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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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Casting is a move that was implemented by Mel Ott, Roberto Clemente, Albert Belle, and now Ronald Acuna. It works because it gets the barrel into the zone nice and early. And while the barrel isn't traveling as far, it's really not the distance the barrel travels that determines the speed. It's more about the timing of the forward bending of the bat.

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  On September 8th, 2020, the championship rounds were held for the Xpert Summit Hitting Debate.  You can find the debate here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tThABt_vyc8&list=PLLQLAw4e7jRxCUryHmn0l3IGb5yo2MHRP&index=8&t=906s I mention a few mistakes made by the two swing coaches, mistakes that are indicative of mistakes that have been made since swing instruction began in the 70s.  It's not that Casey Smith and Patrick Jones are flawed in their approach.  It's that the entire paradigm under which baseball swing instruction has existed is flawed.  It's time that we try to look at the swing in a completely different way. It really is time for a...

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