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May 20, 2019
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So last night I made an observation. During warm-ups she was doing walk through long toss and posture/brush was great. Problem is as soon as she got in the circle monkey butt city again..... gotta be a drive mechanics issue?
 
Apr 12, 2015
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During the walk-through, her forward momentum is preventing her from twisting to open. In the circle, with no forward momentum, her habit of twisting to open takes over.

The solution remains the same as earlier and should be a strict point of emphasis during practice:

Imagine she has headlights on her shoulders and front of her thighs. She should try to keep all four headlights pointed straight at the catcher as she drives out. She won't be able to, but that should be her mindset. Once she stops twisting to open and lets the open start happening naturally, her posture will immediately improve.
It will take some time and effort to correct, but she'll get there.
 
May 15, 2008
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Something that sometimes cures monkey butt is telling them to stay tall. Monkey butt can be viewed as bending over and if that's what it feels like to her then telling her to stay tall gives her a different feel to focus on.
 
Jan 6, 2009
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Chehalis, Wa
So last night I made an observation. During warm-ups she was doing walk through long toss and posture/brush was great. Problem is as soon as she got in the circle monkey butt city again..... gotta be a drive mechanics issue?
Does it look like there is a hitch is her motion?

Where in her arm circle does she drive off the rubber?
 
May 20, 2019
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During the walk-through, her forward momentum is preventing her from twisting to open. In the circle, with no forward momentum, her habit of twisting to open takes over.

The solution remains the same as earlier and should be a strict point of emphasis during practice:



It will take some time and effort to correct, but she'll get there.
Yes I agree with this and will revisit this and see if this que will work.
 
Jan 6, 2009
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Chehalis, Wa
Been a while since I posted progress. Still fighting posture but getting better. Also seems to be not entirely palm up down the backside. Control and velocity improving each week. Starting to get some better spin with 2 seam grip as well. Point out any other issues that jump out :)

I like the arc/path of the ball. A good drop ball has a hump, breaks like a curveball in baseball that also has a hump.
 
Oct 4, 2018
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It seems to never stop raining this fall so not getting much circle time. Lots of backyard sessions although its starting to get dark earlier. We are still working hard on posture. I think I have identified one of the major issues causing the posture though. She is fairly consistently stepping well across the powerline.(and no we aren't trying to throw screwballs lol). Dragbox is helping correct drive foot twist. Its like a Neverending game of whack-a-mole!
Flood lights. :)
 

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