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Re: Re: Jack - Mauer's Quick Swing Training Aid

Posted by: Kevin () on Thu Oct 14 13:13:40 2010

I have the Quick Swing. It is useful to the extent that you are practicing correctly (which is probably true of anything).

The net that comes with it is not heavy duty, so if you have wiffle balls that's a good option (especially because it recoils with a lot of force if hitting standard baseballs into it & has to be staked to the ground). It will fit well in a standard two car garage if you empty it of cars.

Bear in mind, it is not a pitching machine (although it does have a battery operated timer that allows balls to drop every 8 seconds or so) so it is not nearly as exciting as hitting a pitched ball. I have felt that I've gotten more out of my batting tee as I have a more of a tendency to drift into poor mechanics using the Quick Swing. However, it's good to have if you can stay mechanically sound while using it.

> Does anyone have experience with the Quick Swing? I have been thinking about getting one and setting it up in the garage for winter training. I thought it might work well for getting 50-100 swings a day with wiffle balls. I need to keep my boys swinging throughout the cold months. Tee and heavy bag work with and without the perfect Connextion would also be involved, but hitting a moving ball is way more fun. Add the batspeed radar in there and we may be able to get some high quality, consistent workouts in 30 minutes or so and not have to travel far. Please share your experiences.
> > > >>> Jack, with this device which is endorsed also by Paul Molitor it appears that there is no pre- launch Torque, only THT. Which leads me to the question Do all great hitters wait to see the pitch before applying tht as hard and fast and controled as they can while maintaining a smooth chp ?
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> > > Jack, you don't have to comment on the device but could you please comment on the concept ?
> > > TDS <<<
> > >
> > > Hi TDS
> > >
> > > Welcome to the Board. I am not familiar with Molitor's device and therefore, have no view how it relates to the timing of THT. - Pre-launch torque is applied to accelerate the bat-head before the "go - no-go" decision to fully initiate the swing. Although some bat-head movement may occur before the pitcher releases the ball, most of the acceleration takes place after release.
> > >
> > > As I discussed in earlier posts, pre-launch torque is a low energy movement to overcome some of the bat-s inertia to acceleration. THT is a high-energy initiation movement. THT is applied as shoulder rotation and the swing is being fully initiated. The decision to fully initiate the swing -"go"- is made when the ball is about 15 to 20 feet from the plate.
> > >
> > > It should be pointed out that the batter does not necessarily have to cock the bat-head forward in front of the head to apply pre-launch torque. Many good hitters (George Brett as an example) cock, or wrap, the bat-head well past the launch position. These hitters also accelerate the bat-head back toward the launch position by pulling the forearm (and top-hand) back before shoulder rotation.
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> > > TDS, I would need to study Molitor's swing further to evaluate how much he accelerates the bat-head (pre-launch) before fully initiating his swing with THT. It is harder to see pre-launch torque taking place when the bat stays in the swing plane.
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> > > Jack Mankin


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