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Re: lead elbow up in the swing plane

Posted by: Jim (jwelborn@lexcominc.net) on Fri Aug 24 21:28:08 2007

> ok so I took a video of my swing and I noticed that my lead elbow was very low and it stayed low in the swing plane because of my high hands and back elbow up. Well I think this is the reason my swing plane is wavy.
> I took a few dry swing with the lead elbow higher in my stance and I noticed the wavy swing plane is gone. My question is what are all the benefits of keeping the lead elbow up in the swing plane besides a better swing plane and the prevention of wrist rolling?? Does it help at all with bat speed?? Thank you.


At contact the lead elbow must be higher than the hands and the hands higher than the bat head regardless of pitch location. This relationship along with good posture, defines a plane that should line up with the line of the pitch. Failure to do this will cause the hands to not be palm up-palm down at contact. This hand position is necessary to create maximum top and bottom hand torque on the bat handle through the transfer of the energy created by rotation.

Failure to acheive this relationship can very easily lead to premature wrist roll. This could be the "waviness" you refer to. Batters who are not palm up-palm down at contact will either roll their wrists at contact or force compromises in their swing to delay wrist roll. These compromises greatly affect energy transfer through the hands.



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