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Discussion: Swing analysis

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March 5, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
440 posts
Swing analysis
After watching many videos of guys batting a SB, I noticed that virtually all long hitters have the bat touch the ground at the end of the follow through. I finally realized that to do this a right hand hitter must leave go of the bat with his right hand.
My question is why is this done? I think that this method leads to a very level swing which must be necessary for the big hitters to get the backspin which makes the ball "sail" farther. Is my analysis correct or am I wrong? Is this only used by big hitters or am I oversimplifying badly? I do note that many good hitters keep both hands on the bat which leads to a more uppercut swing and they seem to hit more line drives.
March 6, 2013
BudLeftField
56 posts
Many hitters use the overlap grip to give themselves a longer bat and generate more bat speed. You can pull hard with your bottom hand and push with your top hand, but basicly your top hand is just along for the ride, and will come off the bat after contact.
March 7, 2013
canIjack
Men's 60
322 posts

Long Ball hitters have a Longer, stronger, quicker swing, unlike base hitters. I personally have won a few HR contest and I use the regular baseball hand grip, no over lapping. I was told to swing and not to roll my wrist, and let the hands fly (throwing your hands). When I do this, the Right hand releases after contact and the left hand and arm continues its flow thru which ends up on your side and bat on ground and you standing there admiring that long ball you just hit. It’s the type of swing and not the hands. IMO
March 7, 2013
goforit
97 posts
Come on Kennard, that may work for you guys that have forearms like popeye (or bigger in your case). Me i need both arms and both hands on the bat to get the ball to go 300'. When i do hit one that far its all about my timing and where i meet the ball. By keeping both hands on the bat it allows me to adjust mid stride and still hit the ball 300' to right center or right. Many ways to skin a cat just depends what works best for you. Whatever you use it still takes practice to make it work.

Take care
John Giesler
March 7, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
742 posts
Kennard, you know what best works for you and for most everyone else. QUIT thinking and just hit. Thinking too much gets most of us in trouble.
March 8, 2013
canIjack
Men's 60
322 posts
Practice, Practice you mean Practice John ...You are so right about that. You do have to practice that swing. Whatever the type of swing or how you hold the bat, practice is the key.

Mike does have a point. Thinking a little too much when you're in that box, can affect your swing. I used to be an up the middle man when I first came into SS. But now learning(BP)to hit to all fields makes me think, no don't kill the pitcher hit it to third, no suns in his eyes, hit the 4 hole, ok,No inside pitch, STRIKE THREE YOU OUT.....back to BP and get some plate discipline

HJ, question, a right hand hitter must leave go of the bat with his right hand.
My question is why is this done?
My answer is... to keep from hurting myself.
March 8, 2013
rightrj1
Men's 55
208 posts
Mike & Kennard,
While thinking at the plate, for most will mess up their swing, I think pitch selection has more to do with the swing than anything else…Most line drive hitters think more at the plate, while most powers hitters, as the 2 of you are! Lol... See a pitch and swing for the fences.I think, most line drive hitters try to go with the pitch & turn over the wrist on contact as to turning the wrist over in follow though like power hitters or free swingers! But as the saying goes “Some guys can hit & Some guys know how to hit”!
March 8, 2013
cal50
Men's 50
276 posts
My philosophy is to assess what kind of hit is needed and where you are going to hit it before you step in the box and don't change your mind. The batters box is wider than the plate. The thinking too much is when you make mistakes. People have different grips they are comfortable with and should stick with what works best for them. Perfect practice makes perfect play.
March 8, 2013
canIjack
Men's 60
322 posts
cal50, You must have knew Tommy Traini, he was my little league/Biddy Basketball Coach at the San Pedro Boys Club. He always would say " Practice don't make perfect but Prefect practice make perfect,so let do it again". Wow memory lane.
March 8, 2013
cal50
Men's 50
276 posts
canljack, I have seen that phrase attributed to Vince Lombardi. But I sure agree with it.
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