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Help with timing.

Mar 28, 2014
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Working on initial drive screen shots. You can see here where I believe her arm gets ahead of her drive.
screenshot 1 of 3 here says it all. Been there done that have the t-shirt.

She needs more lean before her drive starts. A sharper angle of her drive leg shin before pushing off. Note the pics below. Torso in line with shin angle of the stride foot, The angles of both shins are matching or very close to matching. Hers aren't. Increasing the angle of her drive leg shin will make her drive more towards the catcher and get here stride foot down faster. That will go a long way towards fixing her sequencing. Work on that and then revisit. I think you will find that it will fix it for the most part.

If your daughter dropped a penny from her nose, where would it land? It would hit her knee. If the pitchers below did it, it would land well in front of any part of their body. Get her nose over her skis.





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screenshot 1 of 3 here says it all. Been there done that have the t-shirt.

She needs more lean before her drive starts. A sharper angle of her drive leg shin before pushing off. Note the pics below. Torso in line with shin angle of the stride foot, The angles of both shins are matching or very close to matching. Hers aren't. Increasing the angle of her drive leg shin will make her drive more towards the catcher and get here stride foot down faster. That will go a long way towards fixing her sequencing. Work on that and then revisit. I think you will find that it will fix it for the most part.

If your daughter dropped a penny from her nose, where would it land? It would hit her knee. If the pitchers below did it, it would land well in front of any part of their body. Get her nose over her skis.





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Yes I agree, how did you fix it? I keep telling/showing her that and she keeps doing what she is doing lol. I'm gonna have to find a way to isolate it.
 
Mar 28, 2014
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Yes I agree, how did you fix it? I keep telling/showing her that and she keeps doing what she is doing lol. I'm gonna have to find a way to isolate it.
start with this drill from java source -

Stand Tall, Fall, Go

Assuming she's right-handed...

The Set-Up

  1. Standing on the RIGHT leg... the KNEE CANNOT BE BENT. LEG IS STRAIGHT. 100% of weight is on this leg.
  2. Left leg is slightly flexed, toe is on "pointe", staggered behind the right. (Bearing NO weight).
  3. Arms are extended a la Frankenstein out in front... or "zombie-style" if you prefer... ;)
  4. Butt cheeks are "cracking a walnut"... and do not stop doing so THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PITCH!!!
  5. The hips should be lightly out in front of the shoulders... sort of like you're thrusting them in the direction of the catcher. (spine LIGHTLY hyper-extended)

The Motion

From the set-up position.. the athlete is instructed to:

  1. Remain standing tall & cracking a walnut... RIGHT KNEE CANNOT BEND... they start to fall in a face-plant fashion.
  2. Once they start falling (NOT BEFORE & NOT AT THE SAME TIME), they need to tear into a backswing... and I mean fast. They MUST pass the hip, BUT THEY WILL FEEL LIKE THEY CANNOT. If they comfortably backswing (beyond 8 o'clock) they either: bent the knee too soon or started backswinging too soon.
  3. They will then push from the rubber... this is not a teach, it will need to happen... and it's ok if the push happens around the same time as the beginning of the backswing (sorta preferred, actually).

2 & 3 Are interchangeable... the push from the rubber will be a protection reflex... as they will not want to face-plant... BUT THEY MUST BE INTO THE LEAN.

Depending on the degree of timing correction needed they will feel anywhere from uncomfortable to terrible doing this drill (the backswing will really mess the feel up).

WHY THIS WORKS:

1) Athletes that have bad timing are ARM DOMINANT... this makes them DRIVE DOMINANT.
2) Many athletes post on their drive leg UNTIL THEIR CENTER OF GRAVITY is forward enough for the drive muscles to activate. Displaced hips (behind shoulders) is the number 1 killer of proper arm-leg timing... and often the weakness lies in the spine/lower-extremity linkage.
3) By SLIGHTLY hyper-extending the spine (hips thrust forward a bit), cracking the walnut, and DELAYING THE STRETCH REFLEX in the knee (bending it)... the displacement never occurs, the link between core/lower-body remains intact, and the knee actually fires in response to the fall (forward momentum).
4) By delaying the onset of the backswing, BUT REQUIRING A BACKSWING TO OCCUR, the lower body gets ahead of the arm circle.

This is a drill I created that works 100% of the time... WHEN UNDERSTOOD AND IMPLEMENTED CORRECTLY.

This is the most effective timing related drill I ever created... and I'll gladly accept gifts for sharing it with you all. Just remember where you heard it first!!! ;)

Rinse & Repeat 100 times a night 6 days a week. No ball required, but it does help. After 2-months (5,000 reps), she'll be so comfortable with this new timing, she'll be able to sense when it is off... which is the most important skill-type we can teach these young ladies (self-awareness).
 
Mar 28, 2014
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Thanks, she has to get ready for practice but we worked on the pictures before your last message
Look at her arm position at heel plant now. Where will the penny hit the ground now if she drops it from her nose? Good job. Some folks will also have them hold a broomstick or the like in their left hand so they have something to "lean on" while falling forward so they can get the feeling of what it feels like.
 

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