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I have a coach saying keep your bat straight up in your stance to get the bat to the zone quicker,
I have mine angled toward the pitcher. Don't most players have a bat angled toward the pitcher and don't you have to get to this spot before you hit anyway? Barrel toward the pitcher handle toward the catcher. Thanks for help See pics
I think you hit most points fairly well, but let me offer a couple of things on your statement.
True, I agree the stance has no effect on the swing. Not one bit, not even a little bit...loved it. And should not be messed with or changed unless the stance is the cause for any flaws from heel plant/Launch and ultimately to Power-V. You use a lot of the same terminology I do, so that makes me think you have either read a lot of information by Mike Epstein, or you are an Epstein Instructor. What I will clarify a little is when you state that "this torque is what allows the back hip to fire and rotate after the elbow slots". First, torque is what is created by the separation of the lower body and upper body-two opposing forces working together to create bat speed and power. Yes, the front shoulder being tilted down/closed and the hips beginning to open creates torque, but that is not necessarily what causes the hip to fire. The back knee pinching in initiates the swing and a conscious decision to "fire" then back hip is made. I can initiate my back hip without keeping my shoulders closed, although little, if any torque/separation would be created. Second, the back elbow slotting is somewhat of a misnomer, or over teach...meaning that a lot of hitters are now being taught to actively slot the elbow instead of it being the result of a cause...the shoulders turning through. When you actively slot the elbow too much this can lead to bat drag (elbow leading the knob), negative angle at Approach, long swing (end of bat behind rear foot). By the way, I really like your Rentier and Bonds analogies...spot on, but part of that, the balance [part, I think a lot of people get wrong as well. Balance to me in a swing is comprised of two parts; Static and Dynamic Balance. Static in the stance and dynamic coming into front heel plant through Finish. As long as the head is in the center of the body, regardless of how far it travels during the stride if a player takes a stride, when the front heel plants, that player is balanced. To me, it has nothing to do with a coach walking up, pushing a player and that player falling back...that is a parlor trick because as the coach tells the player about staying balanced and then pushes the player again, the player is ready for it and braces himself. No miracle there. It was fun reading your posts...
The ideal swing is a combination of linearity and rotation across the entire torso (i.e. the legs, core, and upper arms. The legs and upper body move around the central axis, creating torque against the loaded hands-bat combo, which ideally is loaded in the wrist and extremely tightly coupled with very strong hands (ideally). Then, after the legs, then upper body, the hands will Ideally bring the sweet-spot Directly to the ball in a linear fashion (i.e. joining the same line of momentum the lower body began). This happens only momentarily, but it ought to be a conscious effort, as it keeps your body's energy from being wasted in directions that are not in fair territory.
The last element is the most POTENT, the unlocking of the bodies energy through the HANDS and into the ball. This is the point that gives the illusion of "rotational hitting". I heard the inventor of the Stacked Handle baseball bat, an engineer, describe to me this most important element in the following way: "your rear forearm must stay below the "lead" or lower forearm all the way through the strike." "Lunch" McKensie, ex USA Olympic team trainer (trained A-Rod and Joe Mauer), agrees via a testimonial on the Stacked Handle site (www.stackedhandle.com).I challenge you to find a well a myriad of well struck baseballs and examine this detail alone.
You will find it to be invariably true to a larger degree that the forearm relationship is as such. To site someone is a major league hitter does not necessarily mean that he understands the physics of hitting. More often, major league players have marginally better hitting skills than their minor league counterparts, but, instead, they are larger and stronger than those counterparts. Therefore, a larger percentage of their "moderately well" struck balls end up in a highly desirable effect, e.g. - a home-run. In other words HUGE guys can get away with bad habits, even at the major league level.
Remember, the idea is not to hit balls hard. The idea is to hit balls hard...fair. Rotating a swing around ones body, is not how one gets the most out of their bodies energy if their goal is to hit balls into the field of play. If you want to train hitters to hit the longest foul balls you have ever seen, then yeah, rotate. Otherwise, rotate to get unlock your bodies potential energy, then rush your hands directly at the ball and apply your wrists at impact.
Your last paragraph just doesn't make sense. Yes, the idea is to hit ball hard in fair territory, but to rush your hands directly at the ball and apply wrists at at impact. Really? First, just the statement of rush your hands directly to the ball makes me question your understanding of how the swing really works...and you certainly don't apply the wrists at impact if you mean to roll them or actively snap them. About the hands; the bat is released from near the shoulder out of bat lag and the barrel travels to the ball, not the hands. Also, keeping the knob inside the ball should be a given considering it is almost impossible to get the knob of theta outside the baseball and if you do, you are going to get hit. The barrel of the bat should stay inside the baseball, not the knob, or the hands or anything else. Except maybe the obvious, the body, but let's not get too ridiculous.