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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: the things you hear at a HS baseball practice

Posted by: Paul () on Thu Mar 24 14:33:25 2011

> > > > > > How are your results compared to the rest of the team?
> > > > > >
> > > > > Most guys on the team are ground ball hitters. I hit sharp line drives. Only one other person on the team believes in rotational hitting.
> > > >
> > > > Paul, according to some data I found.....72% of ground balls are outs....79% of fly balls are outs......26% of line drives are outs. I would stick with the line drives. Everything being equal, rotational mechanics will out perform linear mechanics by a wide margin.
> > >
> > > Ever notice that coaches teach pitchers to throw so that ground balls are hit and then go teach hitters to hit ground balls?
> >
> > I never considered that, but how true it is.
> >
> > I just watched 4 days of HS baseball tryouts from the freshman to varsity levels. I noticed that there were very few line drives hit. Mostly fly balls and grounders. I would have to say less than 10% of the balls put into play were line drives from BP and scrimmaging. It could have been 5% or 2%, I wasn't really keep track of the specific numbers. Now there were a few monster flys that cleared the fence and some very hard grounders, but very few line drives. And from what I could tell, few, if any other than my son, were using true rotational mechanics. Although I do believe there are degrees to which some were using rotational principals combined with linear mechanics. Those were some of the better hitters. I was just amazed at the lack of line drives being hit.
> The same is true for my team. I can confidently say that the hitting types worked out as follows: 10% line drives (most of which were low line drives) 10% long fly balls (mainly hit by one guy) 5% pop-ups and 75% ground balls. I ask guys "How do you think you swing?" "Well, I swing level, because an uppercut causes pop-ups" or "I swing down, in order to get on top of the ball and hit line drives" (logic?) With the team's abysmal record, I think some decent hitting instruction is in order.

I guess none of this matters anymore, I got cut a few weeks back. I think it had something to do with my rotational mechanics.


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