If you didn’t catch it by now, the Super 8 Hitting System breaks the hitting mechanics into 8 individual steps. I’ve learned that the most important step; however, is the drive position.
The drive position in the Super 8 Hitting System is a point in the hitting mechanics in which you can hit the baseball anywhere in the strike zone. Whether it’s inside, outside, down the middle, high or low. This drive position causes your hands to go in a direction that keeps them inside the baseball, causing your swing to be short, and the barrel to go directly to the ball without adding extra length to your swing.
The key points of the Super 8 Hitting System drive position are as follows:
- The drive position is the KEY action in hitting
- Hips and shoulders turn and square up to the pitch
- The back arm is in a powerful “V” position
- The top hand is ready to fire at the pitch
- The front arm is in an “L” position
- The bottom hand pulls the bat knob to the ball
- Back leg thrusts
- Back foot on toe
- Front leg weight is on inside of heel
Coach Joe Brockhoff’s, Super 8 Hitting System has taught me, how to teach my players, to stay inside the ball, which means that my players hands do not separate, sweep, or cast away, from their bodies during their swing. This is important because when your hands come away from your body during the swing, you add inches to the path that the barrel takes to the baseball, thus giving you less time to react to the pitch, because you have to start your swing earlier.
I’ve also learned that from this optimal hitting position you eliminate the loop in the swing. This is when you see players that swing like they’re trying to hit the ball “up” to the moon. The barrel drops behind them, and then loops up, once again adding inches to their swing. The sweep, and the loop, are both eliminated because the barrel of the bat goes in a straight line from point A to point B, with no extra inches added to the swing.
As you can see, the drive position is the best position to get into before swinging, and hitting , the baseball. The Super 8 Hitting System drills have made me look like a genius hitting instructor. I’m not of course, but the simple to follow instructions and drills taught by coach Joe Brockhoff, are easy to follow and easy to teach. So if you can get your players into a good drive position like coach Brockhoff instructs, you’ll see improvement straightaway.