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    Fastpitch hitters

    But if you viewed that swing from a different angle - e.g., slightly in front rather than slightly behind - you would probably think it looks like the elbow is in front of the hands and call it bat drag.
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    Fastpitch hitters

    A while back, someone - I believe it was @fanboi22 - posted an idea that I believe works better than simply "elbow in front of the knob/hands" to help define bat drag. The idea was to run an imaginary line between the front part of the shoulder and the knob of the bat. If the elbow crosses...
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    Fastpitch hitters

    W=W, do us all a favor and take another video of your daughter hitting, this time with the camera slightly behind her rather than slightly in front of her. We'll see then if the bat drag crowd still thinks it looks like bat drag.
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    Fastpitch hitters

    I think your view of bat drag directly contradicts your view of elbow slotting. You continually say that the hitter must slot the elbow before pushing the arms/hands away from the armpit. Thus the elbow must drop and move forward relative to the hands, which are locked at the armpit. Then...
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    Fastpitch hitters

    To me this looks like a camera angle issue. I don't think her elbow was in front of her hands in either picture. The top pic kind of looks like it but, I think, that is simply due to the angle of the camera in that shot. Trying to conceptualize 3 dimensions based on a 2-dimensional picture is...
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    Fastpitch hitters

    How about Votto?
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    Not the same overall result, just the same initial direction of the ball off the bat.
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    Here's a simple example of why I think it's relevant. I would argue that: 1. If you hit a specific spot on the ball that is 5 degrees below the equator/center line of the ball (relative to the ground), then the ball will launch at 5 degrees. That, I believe, would hold true regardless of...
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    I agree with your conclusions. The fact is, pool balls are not completely round either. They merely get you closer to the ideal. Due to the infinite nature of what we call reality, a perfect sphere exists only in imagination. Nevertheless, understanding the underlying mechanical and...
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    Okay I see what you're saying. Your example imagines hitting a different spot on the ball relative to the ground. Imagine hitting the same spot on the ball relative to the ground. As noted by someone earlier, pool provides a good example. Please forgive the "art" work, but the behavior of...
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    Has anyone ever experienced a ball staying on the bat for that long after contact, or compressing that much?
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    You can draw a line from one point on a bill, through the center of the ball, and then out the other side of the ball, without reference to either the bat or the ground.
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    Spin is a factor in what a ball ultimately does after it's hit, but that is due to the existence of air. Maybe I should have presupposed a vacuum for the hypothetical.
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    What I'm asking is whether the following scenario is true or false: If you find the exact point that the bat makes contact with the ball, and then, starting at that point, draw a line through the center of the ball and then out the other side of the ball, the initial direction of the ball...
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    Bat Plane - True or False

    It will affect how long the ball travels in a certain direction, but will it affect the [edit: initial] direction itself?
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