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    DD striding to toe, looks in a great position. But as the heel meets the ground everything kind of just "flys open". Trying to get her to just stride to her foot but she doesn't "feel" herself doing it.

    I think it has a bit to do with letting the ball travel more. She sees a lot more velocity than she is used to and she is much quicker than she realizes. This issue makes her extremely vulnerable to anything off speed and the outer half of the plate.

    I have done every drill in the book. BP swings look great. In the games, She looks like babe ruth up to the point of her front toe landing.. Then everything just goes awry when the heel drops. Of course the coach keeps telling her to "keep her shoulder in" not really looking for a root cause.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman View Post
    DD striding to toe, looks in a great position. But as the heel meets the ground everything kind of just "flys open". Trying to get her to just stride to her foot but she doesn't "feel" herself doing it.

    I think it has a bit to do with letting the ball travel more. She sees a lot more velocity than she is used to and she is much quicker than she realizes. This issue makes her extremely vulnerable to anything off speed and the outer half of the plate.

    I have done every drill in the book. BP swings look great. In the games, She looks like babe ruth up to the point of her front toe landing.. Then everything just goes awry when the heel drops. Of course the coach keeps telling her to "keep her shoulder in" not really looking for a root cause.
    If it's anything similar to this I wouldn't worry about it. I would record her during a live at bat with the pitcher in the frame to see if everything else is looking good. Gather on time, loading on time, and launching on time.

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    The lead shoulder doesn't remain in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman View Post
    DD striding to toe, looks in a great position. But as the heel meets the ground everything kind of just "flys open". Trying to get her to just stride to her foot but she doesn't "feel" herself doing it.
    I recommend reconsidering a goal of keeping the lead foot closed into heel plant.

    Once you realize that objective with a hitter, it can be difficult to undo the damage.

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    YOur DD probably has a timing issue not a front shoulder issue. The upper torso kinda resist the lower torso. (X factor) And then releases. If she is turning the torso as one big piece (hips and shoulders together with no X factor then maybe she has a sequence/swing problem. I think it timing.

    "But as the heel meets the ground everything kind of just "flys open""

    THis ^^^^^ sounds like a good feeling to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveFrameSwing View Post
    I recommend reconsidering a goal of keeping the lead foot closed into heel plant.

    Once you realize that objective with a hitter, it can be difficult to undo the damage.
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    Front shoulder can be controlled by having good stretch of the hands during stride. Front foot opening slightly before foot down is result of lower body/hips beginning to fire. I would focus stretch during the stride. JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornbread View Post
    Front shoulder can be controlled by having good stretch of the hands during stride. Front foot opening slightly before foot down is result of lower body/hips beginning to fire. I would focus stretch during the stride. JMO
    Can I get you to describe what a "good stretch of the hands" is? Perhaps outline the body segments that the stretch is between.


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