As I told the college coach after he watched Slaught and Englishbey in an impromptu debate at Spring Klein some years back, rock skipping is throwing. Throwing is leading with the elbow to form a loop to deliver energy. Rock skipping requires throwing with the forearm laid over away from the shoulder to get the rock flat to the water. That's a perfect description of the bat drag position. Analysis 21 through 25. Now I know the software deals with this and I know Mike or Don would put the hitter in a different and better position. But that wouldn't be the position a kid would get in to skip a rock. IOW, the cue is likely to cause a problem with some kids.You are correct. Englishbey and many others are on my reading list. So you don't like the idea of skipping a rock across the pond with the back hand. I do like the frisbee with two hands. I only use the rock skipping with the real young ones, when I'm showing them to lead with the back elbow . That is why I like the hammer drill the best.
Could be true.When you watch Candrea describe/use the cue, he is careful to show that what he means involves not getting the elbow too far ahead or behind the hands, but he likes the elbow leading a little which IS typical of MLB swings.
So lets not misrepresent the cues/interpretation.
Even Tom will have a difficult time reconciling this with Epstein. Who wants the front foot open significantly at launch. (he says 45 degrees or more, but all of the hitters he works with on videos, etc. are about 70 degrees.)One more knew thing that has not came up yet is what we call the bucket drill and stepping on the inside of the lead foot on a flex front legg into the side of a bucket filled with concrete or sand. This was another way we have found to improve that Don and Sue were testing and has not been posted yet.