I watched some of my summer ball players compete this weekend in the district playoffs here in Washington. After the first game I was chatting with some of the guys and I made a quick statement to the first baseman that he needed to generate a little more momentum into the pitch.
Because we’ve worked quite a bit over the years, he knew exactly what this meant. He asked me, “Am I just picking my foot up and setting it down again with no hip momentum?” I said that’s exactly it.
I explained that when there is no forward momentum, the upper body has to work extra hard, and it’s not supposed to. In fact, it creates a much slow, and longer swing.
The kid got multiple hits in the second game and put some hurt on the baseball. He texted me after to let me know that the tip worked! I felt good, and so did he.
I really enjoy what I do in helping athletes really understand the dynamics of a good swing. But, since you and I are likely not to meet face to face (though if you’re ever in the Seattlearea, let’s hit) the best place to get started is my DVD on hitting. It’ll lay down the mechanics of a great swing.
That will build a foundation for you and then the Hitting Drills module will make a whole lot of sense after that.
Remember though, if you don’t know what’s wrong with your kids’ swing, be careful to mess with it unless you know why you are doing what you’re doing.
Dan’s got something for you tomorrow, I’ll be back again Wednesday.
Make it a great day!