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Ken Van Bogaert

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Darlington, WI

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Men's 55

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Nov. 4, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corky

It was always a pleasure to see Corky, and I am sorry to see the truck go. I know it would have been very expensive to run, and a lot of work for Corky and the staff, but I will really miss it and seeing Corky at the tournaments. I hope the SSUSA will be able to have some product for sale at the larger tournaments, and I wish the best for Corky...one of the best ambassadors of softball.
Sept. 30, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: World Masters Updates

Congrats to Crump22 and the Men of Motown. A lot of pride for all of us with your bringing the title to the Midwest.....you also give us all good motivation to try and beat you guys next year. With Reedus and your offense, its going to be a big task for everyone. A lot of us ran out of gas with fatigue and injuries, but you guys proved you could go the distance..with class and a real great group of guys. Nicely done.
Also congrats to Hollis 60's and MTC 55..both very worthy champions as well.
Bogie and the Pope Transport Team
Aug. 27, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: thanks corky and ssusa truck

just wanted to thank corky for the great work he does in providing honest information and opinions on equipment, and for offering such a wide range of services out of the ssusa truck. its awesome to be at the site and see the truck, the new gear, hear the tunes cranking, and see corky himself. A totally cool person, he goes out of his way to help us. if you even want hitting advice, he is a fine teacher and great hitter and will spend time giving some advice. its a tremendous benefit we have for keeping stocked during the season and just wanted to give props to him and ssusa.
Aug. 23, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 10..Add 50 Feet of Distance and Line Drive Speed by snapping wrists and hips in Sync

yeah, thats a great point webbie...even if a hitter uses an overlap, we can still rotate and line up
Aug. 20, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover 10..Add 50 Feet of Distance and Line Drive Speed by snapping wrists and hips in Sync

Top pros and our staff show 4 techniques for increasing the force and timing of the wrist snap with the hip snap...so they are in sync and one motion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5iyO9HARw0

click and paste into your browser
July 2, 2013
bogie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

27 end load....I have used different bat manufacturers senior bats and you do find quite a difference in some on the break in and how good they end up being. If you get a good one of any bat...put it away ha
July 2, 2013
bogie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

I too had an opportunity to swing Mike Kellys Dirty bat for a test trial, and while I am swinging Demarini as my gamer, I felt the Dirty was an excellent bat and one I would feel confident swinging. The Dirty I swung was only 27 ozs and felt pretty light, but the performance was very very good. If Imlay says its a good bat, his reputation makes it a solid statement.
July 1, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover Episode 9 Palm Up Pushsnap System of Hitting for Struggling Hitters & Bear meets the Amish Mafia

In episode 9, of Swing Makeover, Ken shows the struggling rec hitter a simple system of hitting called PUP, or Palm up Pushsnap..easily learned, powerful and simple to learn.... Bret and Destiny swing and compare the new ASA standard bats FuDawg vs J3ASA, and finally the Amish Mafia seek revenge on Bear for his comments on using the pvc pipe to defend against them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2s-Y3WL-sE&feature=youtu.be
May 16, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Babe Ruth's swing vs BJ Fulk supermajor slopitch player & What Focus the Pros use when Hitting. Swing Makeover 8

thanks guys..and Wayne..yeah, I post and let youtube host these..and I do not allow comments or posting. Its usually such negative nonsense or you get comments from people just trying to stir it up. Not everyone Im sure likes or agrees with the teaching we do...but at least its free on youtube, haha...Besides, When people complain, I say Imlay did the segment they question...works out well haha
May 15, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Babe Ruth's swing vs BJ Fulk supermajor slopitch player & What Focus the Pros use when Hitting. Swing Makeover 8

webbie..its not like you won't get your fair share of chances to play them this year, haha both your teams are amazing
May 14, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Babe Ruth's swing vs BJ Fulk supermajor slopitch player & What Focus the Pros use when Hitting. Swing Makeover 8

The way Hollis's 60s are swinging the bat these days...as told to me by Steve Imlay from the last Vegas tournament...I think your group should be putting out some video and let us all know what you guys are doing, ha. Sounds like you guys are on an amazing run.
May 13, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Babe Ruth's swing vs BJ Fulk supermajor slopitch player & What Focus the Pros use when Hitting. Swing Makeover 8

This shows how similar Babe Ruth's natural power swing for homeruns and average is to top Long Haul Bomber BJ Fulk. Also it shows top super major pros talking about what single focus at the plate, brings their most consistent swing. This is episode 8..all others can be linked free off our website at www.sportstechnique.com under the youtube tab.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VKpIYeNCwi8
April 2, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Youtube video explaining difference between Wrist Snap & Wrist Rollover Swing Makeover #7

very good question...the end of the snap and the start of the roll occur within a fraction of a second...there can be a slight start to the roll (or break) of the lead wrist at impact, and you do see on a lot of swings where the lead wrist has just started to roll at bit and but the top hand is still palm up. This is acceptable and powerful, however we find that too many rec hitters start to roll over earlier and earlier, and eventually develop the habit of rolling and not snapping into the swing. In Ted Williams book, the Science of Hitting, he talked about an axe snap into impact with perhaps just a slight break of the wrists at impact. Later, when he coached, he backed off any talk of a roll at impact...stating purely a axe snap.
We have found, its a superior method to try and separate the snap completely from the roll for most hitters..its better to be a bit late than too early, especially when being early seems to lead to more and more roll over time before impact. If you snap good, you will always get the correct roll after, however, if you start the roll too early or have too much before impact, the snap suffers greatly. Try it both ways and see what you find out.
In most racquet drills, the lead wrist is still palm down at impact, as is the lead arm drills. The lead wrist has turned some, but it is still basically in a palm down position, not rolled over.
April 2, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing your Hips for Maximum Rotational Power. "Swing Makeover Episode #6"

Yeah, I think most everyone who has a decent swing, and that is most of the many seniors that I see play nationally...use similar mechanics to Williams..a good swing is a good swing. Its just the use of terminology that we all struggle with when trying to help each other..can make it seem confusing. And often our main focus on what we concentrate on to bring the same swing as the next hitter, is often different than what that hitter is using...same swing, but different focus on a certain part of it. Minds all work a bit different.
We don't do anything out there, but Big Cat Mike Macenko is not too far away and he is a good teacher. We do work by Skype and email off our website.
April 2, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Youtube video explaining difference between Wrist Snap & Wrist Rollover Swing Makeover #7

Like many, I too actually use a full overlap grip, ala top hand resting over bottom hand, but demonstrated conventional to show it better and to relate to the majority that use a top hand on the bat handle. That said, if you use an overlap grip, the swing mechanics should be the same. The top hand, which sits on top of the bottom hand, should still have the pointer finger knuckle (on the inside of the palm of the top hand), situated on the bat handle, so that the top hand has a solid and direct contact with the handle against that bone. I think some hitters just hold the bat handle in the space between the pointer finger and thumb...where it is just soft tissue that has a lot of give. This is a sloppy grip and does not give the top hand as much ability to solidly push against the handle of the bat, thus losing leverage. If you still try to line up your knocking knuckles on the overlap or if you bring your wrists in closer together, it puts the hands in a stronger position..and allows that inside knuckle to contact better.. Some put two finger back on top too..
A lot of the top young pros and seniors are mixed on using the overlap, conventional, or some combo in between...and all have good success.
April 1, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Youtube video explaining difference between Wrist Snap & Wrist Rollover Swing Makeover #7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doqu5vwtqbk

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We show using pro swings, how bat lag creates more power potential if the snap is achieved in sync with the hips. Then we discuss one of the most misunderstood parts of the swing...a true axe snap into impact and the true rollover which comes after impact.

all prior 6 episodes and all future ones can be linked from here.
http://www.sportstechnique.com/youtubeswing-makeover.html
March 25, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing your Hips for Maximum Rotational Power. "Swing Makeover Episode #6"

Kevin, you mean FrankenMark, the Woodlawn monster the new yorkers created. Yep, hit with him and he was impressive. haha
HJ, the pros throw and snap the bat head into the ball from a bathead in a lagged back position..and they do so with the hands basically in an axe hitting style of palm up top hand, palm down bottom hand, with wrists torquing sideways against one another..with everything of course driven by the throwing open of the hips and the hip snap...you will notice that right after impact, the wrists
will roll over as a natural follow thru, as the bat head continues on the same plane as it started. Right after impact with the ball, full extension of the arms is reached and for many, it feels natural to let go with the top hand and let the bat finish following the bodys rotation pulled around with the lead arm. Since the continued turning over or rolling of the lead wrist turns the bat head down, the bat head will finish low. Even if they hit topspin, they usually snap the same but hit the top half of the ball but at full extension the top hand still comes off and the bat head will finish down. Hitters that drag the bat head into the ball and snap late, will generally finish high or if the pitch is low, the swing finishes higher. jmo
March 24, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing your Hips for Maximum Rotational Power. "Swing Makeover Episode #6"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhwWe4gWTnY&feature=youtu.be

You can copy and paste the link to play. This is short and concise and shows how the top pros use a good weight transfer from the stride, to explosively throw the Hips open and to throw the bat head into the ball. Some of the top pro swings in the game shown.
Feb. 26, 2013
bogie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Anybody try the Demarini one Senior 2013

Sure Webbie..Steve said he spend all winter breaking that blue Senior one in nicely and you go ahead and break it on him, haha.. He said you were killing it. Bruce like you, we find the Cartels to be tanks..havnt broke one yet.
I have been hitting alot this winter in Florida and have put 400 to 1000 on the Senior One 2013 bats I have down there and only broke one so far. The 2013 Green Senior one is more durable and the paint stays perfect. I did have an interesting thing happen on one of these. Most of them break in at 100 swings for me, and stay consistent throught the life of the bat, but I did have one that had around 700 swings, that suddenly got quite noticeably hotter..it is insanely hot. I noticed it had a small vertical crack...but its the first senior bat of any make I had that broke in..had alot of swings, then fully then suddenly towards the end of its life...got to another level of performance. I've had this happen on utrip or asa bats, but never really on a senior bat. Anyone else have this happen with a senior bat of any make?
Feb. 11, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Bomb Squad 2 and Swing Makeover Series Episode #5 now up on youtube


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2ENMTiWTsM&feature=youtu.be

We quickly cover one single drill, the rotation drill. We start with the connection position that we learned in Swing Makeover #4, and we simply rotate our hips and keep our body angled, and upper body locked out...so that just by turning our hips...we can bring the hands forward in an arc to the point where we will snap the bat head into the ball. Very simple and effective. We introduce the use of a power band, to perform this drill anytime, anywhere...awesome.
Then its onto a section of entertainment. The Senior Bomb Squad 2. 8 powerful hitters, 5 of them in both young men and senior halls of fame, put on an impressive display of power and place hitting at the famous Woodlawn Hitting Club in St. Petersburg Florida. Besides, showing their impressive power, they share some of their hitting success with you. An amazing group of technically advanced hitters.
All of the Swing Makeover Series is free on youtube and can be found under the youtube listings on our website at www.sportstechnique.com
Id like to thank our senior squad hitters, Kevin Schullstrom, Mark "Boo" Canegallo,
Steve Imlay, Davey Reed, Bobby Davis, Mark Thomas and token senior my son Bret. 5 Hall of Famers in this group. There are so many great senior hitters in their 60s nationally, but these 4 in their 60s, would make everyones top 10.
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