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What Jimmy just stated comes right out of the linear handbook. Read his statements below carefully.
“And to add to that the front shoulder will also "fly" if the hitter is trying to make it fly. Occasionally even the best hitters will unwillingly fly with their front side because of trying to do too much with a pitch or "overswinging". Overswinging is usually the cause for young kids.
No matter what the reason is, the "flying front shoulder" is is a bad habbit that causes many poor results within the swing. (mainly the bad habbit that you are trying to fix).
Years ago, I taught these same linear principles Jimmy preaches. “Keep your shoulder in there” – “Drive your hands to the ball” – “Etc, etc…” Therefore, when I first started taking notes for my study of the swing, I found that a frame-by-frame view of the best hitters swings did not match what I had taught. I found that trying to justify those linear principles with what I was seeing was like trying to fit square pegs into round holes – they just didn’t fit.
Jerry, as an example, frame this clip we have been studying of Griffey ( http://www.youthbaseballcoaching.com/mpg/Griffey01.mpeg ) forward to the frame just before he initiates rotation
The linear rule states --“Don’t fly the lead-shoulder” – Now, advance the frames forward slowly. -- As I stated earlier, when I first started taking notes of the best hitters frame-by frame, I noted that the lead-shoulder started rotating before I saw the hands coming forward. The arms did not extend the hands forward while the shoulders “stayed in-there”. In fact, it was shoulder rotation that brought the hands into view. Not only did the shoulder rotate during initiation, it continued to rotate all the way to contact. – See my problem. There was no way I could justify what I had taught -- to what I saw.
Now, let us examine Jimmy's next linear rule.
“When he swings the bat with his top hand only, he should try to drive the bat to and through the hitting zone while trying his best to keep his front shoulder from rotating outward. The aggressive thought and action of driving and extending his top hand through will make it easier to keep the shoulder from flying. As a result, the "elbow in the slot" position that you have mentioned will happen naturally (As Teacherman has stated in his previous posts).”
Jimmy states, “When he swings the bat with his top hand only, he should try to drive the bat to and through the hitting zone.” – For this analysis of his statement, use - http://www.youthbaseballcoaching.com/mpg/griffey_ken1.mpeg – This clips also illustrates another flaw in what I had taught my players. Linear rule, “drive the top-hand to and through the hitting zone.” – Frame this clip forward to where he is ready to initiate his swing. As you frame forward, note that once the back-elbow lowers to his side, it remains back at this side (not extending forward) all the way to contact. It was shoulder rotation that drive the top-hand forward – not the extension of the arm.
Note that the extension of the arm (out of the “L” position) that Jimmy refers to, occurs after contact and the ball is well on its way. Extension at that point has no influence on ball flight – or on “contact area.”
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