Turn 2's six phase hitting program focuses on the high level movement patterns that produce the most consistent, efficient and powerful swing at any level. Hit training works with the hitter's own personal style to systematically build a high level swing from the ground up. More importantly, the hitting program helps hitters develop the mindset and intangibles necessary to execute their cage swing in the game: learning how to slow the game down, having a great plan at the plate, competing with confidence one pitch at a time, and focusing only on the controllables (i.e., not batting average).
Phase 1 - Set Up & Separation
Phase 1 guides hitters through the proper set up and making a positive move in balance to the foot down (or launch position). Phase 1 also introduces hitters to hip/shoulder “separation” through a series of dry, tee and front toss drills.
Phase 2 - Body Control & Tempo
Hitters begin to develop their “tempo” and rhythm at the plate and the importance of stability and body control throughout the swing.
Phase 3 - Ground Force & Lower Body Drive
Every efficient swing starts from the ground and works up. Hitters learn to “control the ground” and utilize the lower body muscle chains to drive the swing. Sequencing drills continue to emphasize proper technique while added focus is placed on hip hinge and rear hip drive.
Phase 4 - Slotting & Bat Path
Hitters begin to understand how correct sequencing and lower body movements create proper slotting and a bat path that expands the hitting zone and creates the greatest margin of error for timing pitches. Drills and exercises train hitters how to "relax from the ribs up" and help hitters maintain connection between the hands and torso for a tighter, faster turn.
Phase 5 - Timing & Pitch Recognition
Phases 5 and 6, though listed at the end of the program, are integrated into sessions from the very start. Timing is the most difficult aspect of hitting to master. Hitters learn to match up the tempo of their swing to the pitcher’s wind-up and release. Hitters also work on identify pitches based on location, speed and spin and cover contact points for pitches across the entire strike zone.
Phase 6 - Approach & Mindset
Again, from the outset, hitters will learn to plan and anticipate based on tendencies, changing counts and game situations. Hitters also develop pre-game and pre-pitch routines that enable them to focus only on the controllables, deal with failure, and stay focused and relaxed under the pressure of competition.
Training Sessions - A Quick Look
Building or improving your swing starts with learning the “hows” and “whys” of the movement patterns that make up the load, launch and turn phases of the swing. Movement progressions done before even picking up a bat teach hitters how to move segments of the body independently to create lower body stability and stretch between the hips and shoulders. Stable and stretched, hitters then progress to the turn with a focus on balance and posture to keep the the swing on plane through the turn. Mastering these movements requires deliberate and “right” repetition until they become subconscious habit that translates to the game field.
Hitters then pick up a bat and move to the tee with continued focus on internal feel, balance, relaxation and rhythm without a moving ball. Hitters work through tee drill progressions that target correct movement and tempo patterns and allow hitters to make adjustments from rep to rep based on the quality of contact and ball flight. After tee work, hitters progress to front toss, pitching machine and BP work. With a moving ball, focus moves away from internal feel to external, intent driven goals: clearing the mind, timing, pitch recognition, and barreling good pitches.