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https://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/handle-flex.html Above is the link that I reference at the beginning of the podcast.  I start the podcast talking about a study that one of my readers brought to me attention.  It proves my theory that the bat bends forward prior to contact.  What they conclude however is that the added power by this bending is not significant enough to be concerned with.  But the reason why they say that is because they didn't compare this forward bending of the bat in average hitters to the greatest hitters.  All they analyzed were average hitters.  Therefore, their conclusion is off and...

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  Below is a group of pictures of some influential hitting coaches and products being sold that promote bending of the front arm to start the forward swing.  Tom Emanski (top left), Justin Stone (the current director of hitting for the Cubs!), Tim Hyers (hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox), Craig Wallenbrock (middle, bottom).  I don't know what they are looking at.  The greatest hitters of all time clearly didn't get into this position at the very start of the forward swing and they didn't get into these contact positions either. Below are some pictures of some of the...

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Ever notice that within the instruction circles of every sport they downplay the importance of power?  Why is this?  When power is so obviously an integral part of performance in almost all sports.  It's because they haven't figured out the true keys to power, and instead of continuing to search, they instead choose to just downplay the importance of power altogether.   This is so evident in baseball.  Since the very beginning of instructing the swing, around 1970, the scrappy, slappy swing has been the model.  And now, just because of some neat machines that give us launch angle data, the...

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  In this podcast I talk about four topics. First, I talk about how almost all theories of the swing increase back arm dominance, and therefore make players worse.  Most hitters assume nothing could go wrong by going to a swing coach, but this is not true.  This is why it's best for most hitters to just stay away from any kind of swing instruction. I also talk about Charlie Lau's fifth law and how it has led to stiff, machine like swings and still influences swing instruction today. Next I talk about the five skills of hitting - hand...

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In this podcast, I cover three topics - 1) Training Aids and Methods that are novel but not effective, 2) Charlie Lau's 5th Law, and 3) The Three Biggest Myths Holding Back Baseball Swing Instruction Please like and share.  I hope you enjoy.

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