Combine those two ... "tension" and "connection" .... and I think you've been around the game long enough to realize what some kids would do with that instruction ... it isn't pretty ... and we both probably see it frequently.
Last edited by FiveFrameSwing; 12-19-2018 at 03:28 PM.
The order I gave is the order of importance I tend to use during general instruction.
One head coach that is sometimes in the cages when I am there will shake their head when I teach that the torso-engine is the third most important part of the swing ... because they believe it to be #1 ... and while I respect that, my answer is always the same ... a hitter needs rhythm to time the pitcher, and they need to be in sequence if they are going to use their torso-engine efficiently.
That said, when working with kids I'll jump ahead to #3 if they are struggling with #2, and then revert back to #2. It can help to know how the torso engine works so that you can do a better job preparing to use the torso engine.
I laughed again at the "Don’t look at strike 3" comment. With two-strikes I want my hitters in "battle mode" ... prior to two strikes I want them in "predator mode".
Eric F (12-19-2018)
Good addition. I ask my girls to head to the plate with the mentality of "I'm going to crush the ball". I want them thinking positive, trusting themselves, etc.
On every pitch, you have a "YES!" attitude. In the stance, "YES I WILL CRUSH IT!" In the load, "YES I WILL CRUSH IT!" In the step, "YES I WILL CRUSH IT!" Only when you decide not to swing is the thought changed.
Another mental perspective I personally advocate is ... Don’t swing out of your shoes. Have the discipline to stop swinging as hard as you can.
For some hitters, I tell them to replace the mentality of hitting the ball hard, with the mentality of swinging "short". Many young hitters push the hands/bat-handle forward when they think of hitting the ball hard. Instead I want what I refer to as being 'short'. When they grasp swinging 'short' their barrel speed picks up and they hit the ball hard ... but the focus is more on being 'short' than on hitting the ball hard. Hitting 'short' is also more of a 'barreling up'/'getting behind the ball' mentality.
Hey 5, when I talk sequence I’m referring to working from the ground up (tension in legs at foot plant, front hip begin to work rearward, back knee pinches forward, all while upper body is still resisting). Is this what you consider good sequence ?