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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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  The model of the modern swing is a back arm dominant movement.  It is far inferior to the movement employed by the greatest hitters of all time.  All the modern swing gurus who advocate this back arm dominant swing have copied guys like Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, and Miguel Cabrera.  These guys were fantastic hitters, obviously.  But they accomplished their numbers through strength, not necessarily mechanics.  Their mechanics were't horrible, but they weren't ideal.  When constructing your ideal swing to develop your theories on mechanics, doesn't it make sense to pick the very best hitters, who haven't been accused...

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See the secret to hitting with consistency in this video, The Baseball Swing - The Moving Fulcrum vs. Getting On Plane.

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