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  • Swing Analysis - Level Swing producing pop-ups (and HRs) see video

    I put together a highlight real of the HRs I caught of my son during BP. It's nice, and we've watched it together 100 times grinning ear to ear, but I want your opinion on his swing.

    The last few games of the year, he got into a slump hitting pop-ups. But, he wasn't swinging up. He had the same swing as in this video. He was just missing it by hitting the bottom half / quarter of the ball I guess? Or do you think it's swing related? I was just surprised that it produced as many late season pop ups as it did.

    http://youtu.be/3A3mUd9mQ1Y

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    Does he have an agent yet? If he doesn't, I'll be glad to be his agent. Just sayin.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by utseay View Post
      I put together a highlight real of the HRs I caught of my son during BP. It's nice, and we've watched it together 100 times grinning ear to ear, but I want your opinion on his swing.

      The last few games of the year, he got into a slump hitting pop-ups. But, he wasn't swinging up. He had the same swing as in this video. He was just missing it by hitting the bottom half / quarter of the ball I guess? Or do you think it's swing related? I was just surprised that it produced as many late season pop ups as it did.

      http://youtu.be/3A3mUd9mQ1Y
      Very cool clip!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by utseay View Post
        I put together a highlight real of the HRs I caught of my son during BP. It's nice, and we've watched it together 100 times grinning ear to ear, but I want your opinion on his swing.

        The last few games of the year, he got into a slump hitting pop-ups. But, he wasn't swinging up. He had the same swing as in this video. He was just missing it by hitting the bottom half / quarter of the ball I guess? Or do you think it's swing related? I was just surprised that it produced as many late season pop ups as it did.

        http://youtu.be/3A3mUd9mQ1Y
        I like you and your kid. You guys are crazy.

        It reminds me of the comedian that talks about the difference between your 1st kid and your 3rd kid. Your first kid has every moment documented through photographs and video. You have multiple sources that record their every move. Your third kid's history goes directly from "birth picture at the hospital" to "kindergarten photo". Ha Ha.

        It's interesting that kids his age will literally "grow up on youtube". I don;t say that as an insult, I wish I had my kid's T-Ball games on video.

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        From the mechanical standpoint, so many balls are hit in the air because the ball is "coming in like rainbow". When the pitch plane flattens out, so will many of the batted balls. I prefer a swing path that will get more balls into the air.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CircleChange11 View Post
          I like you and your kid. You guys are crazy.

          It reminds me of the comedian that talks about the difference between your 1st kid and your 3rd kid. Your first kid has every moment documented through photographs and video. You have multiple sources that record their every move. Your third kid's history goes directly from "birth picture at the hospital" to "kindergarten photo". Ha Ha.

          It's interesting that kids his age will literally "grow up on youtube". I don;t say that as an insult, I wish I had my kid's T-Ball games on video.

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          From the mechanical standpoint, so many balls are hit in the air because the ball is "coming in like rainbow". When the pitch plane flattens out, so will many of the batted balls. I prefer a swing path that will get more balls into the air.
          It's funny that you say that, because it's kind of like an addiction. It started out as "I've got to video his first ever hit in Wee Ball" to "I'm going to get his first season of ball on video" to "I've got his first 5 seasons on video, can't stop now"...ha.

          But thanks...the angle / arc of the ball makes sense.

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          • #6
            First of all he is having lots of fun so that should be fostered and cultivated.

            Second he is only 5 so it will be hard to explain technical aspects of hitting and him not get glassy eyed.

            Buy the book "The Science of Hitting" by Ted Williams and understand it backwards and forwards so that by the time he is 9 y.o. you can have meaningful discussions.

            Just don't let any coach mess with his swing. :gt

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            • #7
              Originally posted by utseay View Post
              I put together a highlight real of the HRs I caught of my son during BP. It's nice, and we've watched it together 100 times grinning ear to ear, but I want your opinion on his swing.

              The last few games of the year, he got into a slump hitting pop-ups. But, he wasn't swinging up. He had the same swing as in this video. He was just missing it by hitting the bottom half / quarter of the ball I guess? Or do you think it's swing related? I was just surprised that it produced as many late season pop ups as it did.

              http://youtu.be/3A3mUd9mQ1Y
              Swinging with a ridiculous uppercut (30-35 degrees) doesn't produce pop ups. Swinging DOWN produces pop-ups, and that's what most coaches don't understand.

              It could be from barrel dump as well. There's a swing in there that looks like he drops his hands.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pstein View Post
                Swinging with a ridiculous uppercut (30-35 degrees) doesn't produce pop ups. Swinging DOWN produces pop-ups, and that's what most coaches don't understand.

                It could be from barrel dump as well. There's a swing in there that looks like he drops his hands.
                Good point on the degrees comment.

                So the hands should always be above the ball?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by utseay View Post
                  Good point on the degrees comment.

                  So the hands should always be above the ball?
                  Yes, if you're swinging at strikes. This is what "Stay on top of the ball" means.

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