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Swing instruction in baseball sure is a peculiar little nitch.  What I've observed in my twenty years of working in it, is that if something is novel and neat at the same time, it's likely to get a lot of people implementing it to improve their hitting.  Whether it's a philosophy or a training aid, if it's "shiny and sparkly" in nature, people are going to think it's effective.   I honestly can't understand it.  We need quickly separate out the ideas that suck from the ideas that hold merit.  Because right now, everyone's ideas are being taken at face value,...

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Almost all swing coaches out there would say that barring the front arm to start the forward swing is bad.  When you ask them why, they explain something like, "the bat will never square up"  or "you'll get bat drag." I find this funny because actually just the opposite is true.  By having a barred front arm to start the forward swing, the barrel enters the zone much earlier and stays square longer.  Babe Ruth did it.  Ken Griffey Jr. did it.  Their swings were the most beautiful because they were the most effective. Here is Babe Ruth, in my opinion the most underrated...

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 The often-forgotten element of Michael Jordan's quest to be a Major League Baseball player was his unfortunate assignment to the most controversial hitting coach of the time, Walt Hriniak.  Hriniak had just been squeezed out of the Boston Red Sox organization because more and more of the front office personal were getting fed up with Hriniak meddling with the younger hitters.  While some players endorsed Hriniak, it seemed more were skeptical.  The decline of Jim Rice, Rich Gedman, and Mike Greenwell under his tutelage, started to give Hriniak a shrinking following, and more and more if you had in a bat in your hands,...

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I know you've seen it. That move where hitters artificially hold the angle of the bat with their wrists and arms after contact. It's completely unrealistic to think you're going to be able to do this in a regular, full speed swing. You have to earn this positioning at (what I call) the delivery position. And you earn it by feeling the right movement at the very start of the forward swing. At the start of the forward swing, you want to feel your front arm straight and compressing against your chest.  That way the redirection of the bat happens...

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In this video I touch on the misconception of deceleration in the swing. Of course it happens to some extent, after all, we don't continue to rotate like a fan. However, to focus on deceleration in the swing doesn't work. It will make the swing more clunky in the end. I also touch on the faulty practice of teaching big muscle movements in the swing. I am a firm believer that teaching big muscle movements in the swing is a mistake. Again, it leads to clunky swings. No disrespect to Casey Smith. He's got a huge influence on instagram and...

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