hit every two weeks, at the big league level, is 20 points towards your average

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I have a very strong bias for balance. I think it is elemental to the way bodies move.” - Craig Hyatt (01:35)

  • “I really think tennis and actually throwing are the best ways that really exemplify how our bodies should move when we hit.” - Doug Latta (13:18)

  • “We really hit balls in a line and in a rectangle.” - Doug Latta (17:38)

  • “The thing with tennis, all the bodies are different. So there is variation of how guys create power, but they also need to be consistent, they need to hit the ball in a certain direction.” - Craig Hyatt (21:08)

  • “‘I worked really hard to hit that home run.’ No, you hit that homerun because you were clean and efficient with your body.” - Craig Hyatt (22:37)

  • “Most young hitters and a lot of professional hitters have big shoulder moves. And if we don’t get those out of them, they aren’t going any farther.” - Doug Latta (24:36)

  • “Once we get down to balance, the one key I want and give people is, you have to hit through every pitch you see.” - Doug Latta (30:33)

  • “Train young hitters so that they have the same basic moves that they’re going to have up the latter, and their adjustments become internal.” - Doug Latta (31:40)

Resources Mentioned:

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