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By the time they reach high school, barely any hitters still have the bat-tip action in their swing.  The bat-tip is a natural movement that develops when kids want to hit the ball hard.  It's a good sign that a hitter has his head in the right place.  Unfortunately, this action is typically coached out of hitters.  Coaches call it a "hitch" and say it's wasted movement.    The big problem there is you are changing a movement that developed from an aggressive mentality at the plate.  If you change the movement, you begin to change the mentality.  A coach...

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The first part of the baseball swing should be slow.  You are just starting to rotate open but it isn't quick.  This is how slotting happens.  If you fire open quickly, gravity can't drop your hands and flatten your bat.  It's this slow first part that allows the proper slotting action to happen.   One of the more puzzling swing changes of the last decade was Jose Bautista's.  He said that all he did was start everything earlier, which basically means he gave himself more time to be slower in this first part of the swing.  And by being slower he...

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Sifting For the Great Swings The purpose of this blog is not to be mean.  It's to shed light on a big problem in swing instruction right now - the arbitrary choosing of mechanical models.  If he's a good hitter, people reason, then his mechanics must be worth emulating.  People need to learn how to separate the great from the good.  You can't just choose any "good hitter" and declare that his swing mechanics are ideal because he is good, or has had a few very good years.  You have to pick players who are great and great over a...

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  Many of the greatest pound for pound hitters actually swung with their wrists very pre-extended.  Mel Ott, Stan Musial, and Jackie Robinson come to mind.  But there have been quite a few.  So not only is this a good way to feel the structure of a great swing, but it might just be the best way for you to hit too.  By pre-extending the wrists, you are forced to call on all the other muscles to deliver the most power possible.  In doing this, you automatically achieve very good positions. I still like the front arm progression the best. ...

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  The 3 Minute Drill That Is Changing Baseball Swing Instruction I was just like you.  I assumed that great swing mechanics was a skill that you build slowly, something like packing on muscle, improving your hand/eye coordination, or improving your pitch recognition.  But swing mechanics - the way in which you move through the swing - can be changed in a single instant to produce dramatically different results. How is this possible?  Think of swing mechanics as a language.  The language of your swing communicates with the pitched ball to produce a result.  When you change the language of your...

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