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Re: low &away pitch

Posted by: Jack Mankin (MrBatspeed@aol.com) on Tue Aug 7 16:14:10 2007

>>> been coaching 45 yrs sons now grand sons just finishes dix boys 14yr state allstars. my sons said i drove them crazy with my off the wall ideas. love your ideas just bought your cds. question at first study it would appear batters would have a hard time with the low and away pitch. am i wrong like you i never felt i did a real good job of hitting instruction.<<<

Hi John

You state, "at first study it would appear batters would have a hard time with the low and away pitch." -- To the contrary, rotational principles not only allows the batter to cover the out-side pitch, these mechanics can also generate the necessary bat speed to really cream outside balls. In fact, video analysis shows that some of the longest home runs being hit are on low outside pitches.

I will place below a couple over-head video clips of batters hitting balls on outer part of the plate. These clips explain the benefits of two rotational principles (CHP &THT) far better than I could describe with words.

In this first clip, Brian shows the hand, and bat, path of a rotational batter. Note that when Brian outlines the path of the top-hand, that it first arcs rearward. This mechanic (THT), is what allows John to generate the early bat speed to cream those outside pitches.

Overhead of CHP by Brian

In the clip below, I use the overhead view of Pete Rose’s mechanics to debunk the contention that rotating the shoulders causes the batter to “Pull off the Ball.” I would also like to point out that Pete applies little THT. This is one of the key reasons he was a singles type hitter

Overhead of CHP by Jack

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Jack Mankin


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