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Ken Van Bogaert

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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

copy and paste this to view.
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.
Feb. 3, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #4 now available on youtube. Connecting the Hips to the Hands for max power and consistency

post a video on youtube and let some of the guys here give their ideas as we get older and stiffer, a stronger, and a bit longer stride helps you land harder on the front foot, so the weight comes off the back foot and the hips turn more easily. I f your hips are turning harder, you probably arent letting the weight land on the front leg...maybe staying on back leg too long...if you do so properly the hips should turn easy and free. for most guys 12-18 inches works. Also the body angle should adjust while you land, so its angled back , your hips can rotate against f the front leg and lead the swing, and you can drive line drives to the gaps.or infield holes. Most good swings are slightly up, closer to pitch path,. If your swing is too level or down, and a bit early, you will not drive a line drive but rather swing under the ball and pop up
Feb. 2, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #4 now available on youtube. Connecting the Hips to the Hands for max power and consistency

i agree..all you good senior players and young pros know it, but most the rec guys don't..and its not that easy to learn for most...frustrating...yeah, you can really see Mickelson snap it to impact..easy tempo that speeds up to full go at impact..timing is critical to be sure.
Feb. 2, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #4 now available on youtube. Connecting the Hips to the Hands for max power and consistency

thanks the swing makeover 5 will have a senior bomb squad of probably the best 5 60s players ever assembled in one bp session..all are 5 hall of famers...but after that the next 3 ro 4 episodes are on separating the snap palm down palm up from the rollover which is after impact. Most seniors here have great swings but for the average rec player, getting the snap and roll separate make a big difference..it surely did late this year when I started refining my own swing. thanks again
Feb. 1, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #4 now available on youtube. Connecting the Hips to the Hands for max power and consistency

I wish we were playing reno but we are not. i do plan on making a trip out there...soon..its worth it just to hit with Joe and you guys. hopefully soon!
Jan. 27, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #4 now available on youtube. Connecting the Hips to the Hands for max power and consistency

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP0kBjjaC7I

Just copy and paste into the browser. This shows how to bring the hands back, so you feel tightness in front lat and feel connection of real elbow next to your side, and you will feel like your hips are tied tightly to your hands..so all you have to do is turn the hips and hands/bat will follow. Hips do all the work until the wrist snap.
Jan. 25, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: spring training

I have been to Softball Magazines ST week one every year they have had it. Its a super well run event, top pros helping your swing, new bats to try out for free, lunch, banquet, and free bat and bag included in your package. Its a great event, and you have an opportunity to ask other players or the pros for help with your defense, throwing or swing. Set up so you can do what you want. Hit, play scrimmage games or practice defense. Gene, Jim Ramsey and staff do a great job. A nice mix of seniors, low and high level rec players from around the nation.
Can't recommend this camp enough.
I have also attended Curt Hollis Classic Spring Training in Jax. This is another great event. It usually has a higher level of competitive players and usually more top level senior players...they too do a great job, and have a loyal following.
Jan. 25, 2013
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rehab after biceps, shoulder and rotator cuff surgery

I do know of many players who have had rotator cuff surgery, including a 78 year old at Woodlawn Hitting Club and after a year, he had rehabbed and did well with it. 4 years ago, I had both my infra and supra tendons develop full thickness tears on my right rotator cuff. They hurt like crazy when they finally tore thru, but after that, the pain went away and I did the best to strenghten the surrounding muscles to compensate. I also tore a tendon of my left bicep muscle several years ago, no surgery, just the popeye muscle bulge. And a portion of my right bicep was torn partially for the past year. It always hurt to hit some, but I have a very high threshold of pain..Im not tough, I just don't feel alot of pain. I was hitting this past week, when suddenly a sharp pain I felt in my right shoulder and bicep. My entire upper arm turned black and blue, and bulged. I had torn a bicep tendon on right arm. The interesting thing, was I was able to keep hitting at a high level all week. Once the tear finished, the pain was gone. I have opted not to have the surgeries on the rotator and biceps. I am 59 and only catch or dh in national play. Locally I pitch some, but overhand throwing is not strong. I have had to compensate on my swing at times, but never missed much time. I have had to pullsnap more or pushsnap more, due to weakness from these injuries, but overall, I think I hit the ball about as well as I have ever been able to. I have read that rotator cuff tears or impingenments can cut or fray the bicep tendons, so even though the surgery and rehap is long and sometimes not as successful, it may save the bicep tendons. I am sure by 70, I will have more issues from these injuries and lack of surgery. Just wanted to offer my experience with bypassing surgery.
Here is a similar article i found on pros and cons of surgery
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=142071761&page=1
Ken Van Bogaert, Roberts/Pope 55s
Dec. 13, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #3 is up..using Pipe Drills,for maximizing hip power and we check 4 of our athletes progress

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzChRznHwD0

copy and paste the link in your browser. The other episodes can be seen on youtube by searching
Swing Makeover Series or type in youtube search... nsken07 ... this opens all our videos.

In this episode, we use a 5 foot pvc pipe for two drills that really help learn the swing by feel...We work on a strong stide, strong drive and strong pushsnap..we follow the progress of 4 hitters as they learn to stride stronger and drive hips open. Pro siwngs featured including Bret Helmer and seniors from around the nation.
Nov. 24, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover Series #2 now on youtube"Driving the Hips Open for Power & Consistency

This is the second in a series of 12 Youtube Clips on using top young and senior pro's plus our staff.. to help explain a natural power line drive & homerun rotational swing, in as simple a manner as possible. This one progresses from SMakeover #1, where we used a linear step to help transfer the weight and allow the hips to turn more freely. IN SM#2, we show how to Lower, Load, Time and Drive the hips open with a good body angle of attack. Once a hitter is consistent doing this swing, aiming at the top or bottom of the ball and placement becomes much easier.
Hall, Larsen, Connell, McCollum, Isenhower, Branch, Helmer, Mack, Bumgardner plus seniors including Imlay, are shown and a few discuss the technique. We use 240 fps cameras for some nice slow motion shots.
It's free, so no complaining about the price, ha 8 minutes long in hd..if it doesnt play smoothly, put on pause and let your computer load it up for several minutes. HD takes some memory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEQE_YkCSaA
Nov. 19, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2 video reviews of 2013 DeMARINI Senior One Softball Bat

All the senior bats on the market are great products and we end up swinging a bat that fits our needs and body type. I was in Phoenix last week and hit for 3 days with Steve Imlay, and some other very good senior hitters. All the senior bats hit very well..our group had a Miken maxload, Ambush, Reebok, and White Centenarian..and some DeMarini Senior Ones.
I feel the DeMarini is one of the best kept secrets among the current senior bats. I really like tatooball's White Centenarian alot, but after swinging Miken Ultra Maxloads for 7 years, I switched this season to a Demarini One. Steve Imlay and I each did a separate review of the product. The clips have our comments and show us hitting the bat. Steve's review is first, mine is second. They are hosted on youtube. Copy and paste the link if it doesn't click and play, if your interested in seeing them.

Steves review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxTxIScjq_Y

Ken's review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwf7XwPpGb0
Oct. 30, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roberts 55 Wisconsin major team looking for several position players from adjoining states

We will be going to 60s in a year or two, that is why the age is specificed as such.
Oct. 29, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roberts 55 Wisconsin major team looking for several position players from adjoining states

My manager asked me to add this..thanks
Ideal birth year of players 1951-1955.
Oct. 23, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roberts 55 Wisconsin major team looking for several position players from adjoining states

Roberts Construction is a 55 major team and is looking for several position players for the 2013 season. Players must be from Wisconsin or adjoining states. Contact Dave Dukelow for inquiries. 608 712 5358
or email dpdukelow@charter.net

Nice group of guys who have played together for a long time.
Oct. 11, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for some used Demarini senior bats with a lot of hits left in them

I swung both of the Demarini models all year and they both have excellent and similar performance. If you have good bat speed, I switched to the One, because the Demarinis outperformed the Ultra maxloads I had (more distance and a nice sweet spot). I felt both models had similar performance, but the lime green or 2013 model is endloaded and is more durable. The older models can be found at some crazy low prices. Bat has a solid handle and not the whippy flex of a Geezer. About 100 swings for me to break in fully.
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