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Virtual Baseball Simulators...

Started by Jose M Hernandez. Last reply by Jalal Leach Feb 10. 2 Replies

Virtual baseball simulator. Good? Not Good? Anybody has any experience and thoughts on how good, or not good, this is or can be? Thanks in advance for your input.Continue

Tags: basball, Virtual

Does This Make Sense?

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Rod Haney Jul 11, 2014. 10 Replies

I saw this article where Dale Sveum, Royals Hitting Coach discusses the struggle that…Continue

Tags: coach, batting, hitting, instruction, opposite

What is a "PURE HITTER?"

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Michael Richards Jun 25, 2014. 7 Replies

I am reading this article on ESPN, "Who are MLB's best pure hitters?" and it made me think.  I think…Continue

Tags: Magadan, Dave, Gary, Hughes, philosophy

Attention All Hitting Coaches: What mindset do you teach your hitters?

Started by Dave Holt. Last reply by Phil Schnorr Jun 19, 2014. 22 Replies

Calling all hitting coaches: What kind of mindset do you teach your hitters? Do you want them to think aggressively and…Continue

Tags: approach, positive, devloping, batting, tips

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Comment by BRANDON BULL on February 11, 2015 at 11:50am

Here is a live game swing.

Comment by BRANDON BULL on February 4, 2015 at 3:00pm

Thank you for your feedback.

Comment by J Edwards on February 4, 2015 at 2:51pm

In my opinion his foundation is being coached out of him.

There are only a few "absolutes in a good swing"

1) core engagement sequencing

2) The timing of that core engagement start

3) The direction of that core engament

All great hitters do those three things the same based on the moving ball.

Everything else is a players individual style and only an absolute to that one particular hitter.

Your son HAD those 3 absolutes NOW he doesn't.

Comment by J Edwards on February 4, 2015 at 2:42pm

Ok Brandon now lets look at Josh Hamilton when he was with Rangers.

Its a 4 clip video....all 4 clips are the same swing.

The two clips on left are what Hamilton does BEFORE the ball is released by the pitcher.

The two clips on the right are what Hamilton does AFTER the ball is released the pitcher.

Do you see the rear hip COIL (hip load) on the right which happens while the ball is in the air?

Critical! Your son HAD IT.....Now he doesn't! So after he picks up his stride leg and gets it to its height. He now must coil the rear hip towards the ball. This one move loads his hands AND moves his stride leg out.

Having a leg kick with a core not engaged is like walking on ice. That leg kick alone DOES NOT engage his core. He must use his core to do that. All that leg kick does is give him a false feel of engagement. Which in reality lowers his feel ceiling.

Comment by BRANDON BULL on February 4, 2015 at 2:36pm

I see what your saying.  I prefer a very simple swing for him.  I like him to find his swing rather than me coaching into him but I want to make sure he is fundamental so he has a strong foundation for him to build his swing with.  In your opinion it sounds like your saying he has that foundation?

Comment by J Edwards on February 4, 2015 at 2:33pm

Brandon...I see loading in that swing. That barrel loads down behind him very well! I really like that swing to contact. Really like it!!!

Here lets look at some timing issues caused and related to the pitched baseball.

Your son is very very very similar to Chase Utley. Utley has no movement rhythm which is similar to your son.

On the left is what Utley does WHILE THE BALL IS STILL IN THE PITCHER HAND......

On the right is what Utley does ONCE THE BALL IS IN THE AIR....

Comment by J Edwards on February 4, 2015 at 2:23pm

I just want to point out something here......by asking a couple questions.

1) Does his stride leg reach out?

2) Does his stride leg get moved out by his coiling rear hip?

3) Does his hands load back from his hands or arms?

4) Does his hands load back by the coiling in the rear hip?

5) Which direction does that rear hip coil towards?

Brandon...in your sons old swing he has one move to swing like Longoria does. In his new swing he has segmented individual movements to swing the bat.

Comment by BRANDON BULL on February 4, 2015 at 2:15pm

Part of the issue J Edwards is his set up has changed as in a lot of hitters he isnt comfortable with the open stance any longer so he changed that.  The problem we were having in games he wasn't loading at all and therefore was getting on his front foot and or swinging late.  So the leg kick is not a permanent addition to his swing rather a work in progress to help gain the "feeling" of the load.  When he had the open stance as is the video before he was forced to load before he could stride.Bry%20Swing%20012515.MOV  This is a game swing with no load. 

Comment by J Edwards on February 4, 2015 at 2:01pm

Brandon....what I really want to say is that his movement is being coached out of him.....so how do you say this politely? It looks like another hitter coached out of his ceiling and potential. But I say that respectfully hoping it jogs the mind and heart.

Comment by J Edwards on February 4, 2015 at 1:59pm

Hey Brandon....Hope all is well.....

What was wrong with this swing?

His new swing not as good.

The leg kick in the new swing gives him a false feel of loading. He isn't loading.

In his old swing his rear hip coils forward and that ONE move causes his stride leg to be moved out and his hands to load. The leg kick is ok....but (like a pitcher) he must load his rear hip at the end of the leg kick height.

Have a great afternoon and I hope you can find the high level movements he had in the old swing.

 

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