The Moving Fulcrum and How Babe Ruth Was So Consistent
I often talk about the moving fulcrum. In this video, I want to explain exactly how the moving fulcrum works. Yes, it's that the barrel is squarer for a longer distance. But exactly how does this work? And why is a bent back elbow at contact an indication of a long moving fulcrum?
Here's how it works: A bent back elbow at contact shows me that the hitter is capable of making contact in a very compressed position. From there he can easily adjust and straighten his back elbow aggressively - if say, he's early on the pitch - and hit the ball out in front. In the picture on the right in the video thumbnail, this is what Ruth is doing.
If you have a swing with a short moving fulcrum, you will tend to make contact in a very disconnected position at contact - your back arm much more straight. If your regular contact position is one in which the barrel doesn't become square until your back arm is very straight, then you have almost no adjustability, and you will find it harder to square the barrel to the pitch consistently.
I really hope the understanding of the moving fulcrum and its importance for hitting with consistency. There is no other single thing that is as important for your hitting. The fact that NO hitting coaches talk about it just means there's an opportunity for you. You know about it. Most people don't.