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Lots of topics covered here by Alex Rodriguez.  I'd love to get some feedback from hitting coaches to see what we can use and not use from this video when coaching young players.

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Comment by Bryan Eisenberg on May 9, 2019 at 7:40am

I asked Bobby about it and he says he doesn’t think about it that way. The pitcher throwing from a mound releases his hips at a downward angle and a hitter who is properly hinged in a load is releasing his hips and shoulders (maintaining a neutral spine) are releasing at an uphill angle similar to the pitcher. You might hit a fastball in the same plane as it is coming in but not a curveball. Does that make sense?

Comment by Richard Lovell on May 10, 2019 at 9:23pm
Brandon, it sounds like you are confusing launch angle with bat path. Launch angle is the angle the ball leaves the bat. If the ball is thrown at a downward angle of 6 degrees and the hitter is swing up at 6 degrees and the ball cane off the bat at 6 degrees, it wouldn’t get out of the IF. It would be caught. A good, line drive launch angle is roughly 25 degrees up. 39 degrees with enough exit velocity and its over the wall. Think about it this way; if I swing up at the same angle the ball is coming, but I happen to shave the top of the ball of, I would have a negative launch angle-ground ball, bottom half of the ball and line drive to fly ball. If I swing up or down too much, high flyball, pop up or ground ball. Good luck and hope that helps.
Comment by Richard Lovell on May 10, 2019 at 9:33pm
Brandon, sorry, somehow I just have hit post. Matching the plane of the swing to the plane of the pit h is something Ted Williams talked about, as did Mike Epstein. Both were way ahead of their time regarding swinging slightly up, Technique vs Style and other aspects of the swing without focusing on areas that don’t affect your swing such as stance, stride and finish. Again, launch angle is measured by the angle that the ball leaves the bat. Also, no one swings up at 20 degrees. As you stated, they swing up at the angle the pitch is coming, plane to plane and then maybe some of the ‘big’ hitters try and ‘lift’ the ball some by allowing the barrel to follow the trajectory of the ball off the bat, but they certainly don’t begin their swing at 20 degrees up. That would give them less time in the zone. Although, I suppose you could probably find at least one pro hitter out there that has swung at 20 degrees up, but I doubt they stayed in the pros long. Anyway, good stuff and good luck.
Comment by Richard Lovell on May 10, 2019 at 9:45pm
Okay, as far as what we can use or not use. Anything about Approach to Hitting, such as mindset, etc at the plate from ARod, use. Talking about technique and the swing, not much. I’ve used his swing for comparative analysis with my hitters and I have never talked about ARod swing down or hitting down on the ball as he described here. That may be what he thinks or works On away from games, or his “feel” during the swing, but most hitters feel something different.

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