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FROM THE GROUND UP TRAINING SYSTEM

StrideRightMats provides a training system that will help you FIND,  ADJUST,  and GROOVE your Power Stance and Power Stride.  Please follow our guide for BEST USE and MAXIMUM RESULTS. 

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1. How do I - StrideRightMats?
2. Are you a "Beginning Hitter" or "Advanced Hitter?"
3. How to find your PLATE POSITIONING, POWER STANCE, and POWER STRIDE - "Beginning Hitter"
4. How to find & Adjust your POWER POSITIONING - "Advanced Hitter"
5. How to find & Adjust your POWER STANCE - "Advanced Hitter"
6. How to find & Adjust your POWER STRIDE - "Advanced Hitter"
7. How to Groove your Swing - "Beginning & Advanced Hitter"

ADJUST

FIND

GROOVE

1. How do I - StrideRightMats?

 

The patented labeled grid inside the batters box provides us a map.  This map gives us instant visual feedback and a "nothing lost in translation" training tool.  

There are 3 major components of hitting from the ground up:  Your PLATE POSITIONING, STANCE, and STRIDE.

These 3 things influence:

  • Reaction Time

  • Swing Path

  • Perceived Pitch Location

  • Pitch Recognition

  • How you see the ball

  • Power

  • Contact

  • Keeping the ball in fair territory

  • Momentum Generation

  • Head & Vision Movement

The StrideRight Training mat is a tool to make it easy to provide adjustments to PLATE POSITIONING, STANCE, & STRIDE to find where you are best as a hitter.

Lastly, we provide a training segment on how to "Groove Your Swing" and create muscle memory to the adjustments you make.

2. Are you a "Beginning Hitter" or a "Advanced Hitter?"

BEGINNING HITTERS - are new to the game of hitting.  Usually they are trying to understand the basics and make contact.  Typically under the age of 7-9 and still in coach pitch. 

ADVANCED HITTERS - have been around the game for a few years.  They know the basics of hitting and are ready to start making adjustments at the plate.  Usually 9 and older.

3. How to find your PLATE POSITIONING, POWER 
     STANCE, and POWER STRIDE - "Beginning Hitter"

POWER POSITIONING & POWER STANCE

Put your back foot in ( A2 ) front foot in ( A5 ).  Slight bend in the knees, weight on balls of your feet, and weight slightly on your back foot ( A2 ).  This is the best position to protect the outside corner and have a stable base.

POWER STRIDE 

Stride with your front foot from ( A5 ) TO ( A6 ).  This will keep your stance square and give you a full stride for power.

4. How to Find & Adjust your POWER POSITIONING - "Advanced Hitter" 

ADJUSTMENTS - TRY:

Plate Positioning has a huge influence at the plate.  It affects your reaction time and which pitches you will have success with.  There are 4 different adjustments you can make with your plate positioning.

BACK IN THE BOX:  Move to Lower Numbers

​- Late on pitches or a pitcher is throwing really hard

- Want more reaction time

UP IN THE BOX:  Move to Higher Numbers

- Early on pitches or a pitcher is throwing slow

- Trouble hitting off-speed or breaking balls

- Want to keep balls in fair territory / bunting

TOWARD THE PLATE:  Closer to A

- Trouble with outside pitch

- You like the inside pitch

AWAY FROM THE PLATE:  Closer to E

- Trouble with inside pitch / getting jammed

- You like outside pitch and getting hands extended

5. How to Find & Adjust your POWER STANCE - "Advanced Hitter" 

YOUR STANCE affects how you see the ball, your bat path, your balance, and the momentum direction and the power you generate.  Its how you align your front foot with your back foot.

There are 5 different adjustments you can make to your stance as a hitter - and any combination of them.  You can get Wider vs Narrower and you can get more Open, Square, and Closed.  

ADJUSTMENTS - TRY:

WIDENING:  Having your 2 stance feet start further apart.

- Find yourself unbalanced (falling forward or backward)

​- Trouble making contact

- Provides more stability, requires less stride, and less movement of body and head

NARROWING:  Having your stance feet start closer together.

- Try if you are not hitting for much power

- Your hands are getting tied up or your getting jammed often

OPENING:  Front foot starting further away from home plate than the back foot.

- Trouble seeing the ball or picking up off speed - you could be back eye dominant

- Having trouble pulling the ball

CLOSING: Front foot starting closer to home plate than the back foot.

- You are having trouble going to the opposite field

- Trouble with power - Some players find rotational power by starting closed

SQUARE:  Front foot and back foot start in the same column.

- If you like hitting to all fields

- Want to keep minimum movement and a simple swing

6. How to Find & Adjust your POWER STRIDE - "Advanced Hitter" 

YOUR STRIDE influences your Power vs Contact, your timing, and what pitches you will and will not hit hard.  Stride is how you create momentum from you back foot to your front foot and triggers your swing.  Typically the bigger the stride - more momentum and power.  Smaller the stride - less momentum, less movement, less room for error, and more contact.  

ADJUSTMENTS - TRY:

NO STRIDE / HEEL PICK:  Not picking up the toes on the front foot.

- You are having trouble making contact with the ball

​- Trouble with off speed

- Some players use for 2-strike hitting.

HALF STRIDE:  Striding a half row (3")

- Your are looking for more contact but not as drastic as no stride

FULL STRIDE:  Striding one full row (6")

- Happy medium of balance, power, and contact

TOE TAP: Tapping a row behind your front foot then striding.

- You are looking for more power

- Create a more complex movement

LEG LIFT: Raising your knee to 90 degrees then striding

-You are lacking in power or are small

7. How to Groove your Swing - "Beginning & Advanced Hitter"

 

THERE ARE many ways to groove your swing. We detail the following drills based on what equipment you have and if you have someone to throw to you.  The best thing about StrideRightMats is you can use them at anytime, with any drill.  We recommend you start with the basics and work your sway through the workout.

DRY LOADS (2 - 15x) : Lineup your stance and practice your stride.  You should be balanced and on the balls of your feet.  Look down at your feet as you do it.  Get comfortable with your stance and stride.

DRY SWINGS (2 - 15x) : Continue working on your stance and stride but now add a full swing as if you were hitting a baseball.  Make sure your stance and stride continues to be the same.  Your feet should end up exactly the same as they were with the dry load.

TEE WORK (2 - 15x) : Take your stance and stride and hit baseballs off the tee.  Work on Away pitches.  Down the Middle pitches.  And inside Pitches.  Hit the ball in the direction of the pitch.  Outside pitch goes to the opposite field.  Middle pitch goes up the middle.  Inside pitch you pull.

FRONT OR SIDE TOSS (2 - 15x) : Have someone flip you the ball from either behind an L-Screen or from the side.  This will help you track a moving ball.  Work on different pitch location.  Away go to the opposite field.  Middle - Hit up the middle.  Inside pull.

LIVE BATTING PRACTICE (5 - 50x) : Have someone throw to you live.  Work on your stance and stride.  Look down to get feedback on if you are balanced.  After the swing you should not be falling over and your feet should be where they were during your Dry Swings practice.  

 

HAVE FUN : Hitting should be therapeutic and stress relieving.  Celebrate small success and improvements.  Remember hitting is hard... The best hitters get out 6-7 out of 10 times.