Derek Jeter Hurricane Hitting Machine by SKLZ

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Derek Jeter Hurricane Hitting Machine - "Hip Turner" Drill

You can use the Hurricane Hitting Machine to easily teach young players what is meant by "Hip Turn" and "Turn on the Ball".

It is often difficult and hard to teach younger hitters is the process of using the hips to generate power and bat speed. The key first element to teaching them to use their hips is to do a drill that allows them to see and feel how the hips should turn. The "Hip Turner" drill works great for this purpose. Have the batter assume the "inside pitch location" drill position.

The Hurricane Machine Ball should be directed at the batters front hip with the ball's location inside and out in front of the front leg.The batter will then look away from the ball and find a "landmark" to identify visually. It is great to have a player or coach stand behind the batter at a safe distance. The coach will instruct the batter to assume the ready position and then look back at their teammate or coach. The coach then gives the player the instruction to take a full swing, turn the hips completely, and then look at your teammate or coach from the other side. This look, swing and look, process is done for 4 swings.

This over exaggeration of the hip involvement allows young players to see how the hips turn, how much the hips can turn, and to usderstand what their coach means when he says "turn on that inside pitch". Then the batter is allowed to take 6 more swings.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baseball Instruction - Is it Just Your Imagination? by Nate Barnett

Have you even been up to bat or on the mound and wanted to hide? Just maybe crawl under the plate, or peel back the pitching rubber and slip underneath for a bit and let someone else deal with the situation?

I'm laughing while I'm writing this because I can't tell you how many times those thoughts had occurred to me while playing through college and professionally. But, for every one of those quick moments of despair, confusion, uncertainty, or dread, I've had dozens of high quality confident thoughts. And that is the key. The ratio of high quality to low quality thoughts needs to be significantly greater.

So, if you are working with an athlete (or 13 of them) who struggles with confidence on the field, take some of these words to heart and reach out and include these ideas in your baseball instruction.

An athlete can only have two different kinds of thoughts while playing the game, high quality and low quality. Here are the definitions of each. Click Here to Read Entire Article at Baseball Coaches Digest. - Quality Products, Quality Service, Low Prices

Monday, September 22, 2008

HURRICANE TRAINER QUESTION: What is the number one thing I need to make sure my player knows about the Hurricane Machine before he or she uses it?

ANSWER: I would say that there are actually three things that I would tell them. First, they should always make sure no one is near when they are swinging the bat. They should clear the area before they begin to work. Second, they must realize that the Hurricane operates with a "wrapping and unwrapping" action. They must always allow the Hurricane Machine Powerbands to unwrap between bat swings. If they do not allow the machine to unwind before they swing again, they will stress and break the Powerbands. And last, I would make sure that they take time between swings to reset and assume a proper stance everytime.

The Hurricane Machine is so easy and convenient that many times kids tend to work to fast. They must make themselves slow down, get in a proper stance, and take a quality swing each time. The emphasis should be on QUALITY and not QUANTITY when it comes to practice swings.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Derek Jeter Hurricnae Hitting Machine Question: How fast does the Hurricane Machine ball travel?

QUESTION: How fast does the Hurricane Machine ball travel? What pitch speeds does the machine simulate?

ANSWER: The Hurricane ball return speed is determined by the power and bat speed of the batter. With two Powerbands in place, and a average high school hitter swinging the bat, the machine's return speed will simulate speeds reaching up to 60 to 65 mph. With younger players, the speeds simulated may average 45 to 60 mph depending on the power and bat speed of the batter. The harder the ball is hit; the faster the ball's speed when it returns to the batter. sells Hurricane Machine's at Discount Prices.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

QUESTION: How long does it take to assemble the Hurricane? Are tools required for set-up?

No tools are required.

You should read the owners manual completely from front to back cover before assembling or using your new Hurricane Batting Machine. The first time you assemble your new machine may take 10 minutes.

After that, it should take only 5 minutes are less. If you can do so, we recommend setting your machine up in an unused corner or area of your yard. This allows hitters to practice more often or on impulse when they are bored during the day when Mom or Dad may not be at home. Of you must store your machine in a secure spot between uses, it will only take minutes to set up and take down each time you use it.

The Hurricane is a totally user-friendly machine when it comes to use and set-up. If you should have trouble during set-up, please do not hesitate to call our toll free customer service number to talk directly to someone that can answer your questions or walk you through set-up. Call 1-877-431-4487.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hurricane Replacement Parts

How to Purchase Hurricane Replacement Parts:

There are really only 2 parts on your Hurricane Trainer that you will have to eventually replace. They are the Hurricane impact head ball component and the Hurricane powerbands.

These Hurricane parts can be purchased at and are in stock and normally ship within 1 business day.

The impact head is the rod that has the ball attached to the end and extends out into the hitting zone. This part is warrantied by Sklz for 90 days, but should last anywhere from 1 to 3 yrs, depending on amount of use and the age of the users. It takes just seconds to replace the old one with the new one when purchased.

The Hurricane powerbands are the 3 bungee cords that are included with the package. These cords are what stop and return the machine when the hitter contacts the ball. The powerbands should last 3 to 6 months, but some last even longer. Again, it depends on the amount of use.
These powerbands will also last longer if they are kept out of the rain and sun when not in use.
Another tip to make the powerbands last is to make sure the hitter lets the machine properly "unwind" before contacting the ball again. In other words, make sure the powerbands uncoil from around the column housing before hitting the next pitch. Do not just keep hitting and winding the cords. They will stretch and eventually break.

To view or purchase these parts, click on the following link and scroll to the bottom.

Have a nice day, Nick.