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Sequence?

Apr 20, 2018
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Sequence. I hear the word used a lot. Is there one correct sequence? Is there a firing order? Think automobile spark plugs.

So a hitter get loaded and stretched (just before heel plant or front foot down) Let's assume the hitter is in a good position here. Good spine angle, balanced and hands in a good spot.

What is the sequence from here? Do muscles fire in a specific order? Like forearms (ttb), glute, obliques, quads ,scap, forearms or do they all fire at once? (suddenous/ explode) Could one hitter do it one way and another hitter do differently but both be very good hitters?
 
May 9, 2019
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The way I taught my DD was, hitting starts at the feet, and works it's way up all the way to the hands, then the barrel.

With that in mind, the first phase of all sequences involves the coil, or pull back, then an explosive release.

In regards to the actual sequence, again everything starts at the feet. The pull and the release, both start at the feet and go in the same order through the release.

I used the analogy of a bow and arrow. You must pull back or create negative energy to generate explosive positive energy.

Once she got this understood clearly, then we went onto what I call the one, two, three drill, where I would clump each movement into three phases, the third obviously being the actual swing. This worked really well for my DD, but may not for yours. Just sharing my experiences. :)
 
Jul 29, 2013
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Sequence. I hear the word used a lot. Is there one correct sequence? Is there a firing order? Think automobile spark plugs.

So a hitter get loaded and stretched (just before heel plant or front foot down) Let's assume the hitter is in a good position here. Good spine angle, balanced and hands in a good spot.

What is the sequence from here? Do muscles fire in a specific order? Like forearms (ttb), glute, obliques, quads ,scap, forearms or do they all fire at once? (suddenous/ explode) Could one hitter do it one way and another hitter do differently but both be very good hitters?
Here's one to try without much complication:
From a regular relaxed stance, stride as though turning to walk toward the pitcher.
During the stride tilt the barrel toward the pitcher and point the knob toward the catcher by raising the rear elbow above the hands with the front elbow down again the ribs.
Then, throw the barrel in a rearward arc away from the ball. As the barrel moves rearward, the front arm will be stretched across the torso.
Turn your body to rotate the barrel to the ball.
Toss the bat and jog around the bases.
The harder you throw the barrel rearward, the more effort you'll have to apply to get it to turn to the ball and the further the ball will go when you hit it.
Don't get bogged down in what muscles fire and when. Your body will figure it out much the same way you learned to walk.
 
Oct 13, 2014
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South Cali
Since I am one of the culprits that throws that word around a lot. I will give a detailed description to what I mean.

Imo there is a sequence to load and unload.

I want the load to move middle out (balance). With the ground force starting the process. Getting into the ground while establishing posture and the posterior chain which simultaneously counter rotates the middle if one creates a load in the Sagittal plane, while momentum takes the body forward. The obliques are being reactively stretched during this phase.


At the finish of the load ( toe touch/ heel down ) the slack should be completely taken out of the core and the mass should be in between the knees (shifted) to a new position in space (dynamically).


Once the load is complete, the weight will shift, the hips will start to rotate forward due to angular momentum while the core and upper body reactively resists this rotation only because of the sync of the loading sequence. There shouldn’t be any active holding or clamping etc.


At this point it’s about accelerating and decelerating the rotation of the hips, core ,arms, hands and lastly the bat...

The hips have gotten a head start opening while the core/chest is stretched backward. The core is pulled forward as is the chest after the core and eventually the lead arm which is leveraged by the wrist and serves as a fulcrum to the bat.


The goal is not to rotate as hard as you can into the ball (drag ) but to actually decel the rotation in sequence to speed up the rotation of the next ‘lever’ in the sequence. Eventually to create a reactive ‘whip’ effect and catapult like rotational acceleration in the swing.


https://twitter.com/onbaseu/status/1138936648622780416?s=21

Powering the swing with anything but the middle of the body and the ground is inefficient and will lead to compensations. Of course all of this is in my honest opinion.
 

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