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14yo Maddie

May 24, 2013
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First games back with her 14U TB team, Maddie banged a couple out to about 210'+. Unfortunately, the field had a 240+' fence, and she's not a particularly speedy runner. Both hits resulted in stand-up triples.

Most importantly, Maddie says she's feeling really good about her swing right now, which is a complete flip from what she was feeling just a few months ago.


The "waggle" that she is doing on the first swing is a new thing for her. She told me it's helping her feel her elbows moving together.
 

pattar

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First games back with her 14U TB team, Maddie banged a couple out to about 210'+. Unfortunately, the field had a 240+' fence, and she's not a particularly speedy runner. Both hits resulted in stand-up triples.

Most importantly, Maddie says she's feeling really good about her swing right now, which is a complete flip from what she was feeling just a few months ago.


The "waggle" that she is doing on the first swing is a new thing for her. She told me it's helping her feel her elbows moving together.
I like the waggle..I always had some sort of waggle in my setup if I remember correctly. For me it was more of a queue to stay loose/relaxed.
 
May 24, 2013
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I like the waggle..I always had some sort of waggle in my setup if I remember correctly. For me it was more of a queue to stay loose/relaxed.
She has waggled a few different ways over the years. This is a new move for her, and I really like her intent behind it.
 
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First games back with her 14U TB team, Maddie banged a couple out to about 210'+. Unfortunately, the field had a 240+' fence, and she's not a particularly speedy runner. Both hits resulted in stand-up triples.

Most importantly, Maddie says she's feeling really good about her swing right now, which is a complete flip from what she was feeling just a few months ago.


The "waggle" that she is doing on the first swing is a new thing for her. She told me it's helping her feel her elbows moving together.
Nice Eric... love the updates on Maddie, Congrats!!
 
Apr 2, 2015
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Great swing. Nice coil as she goes forward, nice flat forearm at toe touch.

I hate to say anything, the swing is so good. The only thing I really noticed is just after hip slot, she pushes her front bicep slightly away from the torso. It's not much - maybe an inch or two.

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At this point, when you push the hands forward, it prevents the bat head from coming forward/around. For that fraction of a second, the bat just stays in the same lag position while the hands come forward.

With the bat head around slightly sooner, she would be able to hit balls hard when they get deeper, and when they are outside. Maybe a few less popups, since the bat head would be higher at contact. Maybe more center field slams.
 
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May 24, 2013
9,639
83
So Cal
Great swing. Nice coil as she goes forward, nice flat forearm at toe touch.

I hate to say anything, the swing is so good. The only thing I really noticed is just after hip slot, she pushes her front bicep slightly away from the torso. It's not much - maybe an inch or two.

View attachment 14210

At this point, when you push the hands forward, it prevents the bat head from coming forward/around. For that fraction of a second, the bat just stays in the same lag position while the hands come forward.

With the bat head around slightly sooner, she would be able to hit balls hard when they get deeper, and when they are outside. Maybe a few less popups, since the bat head would be higher at contact. Maybe more center field slams.
Improving this issue is one the things she is currently working on.
 
May 24, 2013
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Finally got a chance to cut out some swings from last week's cage session...

She still has a lingering tendency to push her hands away from her shoulder (it's getting better), and her barrel path is a little too flat and around, rather than attacking steeper and more inside. However, I continue to be impressed with her suddenness. The work continues...
 
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