Re: Skap loading
>>> He is adamant that top hand torque doesn't exist as Jack describes it. He argues that skap loading is the key <<<
The paragraph below is from the article, Bat Speed Research – Rise in Offense Stats.
I think the most interesting finding that came from the study was that all the very top hitters exhibited a swing mechanic not found in any of the other players. --- They initiate the swing with what I termed "top hand torque" (top hand pulling back toward the catcher while initiating the swing). In 1988 I identified 21 players who initiated the swing with this type of mechanic --- they dominated the stats.
I find it interesting that Paul completely discounts the principle of the “top hand pulling back toward the catcher while initiating the swing,” when I defined it as Top-Hand-Torque. But, he finds the pulling back of the elbow (and thus the top-hand) as key when he later labels it scap loading.
As to another one of his comments, what percentage of today’s coaches would you say teaches extending the top-hand forward at initiation (linear mechanics), as compared to those that teach pulling the top-hand back (rotational mechanics)?
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