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  • cosmo34
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    Originally posted by rkbenn View Post
    Taught by the A's and 2 time National Champs OSU. Your opinion. Watch a major league swing in slow motion.

    I'm slightly upset that we share the same name.

    I think you don't have an understanding of what "squish the bug" really means. If you did, you would be running away from it like the plague.

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  • Chris O'Leary
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    Originally posted by rkbenn View Post
    Taught by the A's and 2 time National Champs OSU. Your opinion. Watch a major league swing in slow motion.
    It may be widely taught, but it's still wrong.

    Pujols isn't squishing the bug in the photo you posted.

    He certainly isn't squishing the bug in this photo...

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  • Chris O'Leary
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    Originally posted by rkbenn View Post
    This is a youth batter...Hello!
    8Us are second graders.

    The kids on my rec team are plenty capable of getting decent hip rotation.

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  • Baseball gLove
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    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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  • Go Cardinals
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    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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  • Mark H
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    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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  • rkbenn
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    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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  • rkbenn
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    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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  • Mark H
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    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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  • Chris O'Leary
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    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.

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  • LAball
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    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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  • Chris O'Leary
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    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.

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  • Chris O'Leary
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    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.

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  • rkbenn
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    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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  • pauly21
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    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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