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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Do we hit with our hips - or shoulders

Posted by: Graylon (g_dunc@hotmail.com) on Mon Feb 11 19:35:10 2008

> > > > > > Hi All
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> > > > > > I have often stated that “the goal of hip rotation in the swing is to aid in generating a more powerful shoulder rotation.” Therefore, would it not be more accurate to say “we hit with our shoulders” rather than “we hit with our hips?” Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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> > > > > > Jack Mankin
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> > > > > Hi Jack
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> > > > > Just a note then we we then say we hit with our arms which rotate around because of our shoulders and then we then would hit with our hands because our arms rotate around.
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> > > > > I would see the statement that we hit the ball by using our body not just using the bat. Make your body move correctly and the bat will get to the hitting area with power and ease creating the best chance to get a hit but if you use the bat to hit the ball the success of hitting the ball is followed by failure to produce a hit.
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> > > > > Efficient swings are created by eliminating resistance during the swinging process thus if the back foot does not turn the hips will encounter resistance when rotating if the hips do not turn then the shoulders have resistance during their rotation and so on. Resistance will feel like power because it feels like you are doing a strong movement but that strong movement is the muscles fighting to work against the resistance. The easiest swing is the swing where a 200 pound body is rotating/moving a less then two pound object.
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> > > > > Resistance within a swing is created when any movement forward is stopped in order for the body to rotate in one spot. Every swing has some component of forward momentum and the ability to control that momentum without compromising ease of rotation will lead to more efficient swings.
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> > > > > Jack, the closer to the bat that you put the focus of the swing (shoulders instead of hips)the less likely that the swing will be efficient enough to produce consistent hits. I can tell my students just to lift and turn their back foot and they do not even have to worry about turning their hips which produces shoulder rotation and so on and so on. A hitter can still make an error later in their swing then turning their foot or their hips but at least they are in the right position to produce the powerful swing once they make those corrections.
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> > > > > Dave P
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> > > > An interesting point of view. I'm always most interested in what coaches actually say to their hitters, to key their swing.
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> > > > We have had some success coming at it from the other direction. We work at getting into the correct launch position but from there we focus almost entirely on the front shoulder, and initiating by exploding it around. Yes, some things will happen in the legs, hips and torso before the shoulder actually comes around but, but just as you have found that keying the early stages takes care of the later, we've found that when focusing on the "result" (firing the shoulders around) the initial part of that "process" (legs/hips/torso) ends up taking care of itself.
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> > > > Two ways to skin a cat.
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> > > hello dave!!!
> > > love to hear a dissenting voice on this site every once in a while..
> > > you are a rare bird!! you are right on the money when you say resistance is essentially going to slow down your batspeed to the point you are late on too many pitches..
> > > i'm going to go a little farther... i wish to specifically identify the source from which all power flows.. and it ain't the arms!!
> > > mr mankin is endorsing upper body torque as the most efficient & powerful source of batspeed... NOT!
> > > i hate to oversimplify, but most young baseball players need to have things broken down to their simplest terms.. only then can they understand what is going to work for them, & what they must do to succeed..the power lies in the power side of the body. right side for RH, left side for LH.. the DOMINANT SIDE IS WHERE YOU MUST FARM TO HARVEST THE GREATEST POWER!!! if you were suspended in the air with your feet off the ground then you would not be able to generate anywhere near as much power as when your feet are on the ground.. SO USE THEM!! generate torque!! your hip is in the center of your power.. USE IT!! GENERATE POWER BY TORQUEING YOUR HIP! your right arm & shoulder are far more powerful than the left side... USE THEM..
> > > hitters should understand they should bias their swing to utilize the power side of their body to initiate & sustain the swing in order to maximize batspeed... to do otherwise is to diminish batspeed.
> > > i encourage my student to go watch top grade racquetball players play.. if they are in positin to perform a "killshot", THEY NEVER HIT THE BALL WITH A STRAIGH ARM.. RATHER THEY HAVE THEIR FEET CLOSE TOGETHER, KEEP THEIR POWER HAND & ARM IN TIGHT TO THEIR TORSO, & TORQUE THE ENTIRE POWER SIDE OF THEIR BODY INTO THE SWING, WHILE KEEPING THE HAND IN TIGHT. in this manner they create far greater
> > > lower body torque, thus greater racquet speed than to implement any other style of swing.. YOU NEVER SEE AN ARM/SHOULDER WINDUP PRIOR TO FIRING.. always in tight with all their extremities in order to create the maximum speed to their body rotation..
> > > i'm sorry to say, jack is lost with his beerbellyball windup swing..he has personally castigated me for too much repetitive harping on the specifics of my theory, so i'll leave it where it is..
> > > suffice it to say he endorses arms & shoulders in a windup swing & nevermind the legs... "they take care of themselves".. (never mind they are at least 3 times stronger than your arms, they are of no consequence... HUH?!?!?).. go figure.
> > > buggywhipping; the
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> > George,
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> > Again Your an -----. I don't agree with everything Jack teaches, but you havn't a clue as to what he teaches, as evident to you saying he doesn't endorse lower body power. He has never said that in fact he says the hips provide the power for the shoulders to rotate. You have no clue.
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> > Graylon
> What supplies the power to the hips?
> Jimmy


There are a few things that supply power to the hips. The front hip opening and clearing with the stride, while the shoulders resist. the contracting of the muscles in the pelvic area and stomach. the push off of the rear leg, at "go" into a cleared front hip and block front leg.



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