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Discussion: Throwing your Hips for Maximum Rotational Power. "Swing Makeover Episode #6"

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March 24, 2013
bogie
Men's 55
146 posts
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.
March 25, 2013
sliplayer
Men's 60
70 posts
Bogey
Great job and really enjoyed watching the pro's swing. It's amazing the bat speed that they achieve.
SLi
March 25, 2013
tattooball
604 posts
Good stuff, did you get any video of the freak in St Pete?
March 25, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
Watched the video. Question: why do all the pros use the same style, i.e. they leave go of the bat with their top right hand and the swing ends with the bat in the left hand generally touching or almost touching the ground deep behind the hitter?
March 25, 2013
bogie
Men's 55
146 posts
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
April 1, 2013
HJ
Men's 70
432 posts
I apologize for my bad manners in not thanking you earlier. I previously read Ted Williams' book
and was reminded by your post that he uses the term axe swing. I looked again at your videos and they make more sense to me now. I believe you are advocating a more level swing. Thanks again and do you ever do clinics in the Cleveland Akron area?
April 1, 2013
Shut Up & Pitch
54 posts

I can see how this video helps those that use the "hand above hand" (baseball type grip), but how about the guys that use the "hand on top of hand" (softball) Rose grip?

Which is better for slow pitch softball?





April 1, 2013
Shut Up & Pitch
54 posts

Ooooops

My question was for the "Swing Make Over #7" video.

April 2, 2013
bogie
Men's 55
146 posts
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.
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