And one more thing for tonight [before I return to my bunker to read a bunch of shit!]; Not too long ago, someone blocked me ---apparently as a result of me simply pointing out that I thought their description/analysis of a hitter was flawed.
In no manner [I don't think] could my argument be construed as any kind of personal attack. Simply put, I disagreed with their interpretation and tried explain this based on my understanding of movement [based on 20 yrs. of practical and technical info].
Rather than trying to engage me he simply blocked me. Those who know me know that I am someone who is well practiced in the art of engaging all kinds of views on things. MY operative view is:
There may be someone out there who has info that might be logical, rational, something I may not have considered, something that may mitigate against the inherent problem of "confirmation bias", etc.
This ongoing operative view applies to all kinds of subject matter. I welcome contrary views [only with the proviso that these views are honest attempts towards rational, serious, logical, sincere, etc. ,arguments.
From my vantage point, someone simply blocking me is a subtle version of the "cancel culture" mentality wherein if one says something I disagree with I will variously dismiss them via blocking them or getting them banned, or shaming them via "the mob", or getting them fired ,etc.
As someone who has been around for longer than many here, I have a a very keen sense of the issues surrounding the criticality of free speech, open debate, free exchange of ideas, etc.
Thus, in almost all situations I do not want to in any way inhibit speech. I truly believe that free speech leads to bad ideas being overcome by good ideas via the free exchange of ideas [speech].

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4 Jun
Similar to the kinds of simplistic cues one uses to describe a high level swing, e.g., great hitters know how to use their hands, they have great "feel", they have great "rhythm" etc. etc., one that is commonly stated is that hitting is ALL about timing.
ALL??? As in great hitters are great hitters ONLY or mostly as a result of superior timing. I don't think so. Simply put, as with any ballistic activity that inherently involves BOTH movement capabilities AND tracking a high speed object [puck, tennis ball, skeet shooting,
hand ball, baseball, etc etc],all these involve an INTERACTION of visual acuity, memory recall "anticipation" ,etc [brain shit]AND physical dexterity/efficiency in the specific domain.
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4 Jun
I understand this analogy. However, from my vantage point I would argue that cultural trends [starting with the so-called "self esteem movement" in the 70's] have tended towards rewarding people for average or below performance ,i.e., defining merit downwardly so to speak.
From my vantage point, this kind of false praise, so to speak, will only serve to impede development [whatever the domain]. Based on practical experience as well as academic research on high level performers, one has to understand what I refer to as the "high standard."
And one has to understand as to how they ACTUALLY measure up to that standard. Inherent to this is an honest assessment as regards the kinds of flaws/deficits one has that need to be worked on in order reach that high standard.
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1 Jun
In a recent post I cited Paul Nyman's disc model to talk about the importance of the lead arm quickly getting on --and staying on the disc --from lag to contact.
Here's a clip of Griffey wherein the upper lead arm is on the disc --on both an up and in and low away location:…

This is very distinct from most non-elite level hitters DROPPING the entire lead arm far under the shoulder line to line up with a middle to low location.
This distinction should be understood as a key difference between those trying to maintain good linkage of the lead arm to the rotation of the shoulders [elite hitters]...
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7 May
Over the yrs. I have seen MANY drills wherein my main thought is along the lines of: How in the world does this drill either help to overcome the flaws I see in this hitter; or how does this in any way help to develop high level movement?!
Today I saw yet another ex. of this. Context a 12 yr old was told to swing [tee swing] while having the lead leg flexed/off the ground and with the back leg slightly externally rotated.
Result? A complete arm swing ,i.e., very little trunk rotation/arms far in front of the base/elbows almost at full extension at contact. Why this result?
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5 Mar
Comment from the player ...."awkward". Which is related to my dictum as regards changing ingrained flaws: You cannot be guided by feelings of comfort.
Some context to this. Yrs. ago I was working with a 16 yr old hitter from Nor Cal --a guy who was far too upright [no hip flexion] After 3 attempts to tilt more he said ..."I don't feel comfortable doing this. To which I replied:
Well let's think about this. Imagine you as an infant wherein you see this piece of dirt on a ledge that you want to eat. You try to lift yourself up to try to get to it. After 3 attempts you say ...."I don't feel comfortable doing this."
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8 Jul 20
Another phrase which actually amounts to a cue is the "launch angle."

A couple of yrs. ago I was working with about 40 hitters [14 to 18 yrs old]. I asked them about this phrase. They ALL had heard of it. But. When I ask them as to how exactly a good launch angle is created....
NONE could verbally or physically describe as to how one actually goes about creating a good launch.

They are not alone in this regard.Neither most players or instructors actually understand the underlying physics/physiology that creates a good launch angle.
Yes...I do realize that quite a few instructors/dads THINK they know. But from my vantage point,the empirical evidence suggests otherwise.
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