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Re: Sammy's foot slide

Posted by: tom.guerry (tom.guerry@kp.org) on Thu Feb 28 09:52:17 2002

Is Sammy Sosa's foot slide immediately before he swings considered a stride in the context of the discussions I'm reading on this board? He seems to slide his front foot, moving his whole body slightly forward, and then completely stopping all forward movement and going into his rotation. Its hard to find someone who swings harder and more successfully than him. He seems to embody the rotational concepts taught by Jack. Could/would/should we use him as an example of an ideal swing? I'm constantly on the lookout for visual examples to share with my boys, and there is an excellent example of Sammy swinging on the Setpro web site


Give the URL of the clip.

As I remember,Sosa starts open and steps in as part of his inward turn,then strides forward-the double stride or "click-back".Is he still doing that this year?

Both Griffey and Sosa use the same baic fundamental mechanics that Jack describes,but they use different ways of generating power.Griffey stays tall.Sosa really sits then comes up out of the sit with the lower body.Both are the same in that once they stride it's all rotation with the stationary axis and the good transfer mechanics.Griffey likes the away pitch.Sosa never saw a pitch he didn't like(slight exaggeration,and his plate discipline improves every year).Griffey has struggled of late.


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