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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.
Here is a 13 yr old demonstrating launch angle.
Wow , I first expected A-rod to be off from listening to him on ESPN but I never expected him to be way off.
I was intrigued by no launch angle because it is simply a term used often by people trying to reinvent the wheel and take credit for something that has been around since baseball began.( rules for making a living in baseball today is to re-name things take credit for it add some statistics and a pie chart pass it off as original scientific research in collaboration with NASA and flaunt your IVY league degree in turn of the century gender studies)
it only makes sense that you want to engage as many muscles as possible while getting the best hitting surface on the plane with the path of the ball. A-rod didn't hit the way he says you are supposed to hit and it is scary that he has had Major League hitting coaches?
you want the force directly applied to the ball by staying on plane with the ball not chopping and creating backspin? Backspin happens from hitting just under center not from hitting the top half of ball as A-rod is describing.
there is a difference of feel and what is real. A-rod may "feel" he is hitting the top half of the ball and swinging straight down but he is NOT?
he would run the risk of disconnecting from his core and bigger muscles..
You stay on the plane by allowing your top hand to come under straight to ball and the guiding hand can't come under and to the ball if it s on top.
My good friend and professional hitting coach Bobby Tewksbary who has worked back to back year with MLB MVPs, does a great job explaining launch angle in this video.
Every swing has a launch angle. A bunt has a launch angle. What Arod does not talk about is how long your bat should be on plane with the pitch. In his explanation (which he never did while playing) you would have to time everything exactly to make contact.
Good stuff, Bryan!
Bobby's explanation is one of the best I've heard.
Bryan great video and explanation on launch angle. Any chance you have a video that explains launch angle as it relates to pitch plain.
Brandon can you explain it a bit better what you are looking at? Bobby is working on some unique stuff where he is collecting a ton of data using Flightscope at games from 14u to D1 college and I think I know what you are looking for but really want to be clear before I ask him to produce it.
Bryan the correlation we teach is to try and match launch angle to the plane of the pitch. As every pitch is coming downhill we want to try and match that with the launch angle so we give ourselves as hitters the best chance at solid contact even if we might be a touch early or late on our timing. Stay in the hitting zone as long as possible on plane. I posted a video of a 13 year old demonstrating what we work on. He is just trying to match his swing to the plane of the pitch and by doing that we have a slight upward swing around 20 degrees resulting in a hard line drive. Here is a video of MLB show explaining Yelich doing the same thing. I was hoping you maybe had a video using the hittrax that could show the same idea with a pitch downward at 15 degrees and a swing matching that pitch plane.
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