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Ken Van Bogaert

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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.
Oct. 4, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cheyenne Park for Worlds

Like Steve I thought the level of play in the 55 and 60's was amazing. My son came and could not believe what incredible physical shape and how well these groups played. While the park was not fancy, and other venues more attractive, they filled in alot of holes before the tourney, you could see it, and the infield was fine, water was supplied and concessions and food great. The bathrooms sucked but porta potties were supplied. We played late at night and I felt safe enough at the park..not really anyone around much. A rare Stoneman sighting was appreciated. We have to take our turns at parks, and I appreciate all the work it takes Dave, Fran, staff and Umps to run a great tourney. Happy and Umps did a nice job. The worst for me was seeing how strong the 60 teams were..and how well guys like Imlay, Patty, etc. have aged..as our team approaches 60, I had figured guys would be going downhill and it might be easier..NOT!!! Congrats to everyone for having their game on. And to MTC for being deserving champs and for Hendricks for being a great champion last year and an even better group of classy guys.
Ken Van Bogaert, Roberts 55 plus
Oct. 3, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cheyenne Park for Worlds

Like Steve I thought the level of play in the 55 and 60's was amazing. My son came and could not believe what incredible physical shape and how well these groups played. While the park was not fancy, and other venues more attractive, they filled in alot of holes before the tourney, you could see it, and the infield was fine, water was supplied and concessions and food great. The bathrooms sucked but porta potties were supplied. We played late at night and I felt safe enough at the park..not really anyone around much. A rare Stoneman sighting was appreciated. We have to take our turns at parks, and I appreciate all the work it takes Dave, Fran, staff and Umps to run a great tourney. Happy and Umps did a nice job. The worst for me was seeing how strong the 60 teams were..and how well guys like Imlay, Patty, etc. have aged..as our team approaches 60, I had figured guys would be going downhill and it might be easier..NOT!!! Congrats to everyone for having their game on. And to MTC for being deserving champs and for Hendricks for being a great champion last year and an even better group of classy guys.
Ken Van Bogaert, Roberts 55 plus
Aug. 16, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Passing of Steve Simmons

What a great guy..so much fun and dedicated to softball. A huge loss for his family and our softball community. We will sorely miss him. Ken Van Bogaert on behalf of Dave Dukelow and Roberts Construction/Pope
Aug. 16, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed for the Dowell family

From The Roberts Construction/Pope Softball Family..our thoughts and prayers are with your family..Ken Van Bogaert, teammates and families
June 27, 2012
bogie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken U2 Performance

I too had become disgusted with how fast the Miken Ultra Maxload were breaking the past year. Some in less than 30 swings and most under 75. Also I had 2 new ones that swung as stiff as a new freak 98 and were still stiff after 200 swings. I had the opportunity to swing the new 2013 Demarini Senior One 30oz and Kevins White Centenarian 28oz vs my 3 broken in Ultra maxload gamers. Both the Demarini and Cent out hit the Ultras by 20-25 feet in 3 tests my son and I did. In the testing I broke all 3 of my Ultra gamers and never broke either the Senior One or Cent. While I loved the feel of the ball hitting the Ultra, the other two bats outperform the Miken for us. My new gamer is the Demarini..done with the Ultra. The Reeboks are good too to be sure..Miken missed the boat with the quality control and changes made on that product.
June 20, 2012
bogie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MN SSUSA QUALIFIER RESULTS

Playing in the 55+ Division, I thought Steve and SSUSA did an excellent job on this tournament. There were not that many teams in the region, but Steve and staff adjusted it so we played 3 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. While we got rolled by a nice Doc's Grayhounds Team Sunday, 5 games is just what we needed to try to get our hitting and fielding down this early in the year before SPA and SSUSA Worlds. We can't fly to every senior tournament and are very appreciative of the effort made to hold one in Minnesota. Thanks.
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts/Pope 55 major plus
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