Re: coaching hitting mechanics
Posted by: Josh (
) on Tue Feb 6 10:55:52 2007
> Why do we have to label hitting mechanics? Do hitters care what the label of the
> mechanical style is that they use to be productive? Can we really only come up with two
> different styles of mechanics (linear/rotational)? Couldn't we honestly say that hitters use
> probably 100's of different kinds of mechanics to find what is best for their body and
> Why the debate? Coaches can go in absolute circles trying to prove that their way is the
> best and the best is called "X" hitting mechanics. Why not treat each hitter as an individual
> and bring out the most out of him stressing the fundamentals of hitting like SEEING THE
> BALL, BALANCE, CONTROLABLE RYTHM, TIMING, BAT CONTROL, AND THE PROPER RELEASE
> OF BATSPEED.
> The debate is what generates $$$$ money $$$$ for many coaches that don't have the
> ability to see a swing and actually feel what they watched. The ability to feel a swing that
> you watch is what allows for proper individual adjustment suggestions. To dictate and
> coach one mechanical technique is really the sign of an inadequate instructor.
> Hitters are all individuals and do not use just two different mechanics. As a matter of fact
> the number of mechanics that are taught by good coaches is uncountable. If a plumber
> only has one tool in his toolbelt than how is he to fix the 100's of different problems that
> arise? I would say that I wouldn't call a plumber with only one trick up his sleeve but a
> plumber that can adjust to any individual situation and be efficient in doing so.
> Doesn't anyone realize that no two hitters are going to be or try to be exactly alike in their
> approach or swing mechanics. So why do you try to catagorize hitting mechanics into just
> two categories (linear/rotational)?
> To state that a hitter uses one "style" or another is funny because the whole point is to be a
> productive hitter.
Theres a hundred different stances, every hitting has a different stance. If u want to hit with power u have to learn how to torque your body, or get the stretch in your mid section that will pull your upper half and hands through the zone. Next you need to learn how to swing level to the baseball this can take your contact area from as little as a inch to as much as 2 feet. You also need to learn how to get quick hands or get them inside the baseball, Ted Williams said to do this you have to let your hands follow your body around your rotating axis. Most poeple think because theres a thousand diffent stances there must be a thousand different swing wich is completely false. Ounce you have mastered those three basic mechanics. You can work on the metal part of hitting and finding a stance that you feel comfortable with but, if your not teaching those three basic mechanics your wasting your time.
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