Now, instead of just telling hitters what they should feel, Hansen points to video analysis and heatmaps on a screen that provide a hitter instant and visual feedback about weight transfer, balance and stabilization throughout the swing among other data. The goal is to turn that live interaction into enough repetition until a hitter develops the muscle memory needed to improve his footwork in the long term.
“The number one thing that helps these guys is actually seeing it,” Hansen said. “It doesn’t matter if they’re pro or youth. You don’t have to have any understanding of it. If you’re swaying, it’ll show you this way. If I’m losing heel connection, it’ll show you that. It’s saving a lot of time trying to explain the same thing 10 different ways.”
Hansen said he has always taught how important the lower half of the body is to the swing. He talked about “staying behind baseballs” and “impacting baseballs.”
“But as soon as I saw what our feet do on the ground, when we’re churning dirt, when we’re planting to stabilize to impact a ball, or even just to hit the brakes, I learned how the body movement works,” he said. “Most of us don’t use our feet properly on the ground. I studied this, more and more, and that’s where we’ve got to start, It’s changed how I explain the whole lower half just because of the visual.”