New Footage! Babe Ruth Swing Analysis #2 Video (10 years after my first one)
Ya'll know I love Ruth. Or at least, it seems that way. Truth is, I love his mechanics. There's nothing about Ruth's personality, the team he played for, or his impact on our nation, that I'm nostalgic for. There's really no hidden agenda when it comes to my love of Ruth's mechanics. I'm not a fan of Ruth, per se. I'm a fan of his mechanics. My appreciation for the man himself and what he represents for baseball, I regard as separate from the fact that Ruth - yes, Babe Ruth - had the greatest swing we've ever seen in baseball.
We truly need to go back and take a look at how he moved through the swing. Nobody has ever moved better. His swing is, to me, no different than Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It's a work of art. A very underrappreciated work of art at that. It's popular these days to belittle Ruth's accomplishments. Maybe because we only have silly videos of him being a jokester on the sidelines, or doing that silly sped up run around the bases. It's easy to pass him off as a Charlie Chaplan comedy. But this is representative of the biggest mistake that is being made in hitting today.
In baseball, in a way, we must have a revival of the swing of the first part of the 19th century, before plastic bats and poor swing instruction started creating a stuck in the mud/handsy style of swing. We must go back to Ruth's mechanics specifically, because his stats so clearly trump everyone else's of the time, and of our time.
I was so excited to see this new footage of Ruth because I had yet to see such a well timed pitch, from the front angle, IN REGULAR SPEED. In regular speed is the key because it's usually either slowed down or sped up. This, for me, was like seeing Ruth's 60th home run footage in regular speed - you know the one. That too was a perfectly timed pitch. Only problem is, it's in slow motion. Sure, I could have paid someone to put it in regular speed, but I never got around to it and I'm happy I didn't because here is a gem of a clip that gives us a glimpse at Ruth's swing, from just the right angle, on a perfectly timed pitch, in regular speed. Just two years after this video was taken, in 1927, Ruth would hit 60 home runs, a number that still stands as the 154-game/no PED-using MLB record. Check out the video where I got this swing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhjbb.... There are other great swings in this link as well. There are also shots of Ruth taking the pitch and it's nothing like the way today's stuck-in-the-mud players take pitches. As hitters, as a community, we need to stop buying into the swing instruction that is being advocated by the old and new school coaches, because it only leads to stiffness. Watch Ruth take a pitch. Movement wise, this is how you should take every single pitch. Every single one. It's loose. It's coordinated. It's aggressive. Today's hitting coaches would say that the way Ruth swung was irresponsible and selfish. But why? Are home runs not far and away better than any other hit? Are home runs not the main thing hitters should be aiming for? If Ruth had hit .230, then there could be an argument for not swinging so hard. But he once hit .393, twice hit .378, and ended his career with a .342 average. Ruth did not sacrifice consistency for his ridiculous power. His swing, quite simply, is the best swing of all time. But we can still do better.
A lot of coaches these days tell you there is no one perfect way to swing. But that's just a copout stemming from the fact that they don't understand the swing. There is a certain way to swing that will immediately give you more power and consistency. My newest book, Front Arm Dominant, teaches new (and old) way of swinging. You will learn the swing movements that Ruth did so well, but you will learn how to do it even better than Ruth did it. Let the baseball swing revolution begin.