21st CENTURY HITTING VIDEOS & DOCUMENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS
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There is a lot of knowledge presented here. We don't want to cause "Paralysis by Analysis" so don't try to memorize everything - become familiar. It is explained simply (with examples) to provide a basic understanding of "why" it's being taught and "why" it's correct.
The knowledge presented is scientifically supported and referenced. We utilize the body’s natural movements. To have an efficient and powerful swing or throw you MUST utilize scientific facts about the body and how it moves. We are all physically bound by these movements and interactions (physics, biomechanics, etc.). Also, not every player is the same and must be trained as an individual.
We are not rehashing the 1000's of the same old hitting theories, philosophies or conjectures that are neither science based nor science supported.
"To instruct is just to tell - to actually learn (gain knowledge) is to know why. We want you to know why."
BEWARE OF WHERE YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION
"Scientists and coaches have researched the swing and developed theories on the keys for successful batting, but most of this research has been inadequate in attempting to fully describe the biomechanics of batting." (From Fortenbaugh, David, "The Biomechanics of the Baseball Swing" (2011). Open Access Dissertations. Paper 540.
Hitting Mis-Information Examples
“Some recommendations to batting coaches would be to get batters to take a consistent approach in the early phases of every swing (particularly for the lower body - the stride) and identify both pitch type and location as early as possible.” (From Fortenbaugh, David, "The Biomechanics of the Baseball Swing" (2011). Open Access Dissertations. Paper 540.
Reflex vs. Reaction Coming
You Can't Be Afraid To Get Hit By A Pitch The ones who know how to handle it play the game for a long time. Coming
Pitch Counts and Expectations 101 (Document) New
Basic Pitch Count Sequencing (Expectations),Situations and Mind Set 101 New
Why Seeing The Ball Hit The Bat Isn't Important - Seeing It Early Is - The Science Behind It and What You Can Do
Basic Pitch Recognition (Please watch this brief introduction first before viewing the "advanced" videos. Special "tip")
Stephen Strasburg Pitch Recognition With Visual Aids
Homer Bailey Pitch Recognition WITHOUT Visual Aids Coming
Garrit Cole Pitch Recognition WITHOUT Visual Aids
The Stride - Weight Shift (Parts 1 & 2)
"The angular momentum of the performer’s body increased sharply toward the instant of impact (front foot). This result indicates that the front leg acts as the primary source of body rotation for bat swing." (From “A Mechanical Cause of Body Rotation About the Vertical Axis in Baseball Batting” T. Yanai, Chukyo University, Toyota, Japan)
"The coordinated energy generation begins with the batter’s feet pushing against the ground." (DeRenne, 1993), Creating Ground Reaction Forces (GRFs).
"The lead foot GRF crescendoed to its peak value at the end of the phase to provide the initial energy that would be transmitted through the kinetic chain" (DeRenne, 1993;Robson, 2003).
Most might argue this but the most important part of the batter swing is the stride/ weight shift. The stride sets the timing for the batter and can greatly influence the power of the swing. It is the beginning of the kinetic chain and is the foundation that all other movements build upon. If a player's stride/ weight shift is inefficient or incorrect it robs him from hitting the ball with his full potential power by negatively influencing the rest of his mechanics.
The Stride Part One - For Timing
The Stride Part 2 - For Power? - Ground Reaction Force (GRF) And Why Does It Matter? Coming soon
The Arms and Elbows
“Due to the conservation of angular momentum, the change in bat azimuth (direction/ location) while the hands were kept in close to the body allowed the bat to rotate very quickly.” (From Fortenbaugh, David, "The Biomechanics of the Baseball Swing" (2011). Open Access Dissertations. Paper 540.
As you can see, quick to the ball is not because your hands are the "shortest distance to the ball" as most coaches teach and explain.
The Front Arm - The Angle Is The Key New
More Hitting Categories To Come