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  1. J

    Free Hands

    Semantics I guess. He's throwing the barrel by throwing his hands.
  2. J

    Free Hands

    I see him throwing his hands/knob at the ball as hard as he possibly can. Doing so causes the bat to drop behind him and then come up through the ball on plane with the pitch. It may look to some line turning the barrel, but it’s throwing the hands/knob toward the ball. The barrel path is a...
  3. J

    Need help with Elbow drag!

    Interesting, I've never seen that drill before. Probably would have tried that had I been aware of it.
  4. J

    Need help with Elbow drag!

    I'm probably going to take some grief for this post, but I'm making it anyway. My son had a huge problem with bat drag. We solved it in a matter of weeks using a homemade version of the Bat Drag Buster. The commercial version is here...
  5. J

    Hip Mover

    Saw something interesting the other day and thought this thread might be a good place to post it. In the GIF below, notice the rear foot sliding backwards. Obviously, that has to do, in part, with wearing bald cleats on slick turf - probably wouldn't happen with cleats in dirt. But does it...
  6. J

    Free Hands

    Are you saying that the hands have to be free to find a launch starting point appropriate for the pitch? That the starting point of the hands will differ for different pitches?
  7. J

    Hip/Shoulder Separation

    That looks to me like, if he was actually hitting a pitch, it would be a fairly inside pitch. I wonder how it would look if he was simulating hitting something more outside.
  8. J

    Hip/Shoulder Separation

    Well I'm sure you're right about that. You could have a gradual deceleration or an immediate deceleration. I guess I just think of the term in the context of driving, e.g., decelerating on the off-ramp (though you could just as easily decelerate when hitting a brick wall - I try not to think...
  9. J

    Hip/Shoulder Separation

    That's an interesting video. There was a recent discussion in another thread about the Kvest and the various data it shows. The guy talking in the video didn't go into a lot of detail but, to me, it sounds like he's suggesting a couple of different things. One, that hip/shoulder separation...
  10. J

    Hip/Shoulder Separation

    Which I would assume means that he believes (i) the hips are, at least in part, responsible for creating hip/shoulder separation, and (ii) the hip move involved in creating the separation is the same hip move that is used at launch.
  11. J

    Hip/Shoulder Separation

    A problem in the sense that it shouldn't be taught at all, or a problem in the sense that it's difficult to teach? So you're saying neither the shoulders nor the hips are responsible for creating hip/shoulder separation? In the clip you posted, I see some hip/shoulder separation. Do you? If...
  12. J

    Hip/Shoulder Separation

    Is hip/shoulder separation created by (1) a shoulder move, or (2) a hip move, or (3) both? If a hip move is involved in creating hip/shoulder separation, is it the same hip move that is used at launch (= the moment the bat actually starts moving toward the ball)?
  13. J

    Simple swing

    Definitely anchor.
  14. J

    Sequence?

    So you're saying that, rather than rotating, Bonds is performing some variation of this move:
  15. J

    Sequence?

    TDS, I'm pretty sure I agree with what you're saying. One question I have is, what do you mean by "hips extending"? Are you using the word "extending" to differentiate from the word "rotating"?
  16. J

    Sequence?

    I guess it raises the question, for me, of how people use the word "sequence". I've always interpreted it to mean that different segments fire in a sequence starting at the ground (feet, legs, pelvis, torso, etc.). It seems pretty clear to me that energy builds throughout the swing, reaching...
  17. J

    Sequence?

    Fanboi, this is some interesting information. I am trying to understand the Kvest graphs you posted, and I have perused through some other online Kvest information. I'm not going to pretend to understand it all, but I do have some questions/comments. In the "efficient" swing, it looks like...
  18. J

    Sequence?

    Those clips probably do bleed into launch, about the time the elbow starts to drop. However, the only thing in those clips that would indicate ground-up sequence is hip/shoulder separation. I believe the hip/shoulder separation occurs prior to launch and can be maintained without launching. It’s...
  19. J

    Sequence?

    I would argue that those clips are showing separation/slack removal, and not launch. When they launch, I believe, everything fires at once. JMO of course.
  20. J

    Sequence?

    I see it like this: Ground force inhabits the entire body. At launch, every body part involved in the swing fires at the same time. Legs fire against the feet; hips fire against the legs; torso/shoulders fire against the hips; arms fire against the shoulders/torso, etc. It all happens at the...

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