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Re: swing mechanics & illness

Posted by: Torque (roscoethewestie@comcast.net) on Sat Jul 25 18:51:19 2009

> I wonder if anyone has encountered this before. My son was a high school freshman last season. Made varsity, hit .455 & drove in 26 runs in a 16 game season. This year started out well enough, but about 4 games in he cane fown with what we think was some form of influenza. Never seen him as sick as he was. Long story short, he recovered in about 7 to 10 days, but could not hit the braodside of the barn for the rest of the year. Finished the season hitting about .170 (might be generous). He had a good tryout for Legion ball & made the team mainly on last year's reputation. He has slowly been climbing back up but has yet to equal what he was a year ago. Has anyone ever dealt with this? He is discouraged. Feels fine, swing looks good, just can't hit the ball out of the infield anymore in games although he is killing it in BP.
> Ernie

Probably bending his front elbow a lot during the swing. Jack Mankin has put batspeed.com videos on youtube of David Wright. Watch the lead elbow and rear elbow. Weak ground balls can often be the result of flexing the lead elbow too much. I've seen good hitters experience this before.


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