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Re: Training/Teaching and Experience


Posted by: Major Dan (markj89@charter.net) on Tue Dec 18 06:11:35 2001


Jack,
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> Sorry for the miscue earlier.
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> Thank you for responding to my post about your professional experience. I am new to your site so if I ask questions already answered, please bear with me.
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> In my 30 year semi-pro and professinal career, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best hitting coaches and players in the world. I consider myself a student of hitting and the kinesiology involved. I too have studied thousands of hours of tape and computer generated swings of some of today's great hitters.
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> I won't get into anything too deep until I view your tape. But in reviewing the material from you internet site, there might be a couple of things you might want to think about.
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> Major league hitters are some of the most talented athletes with some of the most exceptional eye/hand coordination of any athletes. There are some who have fundamentally perfect swings and more who do not. By studying successful major league hitters you limit yourself to studying their movement. As a Kinesiologist, I study human movement. Taking the way that our body works effectively and use that in developing good hitting fundamentals. Then taking my professional playing experience and draw the connection between the physical part of hitting and the mental part.
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> Second, the most important part of teaching and developing hitters is the ability to put your body in a position for your hands to make adjustments. If you linear shift is finished when your front foot hits the ground, you loose your ability to adjust your hands to certain pitches.
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Troy-
"If your linear shift is finished when your front foot hits the ground, you loose your ability to adjust your hands to certain pitches."
Could you explain what you mean here. I assume you are referring to Jack's theory of rotation around a stationary axis - any forward weight shift stops before rotation.
There are many no stride hitters (Nomar for one) and a few negative stride hitters (Bagwell) who hit very well at a ML level.
Could you explain the relationship between continuing a 'linear shift' and making hand adjustments to pitches. What sort of adjustments would you make?


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