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  • Swing Suggestions - Video link

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=SZ_dirv5WdI

    Any suggestions.

    Makes good contact, does not strike out.

    Just having issues with lack of power and hitting
    into the ground a lot (i know the video is a pop up)

    Thanks for any suggestions.

  • #2
    He sets his hands in a great position to hit, but doesn't seem to load. I would recommend bringing the hands back as the pitch comes in, and leaning back on his right leg. This will help get the legs and hips into his swing. From what I saw it looked an all wrist and arms swing.

    These look like very young ballplayers, so it's good to see their coach working on proper technique from a very early age. Keep it up.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tip184 View Post
      He sets his hands in a great position to hit, but doesn't seem to load.
      1. I think his hands are too high. I would prefer that they were closer to the height of his back elbow.

      2. I don't like how the head of the bat drops out of the swing plane and down behind him.

      3. It looks like he's trying to swing down on the ball.

      4. On the plus side, he shows less bat drag than most. Of course, this may be limiting his power at this age.
      Last edited by Chris O'Leary; 05-28-2008, 11:33 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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      • #4
        Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

        I have noticed that his hands are REALLY low at impact and right after,
        could this be from having his hands too high and swinging down on the ball?

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        • #5
          He doesn't have the proper plane of the swing.

          1. toes in a bit
          2. keep his weight back, he's transferring all his weight forward (he should be balanced, or weight back)
          3. Right elbow will come into the body, and the butt of the bat will be pointed at the pitcher. On your son the butt of the bat is pointed at the spot he is hitting it, right into the ground.

          Make sure he has the proper grip on the bat, tell him the squash the but (meaning back foot should rotate inward so the toe is pointed at the pitching and so is the belly button)

          Lastly,

          Hirer a hitting coach. At 9 my son swings a $30 bat and was the best hitter in AA, till he got called up to AAA because he was killing them in AA. I laugh at the dad that buys the $300 bat for a kid that can't swing.

          I noticed a couple more things, but I didn't want to type a novel.

          Rob

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pauly21 View Post
            I have noticed that his hands are REALLY low at impact and right after, could this be from having his hands too high and swinging down on the ball?
            Yes, it can.
            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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            • #7
              Originally posted by rkbenn View Post
              2. keep his weight back, he's transferring all his weight forward (he should be balanced, or weight back)
              This is bad advice.


              Originally posted by rkbenn View Post
              tell him the squash the but (meaning back foot should rotate inward so the toe is pointed at the pitching and so is the belly button)
              This is bad advice.
              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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              • #8
                I think squish the bug is good for beginer batter. Ok for U11 batter. But once HS comes around its time to move on. At a young age it maybe harder to teach the more finite conceps of hitting to U11 and if the the kid has an akward swing, squish the bug maybe the ideal choice.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LAball View Post
                  I think squish the bug is good for beginer batter. Ok for U11 batter. But once HS comes around its time to move on. At a young age it maybe harder to teach the more finite conceps of hitting to U11 and if the the kid has an akward swing, squish the bug maybe the ideal choice.
                  I am teaching my 8Us the lower body action of the Major League Swing and none have a major problem doing it.

                  Squish the bug is a seemingly logical, but actually unnecessary, interim step.
                  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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                  • #10
                    I agree with very little so far in this thread besides the above post. This hitter, and dad, need to understand athletic posture, good rotation and how to use that posture and rotation to turn into the ball. Here's a link to help illustrate some of these things to get you started. After that, I suggest Englishbey's materials but get someone's program and implement it. http://imageevent.com/siggy/hitting/...lcp2i01.lion_s

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chris O'Leary View Post
                      I am teaching my 8Us the lower body action of the Major League Swing and none have a major problem doing it.

                      Squish the bug is a seemingly logical, but actually unnecessary, interim step.

                      This is a youth batter...Hello!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Chris O'Leary View Post
                        This is bad advice.




                        This is bad advice.
                        Taught by the A's and 2 time National Champs OSU. Your opinion. Watch a major league swing in slow motion.
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                        Last edited by rkbenn; 05-28-2008, 09:25 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Chris is very right about this. Good news is you have come across some very important ideas you need to understand.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mark H View Post
                            Chris is very right about this.
                            I agree with you mark h


                            wow, what has the world come to

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rkbenn View Post
                              He doesn't have the proper plane of the swing.

                              1. toes in a bit
                              2. keep his weight back, he's transferring all his weight forward (he should be balanced, or weight back)
                              3. Right elbow will come into the body, and the butt of the bat will be pointed at the pitcher. On your son the butt of the bat is pointed at the spot he is hitting it, right into the ground.

                              Make sure he has the proper grip on the bat, tell him the squash the but (meaning back foot should rotate inward so the toe is pointed at the pitching and so is the belly button)

                              Lastly,

                              Hirer a hitting coach. At 9 my son swings a $30 bat and was the best hitter in AA, till he got called up to AAA because he was killing them in AA. I laugh at the dad that buys the $300 bat for a kid that can't swing.

                              I noticed a couple more things, but I didn't want to type a novel.

                              Rob

                              I agree he is shifting forward. No MLB hitter squashes the bug. Squash the bug is a bad teach. I show the kids to turn the hips 1st and keep the hands even or behind the belly button/ inside and above the ball until contact.
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