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    What are people's opinions on the one handed finish like this...





    I don't think it has everything to do with Pujols' success, but I think it might be related to a degree.

    I teach it because I think it helps to keep kids from cutting their shoulder rotation short (and decelerating the head of the bat through the point of contact).

    What are some other opinions?
    Last edited by Chris O'Leary; 03-25-2008, 08:10 AM.
    Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

    I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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    Several years ago one of my high school players tore the front of his shoulder doing this.
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    • #3
      I doubt that one-handed finish has to do a lot with success, but it is a cure for early wrist roll if you are looking for flat hands. I personally do it because it makes me look more better (hehehe) when I finish my swing.

      Originally posted by Coach45
      Several years ago one of my high school players tore the front of his shoulder doing this.
      Last year during the tryouts, my front shoulder got hurt doing the same thing too. It didn't tear or anything, but the pain lasted for months.

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      • #4
        the college coach here is against it. My son does it and feels comfortable with it. The baseball coach here has coached the Junior national team and has some good credentials but he is very stubborn in his beliefs. He says it isn't good. I say if pujols does it than it cant be bad

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        • #5
          I discourage it with youngsters.
          "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
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          • #6
            I don't mind a one hand finish as long as the hand doesn't come off the bat until way after contact. I also discourage it with youngsters because most of the time they take the hand off too early. Most guys finish with one hand because their arms or chest are too large to keep two hands on the bat. I used to keep two hands on the bat until finish until I hit college and found the secret of weightlifting. Soon after that I found myself with the one hand finish. I really don't find it related to power or my swing. My swing is still the same except my finish is one hand instead of two. I still finish at the same level as a always did because I can tell by the pine tar stains on my jersey's.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hawkiirock View Post
              the college coach here is against it. My son does it and feels comfortable with it. The baseball coach here has coached the Junior national team and has some good credentials but he is very stubborn in his beliefs. He says it isn't good. I say if pujols does it than it cant be bad
              Cam or Kreicji?

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              • #8
                I do top hand release. It's natural for me, though I couldn't really tell you why I think it's beneficial. I could say all the generic stuff like "followthrough feels good," or "it helps me get extended," but in all reality, I have no idea.
                Owner of Driveline Baseball - Seattle, WA

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                • #9
                  I was taught the one-handed (Rau) technique through high school and I found a couple of things:

                  1. You can get greater bat speed because the hand releasing (for more muscular and less flexible players) allows the trunk to turn through the swing;

                  but:

                  2. Looking at old tapes from that time, I had a tendency to lunge at the ball to assist with the top half rotation, and it truthfully negated whatever speed
                  I was getting from the release.

                  So, I wouldn't recommend this technique unless the coach knows the mechanics of the entire swing.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hawkiirock View Post
                    the college coach here is against it. My son does it and feels comfortable with it. The baseball coach here has coached the Junior national team and has some good credentials but he is very stubborn in his beliefs. He says it isn't good. I say if pujols does it than it cant be bad
                    I agree.

                    As I said, I have found that it can help some kids who have a tendency to cut their swings short.
                    Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

                    I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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                    • #11
                      EIther someone posted here or some one told me it has to do with your head being down or up at and after contact.

                      Those that keep there head down after contact usually they keep both hands on the bat.
                      Those that after contact they lift there heads usually they have a one hand release.

                      It could be garbage though dunno.
                      Shut your mouth when you're talking to me!
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                      • #12
                        kreicji. he knows more about baseball than many guys have forgot. He lives for it. However, i feel he is a little stubborn on two areas. 1. How he teaches to bunt 2. the swing
                        Originally posted by cosmo34 View Post
                        Cam or Kreicji?

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                        • #13
                          A-Rod does something similar.

                          Chris, you got a picture of that?

                          So maybe compare A-Rod and Pujols at contact and beyond and see how it differs from another hitter that doesn't do it.

                          -scott
                          "There are no miracles in sports. Miracles have been rehearsed hundreds of times in practice." - Scott Waz

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hawkiirock View Post
                            kreicji. he knows more about baseball than many guys have forgot. He lives for it. However, i feel he is a little stubborn on two areas. 1. How he teaches to bunt 2. the swing
                            A little? Ha. Like the man outside of baseball, but his methods of coaching are not something I agree with, and I never once agreed with anything he said about hitting. My swing still has yet to recover from his "methods".

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hawkiirock View Post
                              However, i feel he is a little stubborn...
                              You've just described most of those who coach baseball, especially those who coach college and in the professional ranks.
                              "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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