In other words, the vertical angle makes the bat feel lighter than when held horizontally. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. This obviously works for them, but it is not recommended for young players because it can cause you to lose bat control. In my opinion, the extreme open or extreme closed stance gets too far away from the fundamentals of the swing. First, make sure that you use a good, balanced stance, as described in Chapter 2. He set his feet wider apart than most hitters yet still applied all the fundamental elements of a good swing.
On the count of one, the stride foot moves forward with the toe or ball of the foot touching the ground with about 70 percent of the weight still over the back leg while the hands simultaneously slide backward a couple of inches or more. This deceleration through the hitting zone reduces power. Here is one bit of advice on keeping your hands ready for the instantaneous action that is required: Plan to swing at every pitch. He shifts his weight back, getting himself in perfect position to attack the pitch. It raises your level of concentration and helps you see the ball better.
The following chapters explain 10 steps toward consistent hitting. A position of 100 percent closed would be when the foot is perpendicular to an imaginary line drawn between you and the pitcher. Jump straight up in the air to a fairly good height. Hinge your hands—that is, move them into the impact position with the bottom hand palm down, top hand palm up—and bring the bat barrel forward so that it is perpendicular to the pitcher. He looked at film of his swing taken from various angles every day during the course of his career to find flaws and make improvements.
Then the hips rotate, fully when the stride leg is straight and not quite as fully when the leg is slightly bent. This motion should continue until the pitcher begins his windup. Most importantly, it depends on your awareness of these factors in yourself and your willingness to work with them, not against them. First, I set the barrel end of the bat on the ground with the handle pointing up. Keeping time to the music and learning to dance with rhythm improved my timing as a hitter. Their challenge--and yours--is to contain them for a short period of time.
Similarly, your wrists must be solid as they enter the hitting zone. The bottom hand pulls the bat through the zone with the help of a rotating torso , whereas the top hand pushes it through the zone. He was a true student of hitting and studied the swings of many great hitters over the years. You can develop this coordination through repetition. But how does one acquire confidence? By doing this, the player should be able to feel the strong support from the front leg that allows the hips to rotate and generate power. After the initial downward move, get the barrel on the same plane or level as the pitch. The spine may show signs of wear.
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Picture a tennis player waiting for his opponent to serve. Miss M , which is a swinging strike and is scored as a zero 0. The same theory applies to the swing. The bottom hand pulls the bat through the zone. Author Biography John Monteleone has written or edited several sports books, including The Louisville Slugger Book of Hitting Faults and Fixes 0-8092-9802-3.
Because of their fear of hitting the tee, they program an uppercut arc into their swing. McGraw-Hill has no responsibility for the content of any information accessed through the work. Your goal is to create a rhythmical movement that is natural and easily repeatable. This bit of information should encourage players of smaller physical stature. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Rather, it disrupts the accuracy and mechanics of your swing.
When a surgeon holds a scalpel in his hands, he holds it with his fingertips. Although Ted Williams did not have the benefit of such film in 37 his era, he knew his swing inside and out and was happy to share his theory with fellow players or anyone who cared to listen. Too much is left to chance. Therefore, lower your arms during your preswing motion and slowly waggle your bat forward and back—similar to the waggles of Mark McGwire or Jason Giambi. But the faster the stride, the faster the upper body must react to keep pace. Then check the hands for proper positioning.
Dust cover may be missing or if present may have moderate wear. By following the step-by-step approach laid out in this book, your players will learn the proper techniques of hitting. Make sure your right elbow is folded down and in to your right side for right-handed hitters , then extend it as you move the bat to the contact point. When a player starts his swing as he steps, he brings his hands forward and slightly uncoils his body and shifts his weight too soon onto the stride foot or leg. Uppercuts often have their roots in childhood Wiffle ball games. That is why the closed toe is so important—because it temporarily restrains the movement of the hips.