Coach corrected her and said to use it the "proper way" as it promotes a level swing. I almost
went out to the girl to congratulate her on her ingenuity . Also my DD tried to skip that station but was caught in the act...lol.
Another one. Seager doing something similar with back foot but obviously not as dramatic. Looks like he gets to that position when his front knee goes from straight to bent at or near contact. Coach mentioned the back foot again last practice and while I do think it has something to with her lowering herself too much, I am wondering if it also is partially due to her getting to her not getting enough and not holding, stretch in her swing, with the possible result being a bent straight leg at contact. The reason I say this is we have been working on staying tall on low pitches and she is doing it better off the tee (she still flattens her barrel way too early way on pitched balls and hence really has no choice from there to lower herself to
be able to get her bat to a ball middle/low) . However even when she stays "tall" she a ) doesn't straighten up front leg and b) ends up in that strange position with her back foot.
These posts regarding the back foot are just me trying to think out loud regarding what I am seeing. I am not really mentioning the back foot/front leg much in my instruction, hoping that if she does the other stuff correctly (sequencing and barrel path) it will work itself out.
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Check out Justin Stone at Elitebaseballtv.com and Antonelli baseball both are on youtube. Justin has a lot of video's but the one I used the most with my DD was the feet together step and hit. Matt Antonelli has a really good video explaining why the "flying open shoulder" is usually misdiagnosed. I have been down the road you are on with my 8 yo starting when she was 6. Best thing I ever did was go to a couple of lessons from a reputable guy and learned to be patient, my attitude always affected her even when I thought I was hiding my frustration. She has progressed a ton just from giving her 2-3 week breaks. I learned this after she broke her thumb during rec ball, missed to tb tournaments and came back hitting better than she ever had.
Yes, I follow both of those guys on youtube. We've done the feet together drill before and it helped.
My patience is improving, slowly. One thing which has helped me is to periodically look back at her older swings to get some perspective on she has improved. I've also learned some tricks which seem to make our hitting sessions go
more smoothly. For example last night I gave her a hug before we hit and told her that I was proud of how
hard she was working to get better. Had a great session. Hug thing probably won't work when she is 14 but I'll roll with it while I can
From tonight. Sorry for the view.
My mother used to tell me if I had nothing good to say then to say nothing....
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