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    Hello all. Beautiful here today in Montgomery-- about 75. Nice day to shoot a video.

    Again, Ethan is almost 8, 4' 4, and this is the end of his 2nd week of retooling his swing to a rotational technique. I posted a video last week and got some great feedback. Main points of interest from you all from last Sunday...

    1. All arms and no legs, no hips.
    2. Bat drag.
    3. Bat might be too big.
    3. Dad needs to throw lower.

    So we worked on turning the hips and keeping the hands close to body. We regripped the bat (it was crumbling) and also choked up. I bought heavier whiffle balls and threw from one knee from close up. We try to hit a bucket of balls a couple of times every day. We go to the batting cages twice a week or so.

    Let's hope he made more improvement than I did throwing. I know I didn't put them where I should have. I'll play em game at a time, trust my stuff and the good Lord willing I have a better outing next time. Roses go in the front! http://www.baseball-fever.com/images/smilies/cap.gif

    Ethan got the bat for Christmas from a relative and loves it. Let me know, please if you think choking up is enough of an adjustment and if not, what do you think I should move down to? It is a 29" 19 oz.

    What do you see?

    Thanks again for your time.


    NEW Video: March 16th

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvyXgbPe83w

  • #2
    Several observations:

    First is pitching rate is too fast for this age. Slow the number of pitches you throw to him and allow his to establish a good posture before tossing the ball. At this age I would first suggest a static target (tee or hitting stick) and then suggest soft (side) toss. Front toss may be a little daunting for his age.

    Second:
    He needs to stay connected - tilt and turn. Do a search on that here you should get a great deal of info. Paul Nyman skeleton's are good aid's to see where the swing plane should be:

    Moving batting skeleton.gif
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    • #3
      BTW... Still not bad for his age and yes there is some improvement. They only otehr word of caution is at this age you need to give him something of substance to change. Trying to figure it oout with him is not as effective as giving him proven age-appropriate techniques that work. If you want send me a PM and I will give you an instructor recommendation.
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      • #4
        In the broomstick portion he is dropping his hands and swinging down. His hands need to stay up, let the barrel get the ball. I'd like to see a more purposeful load to initiate the swing.

        The 29-19 is too heavy for him right now. You should probably drop down to a 28-17 ounce bat. If you're in Little League, make sure you use a small barrel bat. The bat he is swinging appears to be a big barrel.
        Last edited by Baseball gLove; 03-16-2008, 04:59 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Baseball gLove View Post
          If you're in Little League, make sure you use a small barrel bat. The bat he is swinging appears to be a big barrel.
          It is a 2 1/4 inch barrel. What constitutes the big vs. small barrel?

          Thanks for the tips!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BamaYankee View Post
            It is a 2 1/4 inch barrel. What constitutes the big vs. small barrel?

            Thanks for the tips!
            Your 2-1/4 barrel is perfect for Little League. The barrel looked thicker than it is. 2-5/8 and 2-3/4 barrels are big barrel which are legal in our Pony league. My son, also 8, swings the 29-19.5 with a 2-5/8 barrel. But he is a big kid and has been raised swinging big bats. Most of the kids on my son's 8U team swing the 17 or 18 ounce bats. The smallest kid swings a 27 inch 16 ounce.

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            • #7
              at his age, buy into some program and stick to it.

              You have to pick which is best, everyone has their opinions...

              You could go to/ buy...

              - epstein
              - mankin
              - setpro
              - Hitting-Illustrated.com and buy John Cohen's dvd's
              - buy Steve Englishbey's dvd's and go to site
              - peavy
              - Lau
              - Yeager

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Go Cardinals View Post
                at his age, buy into some program and stick to it.

                You have to pick which is best, everyone has their opinions...

                You could go to/ buy...

                - epstein
                - mankin
                - setpro
                - Hitting-Illustrated.com and buy John Cohen's dvd's
                - buy Steve Englishbey's dvd's and go to site
                - peavy
                - Lau
                - Yeager
                Bad advice - there are only a few who I would recommend to someone this age and the recommendations would be for the father and son to learn together.
                "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
                - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
                  Bad advice - there are only a few who I would recommend to someone this age and the recommendations would be for the father and son to learn together.
                  I recommended everyone out there. It's ultimately his choice. I think almost everyone on there someone here would recommend.

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