Rob Benjamin- Hitting Coach, Riot Hitting (NY)
In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Rob Benjamin, a highly experienced baseball hitting trainer at R.I.O.T. Hitting based in the New York City area. Rob Benjamin discusses how to help players break out of their stiff batting routines, and become more adaptable to real game situations. Rob also expresses important processes to assist hitters gaining movement solutions and degrees of freedom in their swings.
Guest: Rob Benjamin, baseball hitting trainer at R.I.O.T. Hitting
Rob Benjamin shares his upbringing in Puerto Rico and New York City playing baseball
His journey towards coaching began in the early 2000s
Who is the player, what is their hitting experience, and what are their parents’ concerns
Video review includes dissecting major league hitting swings
Recreate the unpredictability of the real game in the batter’s box
Playing sound effects of loud crowd noises helps players prepare for game distractions
Player assessment involves using video to help evaluate them
How does Rob Benjamin help clean up player’s movement patterns
Many players have been overcoached to the point that their body’s move too robotically
Players need to trust you to communicate what they need
How do you coach the timing of hitting
The swing starts as soon as the foot lifts off of the ground
What should be the focus when using videos for training
Do players have too many degrees of freedom to their swing
Bridge the gap between training information and the experience of movement solutions
What are training drills that Rob Benjamin’s players love
Watching his own children develop is an enlightening experience for Rob
Look for challenges and obstacles, and embrace failure
3 Key Points:
Having a successful bat swing includes the launch, the barrell, and de-excelleration.
Techniques during hit training include: throwing screens up, ball drop drills, and two pitchers throwing at the same time.
Know what your players’ goals are.
“I want to see these players adapt.” - Rob Benjamin (10:21)
“Being the ‘teacher king,’ I don’t want to do that. I want the environment to do that for me.” - Rob Benjamin (12:27)
“Some kids have been so over-coached that a lot of the athleticism has been stripped from their bodies.” - Rob Benjamin (26:53)
“It’s important that you create a foundation of trust so they can talk.” - Rob Benjamin (29:10)
“I want them to make one choice...hit the baseball.” - Rob Benjamin (36:32)
“Figure out how players learn with respect to stable components of their swing.” - Rob Benjamin (41:47)
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