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Re: Dipping back shoulder

Posted by: Jack Mankin (MrBatspeed@aol.com) on Wed Oct 31 20:07:18 2007

>>> Hi Jack,

My 11 year old son has been using the mechanics outlined in your "Final Arc" video with good success. He has a slight problem dipping is rear should as he begins to go into "launch". Any suggestions?

Hi Tom

I would suggest that you first determine what is causing his shoulder to dip. Or, is it just rotating lower during initiation as in the Bonds clip (Bonds - shoulder tilt or rotation) above. Another mechanic that appears as “shoulder dip” is when a batter lowers an elevated back-elbow. The shoulder socket is hinged at the breastbone so that the socket raises and lowers 3 to 5 inches as the elbow is raised and lowered.

You will normally find the hips slide forward when a batter bends his axis to dip (or tilt) his back shoulder. If his hips are sliding forward to accommodate a dip, he does have a problem. But first, I would make sure he actually has a problem.

Jack Mankin


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