Baseball Rotational

Have you ever really looked at what is happening in the swing process of the best players in the game. Do you know what Ted Williams meant when when he was referring to the "Ideal Impact Zone" or what it means lead with your hips or leveling the bat? Do you think weight transfer is a hitting technique? All of these questions and more are answered in the following pages and within this website. It took me a major part of my coaching career to learn what the very best players are doing at the plate and it is all down in writing here for you. What took me years to learn, master and perfect is at your finger tips.

Weight Transfer

First of all, weight transfer is NOT a hitting technique, but rather an element of hitting, and a major one at that. There has to be back to front movement in a players swing in order to hit with any kind of consistency and power. Sitting, squishing the bug is simply not good mechanics.

Look at the back foot - players are either on the tip of their back foot, or the foot is completely off the ground at contact. This is what good weight transfer looks like and there has to be back to front motion in the swing. There is no sitting, there is no squishing.

Hips/Core

Turning to the ball with the hips leading the way is such a huge part of hitting and is an area that a majority of young players never fully develop. The power that is generated by the hips in a baseball swing is based on the principle of torque. The same way a golfer, boxer, tennis player and pitcher use their core muscles to turn, so do the best hitters in the game. Players need to "learn to turn" to the ball.

Leveling

The greatest difference between a linear and rotational hitter is their approach to the ball. Leveling is the technique that gets the bat into the path of the ball and is irrefutable as to whether it is really happening, because it is. Dipping the back shoulder, dropping the barrel of the bat level to the ball and swinging up through the oncoming pitch. The process of the elbow working up and around the body is an essential part of leveling and the only way a player can ever get the barrel where it needs to be. Whether it is Pujols on a pitch up in the zone or Big Poppy dropping down on a low one, one thing remains the same - they get "level to the ball" and they are "swinging up" through it.

Ideal Impact

Ted Williams wrote that the ultimate contact point is made when the barrel of the bat and ball meet at a 90 degree angle. Another term that is used to describe ideal impact is hitting with your hands "inside" the ball. A couple things have to happen to make ideal impact; one, you have to let the ball travel deep enough into the hitting zone and two, your front elbow has to move up and around your body.

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MLB players use rotational mechanics. The very same mechanics that Ted Williams used and the great hitters before and after him. The best hitters in baseball are doing exactly the opposite of what a large majority of coaches in this country are teaching. They don't swing down, they are not trying to hit grounders - sorry to say it. Do you think for a second that Pujols ever goes up to the plate looking to hit the ball into the ground?

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