Baseball Instruction/Back Hip Turn


BretMan wrote at 2008-04-14 00:56:43
Better yet, drop the whole "squish the bug" approach and focus on using the same techniques used by the world's elite hitters. They do NOT pivot while bearing weight on the back foot!

"Squish the bug" has been debunked by most modern hitting instructors. Focusing the batter's pivot on the rear foot is not an optimal way of generating rotational power. In fact, it is a hinderance.

A hitter is far better served by creating forward momentum that is resisted by a firm front leg. You do this by getting weight shifting forward, off the back side. This will create a pivot point that is centered around the front hip, not the back foot.

But don't take my word for it. You can see this yourself by studying video of elite hitters at work. You can pick up enough just by TiVO'ing a Major League game and playing it back in slow motion to debunk the "squish the bug" approach.

Watch in slow motion as these hitters take their cuts. The back foot is moving UP, rolling up on the toes and quite often leaving the ground altogether. That is physically impossible if the back foot is, indeed, bearing weight.

The movement of the rear foot is an EFFECT of forces being generated in the forward direction, not a CAUSE of powerful rotation.

Focusing on the back foot as a pivot point will reduce bat speed and create a far less powerful swing than shifting momentum forward and pivoting around the front hip.

.577dad wrote at 2012-12-16 02:56:15
"Squishing the bug", while it might promote "a" hip turn, doesn't promote the proper hip turn in a rotational swing. The hips should rotate around the axis created by the spine. Meaning both hips should move. The front hip moves backwards(by the stiffening of the front leg)and the back hip moves forward by pulling the rear thigh forward. "Squishing the bug" is actually a very detrimental move to teach a developing hitter.

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