There are many ways to learn how to consistently hit a baseball, and Cleveland Indians hitting instructor Bruce Fields employs a balance board to assist players.
In this video, Fields points out how Baseballance, a tool for baseball players to keep their balance while hitting. The board was invented in 2009 by Sean Hanifee, a high school baseball coach in Virginia.
"I heard kids getting directions like you're not staying back, you're not getting loaded, you're out on your front foot, you're stepping in the bucket, you're diving over the plate. I heard that terminology used with those kids and I could tell the kids aren't getting it."
Fields began to use the balance board in spring training with the minor league players. He says the results were amazing.
Whenever any of the Indians have balance issues at the plate, Fields says he puts them on the board and the issue clears up.
The Baseballance is a 4-foot-by-20-inch board attached to two sets of rockers.