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    My daughter (who is 9, almost 10) is breaking her wrists in the middle of her swing - therefore isn't hitting anything. How can I break this?
    When I pull her out of the batters box & she swings she swings accurately... but when in the box & being pitched to she hesitates, slows down here swing & breaks her wrists mid swing & her bat is everywhere....
    Any suggestions?

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    When I was younger, I had the exact opposite problem. After contact, I wasn't breaking my wrists--my swing was never finished. I had the coach drill breaking my wrists. Now at 17 years old, I've been told I'm breaking them too soon. I am making contact, but it's generally not solid. If she's swinging correctly when she isn't in the box, then maybe it is a confidence problem? Are you pitching any to her? I'd suggest doing that, so she can get used to swinging as she would in a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houch126 View Post
    My daughter (who is 9, almost 10) is breaking her wrists in the middle of her swing - therefore isn't hitting anything. How can I break this?
    When I pull her out of the batters box & she swings she swings accurately... but when in the box & being pitched to she hesitates, slows down here swing & breaks her wrists mid swing & her bat is everywhere....
    Any suggestions?
    Do you have any video of this?

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    no video, sorry - but a very obvious breaking of the wrists...
    I too wondered if it was a confidence thing..
    I pitch to her - yes. She does it when the other girls (teams) pitch to her & when I have to step in to pitch for our team (our rules are you can't "walk" in a run - coach comes in & the girl is given 3 pitches only). If you ask her to step out & swing ... she has a beautiful strong swing - its when I pitch to her or another girl...... I tell her what she is doing & she will swing, do great & correct it - then back in the batters box & she breaks early.. EVERY TIME!
    Anything out there to break that??

    you know she also just started complaining of the bat sting too - is she afraid to hit it because it will hurt? maybe it is a confidence thing..... thoughts?
    Last edited by SSmom83; 06-18-2010 at 08:23 PM. Reason: add info

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    At this age I would do assisted matrix drill. get behind her, get her grip set, bring her hands back with some elbow seperation, if she loads/strides get to that point then have her drop her back shoulder swing her to contact(palm up palm down, arms bent, back at 90, etc). repeat several times then do it all the way through extension and finish. This may take several times to break.

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    wrists have to take over when the swing addition (see Slaught)/sequence is inefficient/out of order.

    Some motionanalysis details:

    Bat Speed -- Baseball Hitting Forum

    By the way, all athletes who have premature wrist roll have gotten long early in their swing. The distance from the hands to the body has gotten out to over six inches from the body or the angle has increased to over 50 degrees. If this happens early in the swing (because the athlete is thinking of getting the hands to the ball) the athlete will reach maximum bat acceleration. The wrist will roll because the arms have now fully extended. In order to continue their rotational path, the wrists must roll and now are being acted upon by the forces of the body. This is often mistaken by some coaches as great bat speed or release of the bat. The bat releases like a whip, it does not roll on release. The roll is a part of follow through. Just what are we really teaching.

    Zig Ziegler


    Bat Speed -- Baseball Hitting Forum

    Bat Speed -- Baseball Hitting Forum

    Bat Speed -- Baseball Hitting Forum

    Bat Speed -- Baseball Hitting Forum

    Epstein is another system (beside Slaught/rightview) that teaches the HLBB swing and fixes wrist roll and poor sequencing, starting with bat on deltoid and teaching how to power the swing by hips leading hands/separation and prevention of lunging.

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    Read hitters posts on the hands over drill. I had a bunch of travel ball players that I call back slappers or wrist rollers. I taught them this drill and then taught them what extension looked like and how the bat should finish. We just set a team record at 15U wth 7 HR's in one tournament. This was one of the main issues, along with a few others that I corrected. It drives me crazy to see all the kids hitting themself in the back and none of the coaches understand what the root cause is. Try this . Have them do the mattrix drill as someone posted above. Come to contact with your hand at contact. Have them roll the wrists and I can take my little finger and push the bat back. Now don't roll the wrists and have them feel how much stronger they are. What do you think happens to the ball at contact when the bat is weak. Watch it on video and you can see the ball as it comes off the bat. If you have a whip hit, have them swing it and make sure they have a helmet on! It will punish you if you roll your wrists.

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