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Re: Common misconceptions of rotational hitting

Posted by: The Hitting Guru (hitman3527@aol.com) on Thu Feb 16 13:26:40 2006

> Hitting is not a rotational vs. linear, black and white subject. While it is true that most mlb players use rotational hitting mechanics today, I feel that alot of coaches do not fully understand the significance the linear movements of the swing make. The perfect swing consist of a perfect combination of both.
> Do you feel that to many people are focus on the mechanics of the swing itself and not the process leading up to the swing?
> By process I mean, pre-pitch routine, having a plan at the plate. From their, Rhythm, to starting the hitting process, to the loading of the hands and hips. I don't feel it is a coincidence that 99.9%percent of major league hitters are in the same position to start their swing. If we would teach these things correctly, the hips and hands will take care of themselves more times than not.
> Do you feel the same way?

Nick. You bring up some good points. But most hitters are not really using the same techniques. Most players are in the major leagues because of God given ability, physical training, and confidence, and determination. Their actual technique with regard to stance and linear or rotatioanal components is often a product of individual preference.

It would be a benefit to one who sells merchandise for there to be a one method fits all method. But there is just too much doubt as to what is really happening for this to be the case. It is just too bad that former players who WERE NOT steroid users are contributing to this site. We lost a tremendous resource in Ted Williams. Maybe Jack can get a Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Pinella, Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson or Fred McGriff type to contribute to these discussions at some later date. The above named seemed to be knowledgeable on the technical side of hitting.


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