Ken and Bret Van Bogaert 2015-11-24 04:35:31
Newton’s Third Law of Physics states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This holds true in hitting. If we want to unleash a powerful unwind of our hips, which provides the base power for our swing, then we should be winding or coiling the hips on the pre-swing timing. Often we see hitters simply step or stride forward towards the ball, and then turn the hips open. Hip power is limited. A far more effective action is to coil or wind your hips as you time the pitch. This can be enhanced in your stance by pushing the back knee in. Your weight should fall on the inside of your rear foot. When the time is right to start the first movement or “ba” part of your swing, slowly wind your hips. The front foot follows the lead knee during the wind of the hips, and the entire body is pushed forward off the back foot due to the weight placement in the stance. As the ball gets closer, the tempo of the hip coil and body movement forward off the back foot quickens. As the ball reaches our zone of attack, the front foot, which was pulled back by the hip coil, will rapidly move forward and become the brace leg. As the brace leg lands, our body will explosively unwind against it. This movement creates a very powerful rotational swing. The initial wind created the opposite reaction of a violent and powerful hip rotation, a movement that becomes very natural and comfortable after some drilling. This wind and unwind is the base for a rotational swing. Timing is performed during the wind, rather than simply on a linear stride forward. A hitter can speed up or slow down the tempo of the coiling to fine-tune the timing of the pitch. The body is angled back for a tighter rotation, and less upper-body lunging creates more consistency. As the hips open, there is just enough time to feel the hands and upper body following both the movement and angle the hips have set, to snap the wrists and bat head into the part of the ball we want to hit. Many hitters feel the snap happens naturally if the hip rotation is powerful. Slugger Scott Kirby says his “hips snap the wrists.” For us and most of the recreational hitters we work with, the wrist snap is a part of the swing that must be drilled to be crisp and eliminate bat drag, but the better the hip rotation is, the easier and more natural the snap becomes. The “Bat On The Hip Drill” is a great on-deck drill to help you to focus on timing, tempo and angle. By holding the bat against the hips points, and performing the wind and unwind, we can explosively work Newton’s Law Third Law of Physics and we hope the following reaction is a four hit game! In-depth drills and instruction can be found on our website and “Swing Makeover” Youtube hitting series. It’s free, and all shows are listed at www.sportstechnique.com. We will be on board as instructors during Softball Magazine’s first-ever Senior Training Camp on Dec. 2-5. Spots are running out so we hope you can attend so that we can meet you there! Also Bret and I will be doing December and January lessons in St. Petersburg, Florida. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
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