The HandsBack Hitter Trainer
and Fastpitch Softball Training Tee
By Nick Dixon
Baseball and fastpitch
softball hitting coaches now have a new and effective tool for teaching the mechanics of the perfect baseball swing. This
new Hands Back Hitter Training Tee is a self-contained ball launching device that teaches baseball and fastpitch softball
players to “keep the hands and weight back” and to “stride and then hit”. As Coach Mike Epstein recently said, "Finally a fun batting trainer that teaches the correct swing."
Some of the most
difficult swing elements to teach young hitters is the proper mechanics of the stride, the timing of the stride, and the loading
and separation process. Many young hitters want to stride and swing rather that stride then swing. Young baseball and softball
hitters should learn to master these two elements of hitting early. They should be taught that the “stride” motion
starts and finishes before the hands start the swing motion.
The correct sequence
of motion and action during the swing process is: 1) Load & separation 2)Stride
The Hands Back Hitter
is widely used by high school and college teams as an advanced hitting station. The device is widely respected as the perfect
swing trainer. The following statement by Coach Woody Hunt illustrates the respect that the Hands Back Trainer has gained
over the last two years. "We use the Hands Back Hitter to teach separation between stride and swing." Coach Woody Hunt, (Cumberland
University Baseball) 2004 NAIA National Champs
How It Works: Place a ball on the launcher. With a normal stride, the batter sets the ball into motion by stepping on a string (firing cord).
The ball will appear in the hitting zone with the hitter in the correct timing sequence...hands back, foot down, hips launching
The Hands Back Hitter corrects hitting
flaws. The offset tee makes you contact the ball between the balls of your feet. The
resistor arch makes you stride carefully to balance softly on the lead toe. The vertical popper elevates the ball after the
front foot is down, creating the timing sequence of the early stride. The front toe down on the string and the heel up sets
the stage for bat launch through hip rotation. Feel and teach how to load/coil your body as you stride to hit and the effortless
power that comes from torque.
Frequently Asked Questions:
do you do for LH batters?
The same unit
ASSEMBLES for either RH OR LH.
Can you change it over?
You can but it
takes about 3-4 minutes and most coaches buy two (2) for team practice because of the price, it just saves time and you can
run two stations at once.
balls do I use?
It comes with 12 medium
weight plastic balls but you can use real baseballs, softballs, and golf ball wiffles too.
4. What powers
There is a patented spring popper
that allows height adjustment for all weight balls...it takes no electricity. You can use it is the rain.
5. Will the
string wear out?
We recommend no cleats
but strings have not been a problem. Besides they add a second string free just in case.
6. How will
I know how to use it?
It comes with a
Training CD with about 100 slides with some streaming video. If you do not have a computer, it has pictures with instructions
in the assembly guide and coaching tips.
ages and gender?
It adjusts for
arm length and the long trigger area allows the batter to move up and away about 14 inches with no adjustment between batters
required. Very athletic 6-7 Y.O kids learn well and all payers up to and through college. Most now consider the fast
pitch swing to be the same as MLB swing so it have equal application for baseball and softball.
8. How hard
is it to assemble?
4 hands tighten knobs
and NO TOOLS the popper is pre-assembled.
9. Do you
have to cock it each time?
we want them to work more slowly, concentrating on balance, stride, and load. Swinging in rapid succession makes for
upper body hitters. This is what makes this trainer so good.
Why does it make you hit better?
Back Hitter separates the swing and the stride and forces deeper ball contact. It promotes a hip driven swing
that is powerful and adjust for different pitch speeds.
The Hands Back Hitter Pro Model is the simplest, most affordable you will practice often,
it makes you a better hitter while you are having fun. The Hands Back Hitter is the personal batting station that keeps them
training and swinging right even when your not there, yet most instructive training aid on the market.