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Question for Jack on Back Leg Angle

Posted by: The Black Hole Lexicographer (Knight1285@aol.com) on Sun Nov 19 19:40:27 2000

Dear Jack,
One of my close friends, during a game of home run derby, was hitting the ball 425 feet consistently (physiologically, he is a small right-handed batter with tremendous strength and flexibility, truly e plurubus unum in the world of baseball [one of moany]). Yet, he has great rotational mechanics, so I asked another close friend of mine, a female photographer, to take top-quality VHS shots from the side of this right-handed batter while I pitched to him.
He set up with a comfortable base (slightly more than shoulder-length apart, and really got a great push with both legs to rotate around a stationary axis. At contact, all of his mechanics were executed to perfection.
On VHS, however, I noticed his front leg, at contact, was at a 45 dgree slope, while his back leg formed a true 90 degree L--a right angle (with his upper right leg, or thigh, perpendicular to the ground, while his lower right leg, or calf, was perpendicular to the ground).
Yet he did not seem to bend down or shift his axis.

My question is, Jack, if a person is flexible, strong, and exhibits perfect balance, is it possible their back leg can form the L I just described at contact (i'm just curious, being trained in English/Classical Geometry).

Please answer as soon as possible; I have my protractor ready! Thank you Jack.

Sincerely, BHL


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