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can swinging an axe at a tree help??

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  • #16
    THOP's answer reminded me of a game back in LL Playoffs that we had. Our "slugger" arrived with badly gnarled fingers and hands and could barely squeeze a bat. He had been chopping wood all afternoon. I think he had 2 or 3 K's that night.

    Chopping wood was one way the Old Timers stayed in shape during the off season. Players like Honus Wagner and Cy Young who lived on farms or ranches would chop many cords of wood to increase their strength.
    "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
    "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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    • #17
      Chopping wood will definatly strengthen you. If you can swing a heavy ax then a 30 oz bat will be no problem. at first your hands are going to hurt but once you getused to it it's great.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by baseballislife2008 View Post
        Can swinging an axe at a tree trying to cut it down help develop mechanics that promote using the body in a baseball swing???
        I believe No. The axe swing uses the wrist alot. The wrist uncocks before contact. If your train muscle memory to uncock before contact, that would ruin your baseball swing. That is if you believe the hands do little in the baseball swing.
        Using an ax does strengthen your arms. If you can strengthen you arms without uncocking, it would be good since arm strength is a very efficient way to improve the power of an amature swing.

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        • #19
          Yes. Ted Williams once described hitting as being just like a wood chopper cutting down a tree at a slight uppercut. Swinging an axe into a tree requires a "palm up, palm down" technique, else the blade will not cut into the tree. This same technique will prevent rolling the wrists over before contact.

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          • #20
            Not my style of 'turn the barrel towards the ball':

            Looks the same because both hitters are swinging the same but, not my style.

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            • #21
              Warning! Warning!!

              You “launch angle“ approach guru's better not try this, for the blade will upwardly glance off the face of the tree and split you where the Sun does shine !! and you "match the plane" Guru's will do the same when practicing drop curves!

              No, Really?.

              Really!
              Primum non nocere

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              • #22
                don't know if it helped by my dad convinced me that ali trained for frazier (I think) by going into the woods and chopping trees. just so happened we had a stand of trees in the back that needed clearing.
                he still laughs at me about that one, thirty plus years later, but I can still drop a tree on a dime (because that's a life skill that has gotten me far in corporate America).

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by rdbass View Post
                  Not my style of 'turn the barrel towards the ball':

                  Looks the same because both hitters are swinging the same but, not my style.
                  rd, you are the man. You can't beat video evidence. This confirms what I was thinking, but had no basis for. And dirt brings another great point about launch angle.

                  Axe swinging would help with muscles, but would not help with technique. It's mostly coil out, swing down. Hitting is coil in, then coil out swing up.

                  So, it probably help if you have a bad swing, but would be detrimental overall.

                  Of course I recommend spending a few minutes in front of a mirror to fix your coil inward. Its quicker and less sweaty.
                  Last edited by songtitle; 01-11-2019, 08:19 AM.
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                  • #24
                    I think it is like any exercise, it has its usefulness. I try and get my kids to work on their coil when they throw medicine ball against the wall. Obviously, they can't have the same mechanics as a regular swing, but can strengthen their core muscles.

                    Now, all I need is a way to link mowing the lawn with baseball, and I can put my kid to a lot of extra practice.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Billbarry7712 View Post
                      Yes. Ted Williams once described hitting as being just like a wood chopper cutting down a tree at a slight uppercut. Swinging an axe into a tree requires a "palm up, palm down" technique, else the blade will not cut into the tree. This same technique will prevent rolling the wrists over before contact.
                      This is an old, old thread, but since people don't generally cut down trees with axes very much anymore, it's a pretty unhelpful analogy IMO.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Dirtberry View Post
                        Warning! Warning!!

                        You “launch angle“ approach guru's better not try this, for the blade will upwardly glance off the face of the tree and split you where the Sun does shine !! and you "match the plane" Guru's will do the same when practicing drop curves!

                        No, Really?.

                        Really!
                        Launch angle is not attack angle, but anyway, I think the axeman has to make both downward and upward cuts to create a notch in the tree.

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                        • #27
                          I don't know if swinging an axe at a tree will help with swing mechanics, but I can guarantee that splitting wood will make you strong strong strong if you do it frequently.
                          Ty Cobb-"Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher."

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                          • #28
                            I have cut down a lot of trees. I cut down some trees, trimmed some limbs, burned some leaves, ... of my neighbor's two weekends ago. They were transferred to the Pentagon and I told them I would clean their place up for them to sell it. I have to say, I don't think I looked like the guy on the right one time.
                            Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.

                            I am an ex expert. I've done this long enough to know that those who think that they know it all, know nothing.

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                            • #29
                              They have this new contraption called a chainsaw, check it out...

                              I grew up on a farm and we heard with wood... Dad had a double bit axe. Only ever used it for crushing gallon jugs of ice with the flat side for making homemade ice cream...

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by bbrages View Post
                                They have this new contraption called a chainsaw, check it out...

                                I grew up on a farm and we heard with wood... Dad had a double bit axe. Only ever used it for crushing gallon jugs of ice with the flat side for making homemade ice cream...
                                LOL I have one of them. One area I had to trim and cut down some trees was on the easement between my neighbor's yard and the farmer behind. I know that some of those trees were used to attach wire fencing to back in the day so, I didn't want to risk it.
                                Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.

                                I am an ex expert. I've done this long enough to know that those who think that they know it all, know nothing.

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