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Jack: Top hand torque and bat position

Posted by: Chuck (jcsherwood8458@sbcglobal.net) on Sun May 6 18:02:37 2007

Hi Jack:

I was working with my son on his PLT and TLT to see if he could improve upon bat head acceleration early in his swing. I thought we had made a little progress but looking at some video, I think that we have not. He starts with the bat pretty vertical and pulls back and in with his top hand. However, as he reaches his most turned in position, his bat tends to have flattened out more behind him, perpindicular to the pitcher. At this point his rear elbow is up. As his rear elbow drops, because of the somewhat horizontal position of the bat (I'm guessing about 45 degrees, maybe less), there is little movement in the head of the bat. So nothing is gained by the elbow tuck. It appears that the bat head only begins to move as BHT is applied. Obviously a more vertical bat position at the beginning of rear elbow drop would result in the bat head whipping more towards the catcher. Is this a more correct application of THT? Is my understanding correct and is this the change we need to make?




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