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Comment by Michael Richards on March 5, 2014 at 2:27pm
Well it certainly worked for him!
Comment by Don Ervin on August 28, 2014 at 11:12am

Yes, Michael it certainly did work for him, you sound a little skeptical, there are some body movements that he neglected to mention during his various teaching sessions and in his book such as the initial knee pivot to initiate the hips, the up and down shoulder tilt on a lateral axis all on a vertical plane instead of a rotational shoulder movement, what he mentioned about the quick usage of the hands is most important, the hands are a batters two power sources which work together in opposite directions{PUSH PULL} in opposite directions, the very reason how Ted and 170 pounder Hank Aaron in particular could hit home runs with consistency, when I was a youngster the pull push hand movements method was thought to be the correct way, then as usual sports science research proved otherwise, that top hand movement with bottom hand pull was, is the correct way for the two power sources, the hands to create maximum explosive ball exit from the barrel at contact.

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Comment by Michael Richards on August 28, 2014 at 12:29pm
My comment was so long ago that I can't remember if I was being skeptical of this teaching method. The exclamation point behind my sentence leads me to believe that I was praising his ability. Maybe I don't think the average player can replicate Ted Williams' success based on emulation of what worked for him. As far as the hands thing goes that you mentioned, I think that putting too much emphasis on this "push-pull" technique can cause hitters to tense up the wrists and actually reduce bat speed. Power is bat speed not push or pull strength. The only advantage I can see to having above average hand strength is when trying to check a swing.

Hands guide but they need to "release", which means that the barrel of the bat has already achieved maximum velocity so the hands need to clear so the bat can come through un-impinged. Ever seen a one handed home run? It was the bottom hand every time. The top hand was not pushing for more power, it was letting the bat swing free. Basically the hands are a pivot point that could be nothing more than a swivel and you could still hit with power. Power comes from the ground up and the hands being second to the last chain in the power to speed continuum are nearly all speed with little power with the barrel of the bat being the final link at 100% speed (power comes from weight of barrel).
It certainly works for me!

PS You mention Hank Aaron's size as if that proves that the hands generate power. I argue the opposite. A smaller person has to use the larger muscles of the body to generate power and the hands carry the speed. Thighs, hips, buttocks, all the core muscles and shoulders need to get engaged for a powerful swing. The hands are merely the conduit that transfers the power into speed of the bat.

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