The High Level Pattern swing has three principal components best explained as Coil, Snap and Tilt. Within these components you have elements of scapula tightness, hip stretch, one-leggedness, vertical bat angle and torque creation. Below are are just some of the techniques instructed and drills used within the
Three Gear Hitting School Curriculum.
It’s impossible to summarize how all of the elements of the HLP come together, but this video provides a brief insight into the High Level Pattern swing.
How to the game's best hitters engage and hold the scap.
“Mike Trout hits with a tight scapula and he never lets it go.”
Snapping the barrel behind provides many benefits, such as creating greater bat speed, allowing your barrel to get into and stay in the zone longer and it helps create the proper vertical bat angle.
Three Gear Hitting teaches players to create the proper coil in the scap and hip to generate more bat speed, just like the best hitters in the big leagues do.
Dante Bichette Jr. and Sr. discussing the proper tilt, barrel turn and staying connected to make contact at your strongest point.
Using the snap stick as a tool to learn to create tourque in a swing.
Don't take our word for it, here's what one of the game's very best hitters, JD Martinez has to say about matching the plane of the pitch and how doing so increases a player's margin for error.