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Re: rear elbow

Posted by: Jim D (j-monro@hotmail.com) on Thu Mar 4 08:17:56 2010

> Have been teaching both my boys(ages 10 and 12) the rotational swing over the past year. For the most part they are coming along fairly well. However both have issues with the back elbow leading their hands upon rotation. It sure appears to be the dreaded "bat drag". Are there any specific drills or set-up positions(bat grips, hand positions, etc.) that can help reduce/correct this problem. When we've done the swing in slow motion off a tee it isn't there, but anything at speed or live brings it out.


Hi gmo,

As a follow-up to what Ronnie has said, I gave my boy a tacky wide receiver glove for his bottom hand and a smooth soft suede glove for his top hand. This allows proper alignment of his knuckles
(bottom hand 2nd, top hand 3rd) and hand seperation (approx. 100 degrees) at the launch position. This facillitates proper knuckle alignment transition i.e. from bottom hand 2nd, top hand 3rd, to... knocker knuckles and 0 degrees of hand seperation as he comes thru the swing plane to contact.

Top hand, bottom hand, and full swing drills on the heavy bag will allow the hitter to see his mechanics at work and allow him to observe his body parts positions at contact. The "Tee" and soft toss will never provide this kind of feedback.

I hope this helps...

Jim D


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