The previous three posts related to hitting dealt with:
- Stance or Rest Position
- Negative Movement or Launch Position
- Contact Position
The fourth installment of this series of posts deals with the end of the swing or “The Finish”. Basically, I want to describe what a hitter’s body should look like after contact is made. The focus of this description will be related to balance and direction of of bat path. Here are 4 questions to ask your hitters at the end of the swing:
- Are you hitting off a firm front side with your front knee still locked?
- Are you still balanced with your head centered between both legs so as not to be lunging forward? Could you take a steel rod and insert it through the top of the skull, go down through the spine, and come out the bottom of the femur?
- Is your head still and steady? Does the neck look and feel relaxed? Did the head remain at a consistent altitude?
- Is the bat completely wrapped around your back? This may vary, based on whether you are a top hand release hitter (ex. Mark MacGwire) or a no release hitter (ex. Mike Schmidt).
The Test- Repeatedly, look to see if the hitter is in a steady, controlled position upon finishing the swing. If not, continuously look to improve until he/she is in that position. Depending on core strength, age, and amount of built up muscle memory the amount of time to correct improper balance will vary. For some hitters it may take 1,000 repetitions to get to “comfortable” 🙂
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