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    I mentioned him in a post a few days ago and got me thinking. The former Oklahoma State coach won 16 straight conference championships. Averaged 9 point something runs per game. Some of his staff moved on to LSU and Gorilla Ball was the results. The knock on his teachings is that it doesn't translate to the wood bat. We don't play with wood. He isn't a rotation guy. Just thinking.

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    I can't tell you how many hitting dvds I bought over the years. I thought these coaches surely have it mastered. Best advice I got early on was the "Hanson Principle"......Does what they are saying match video of what the best in the world are doing? I'm not familiar with Ward, but see if his words and his hitters match video of the best.....

    Do a search of "Scott Kingery". Leads minor leagues in homeruns. 5'10, 180lbs. Hit 3 homeruns last year, made some changes, already has over 20 this year....
    Disclaimer: I swing a bat to verify....

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    His guys in college and the LSU guys look similar to what he teaches. Most have been changed once the get to MLB. In the 80's he was consider one of the best. He has some YouTube stuff from NMSU that's up.

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    Yikes


    Run!!!
    Disclaimer: I swing a bat to verify....

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    That's a pictures of him swinging from his touch system. He teaches about 7 or 8 different positions to hold the bat according to arm length. He has had duplicated success over a very long period of time. Very different than most but you can't argue with results. Look at the NMSU training videos if you want a complete understanding what he teaches. He is a linear, pull/push guy, knees work together, swing from the front muscles, inward pressure of the legs, stride down into your legs, front arm pit no air, belly button to the ball, chest staying vertically stacked and in harmony, elbow down during the swing,and hitting is below the elbows. One of the first to talk about the gap between the back shoulder and the bat.

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    Yes, Run, Don't Walk, But Run To The Nearest Exit!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango View Post
    That's a pictures of him swinging from his touch system. He teaches about 7 or 8 different positions to hold the bat according to arm length. He has had duplicated success over a very long period of time. Very different than most but you can't argue with results. Look at the NMSU training videos if you want a complete understanding what he teaches. He is a linear, pull/push guy, knees work together, swing from the front muscles, inward pressure of the legs, stride down into your legs, front arm pit no air, belly button to the ball, chest staying vertically stacked and in harmony, elbow down during the swing,and hitting is below the elbows. One of the first to talk about the gap between the back shoulder and the bat.
    Baloney Sandwich. Show me game swings of a hitter that swings like we see below that has been successful.


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    His system is on YouTube if one is so disposed to watch. Maybe a day I have little to do. Anyway, if memory serves, his best/most successful student was Robin Ventura, and he made a ton of changes before he played in the MLB.

    So far as I can tell, his system worked great with the light aluminum bats of the 1980s and 1990s. Once the -3 became regulation, whatever he taught went out of vogue. The guys who were so great at LSU never really hit in pro ball.

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    LOL. He has plenty of video but the pictures being used to make a point that isn't fair to his teachings. He has a very good track record. I do use some of his stuff but not much. 1. Not sure what he's talking about in the first picture. 2. Holding his shirt trying to calm the hands. Pete Inc. lead college baseball from that position with 40 plus home runs. 3. Touch system again. He used the positions as a teaching tool. Be fair to his teachings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pstein View Post
    His system is on YouTube if one is so disposed to watch. Maybe a day I have little to do. Anyway, if memory serves, his best/most successful student was Robin Ventura, and he made a ton of changes before he played in the MLB.

    So far as I can tell, his system worked great with the light aluminum bats of the 1980s and 1990s. Once the -3 became regulation, whatever he taught went out of vogue. The guys who were so great at LSU never really hit in pro ball.
    Exactly, that's what made me bring him up. This is a site for fastpitch softball not MLB. If you want to use th pictures above, he is swinging a old Black Magic which was a -3 back in the day.

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