Much of the content on this page can be found spread throughout the other pages on the site. However, I thought I would take bits and pieces of content to create this page. This particular page puts together the movements of a solid swing into a sequence.
If you've read some of my other pages, you are probably aware that our energy is drawn from the ground before being distributed to the baseball. However, due to all of the possible movements that our bodies are capable of making, sometime much of that energy is released ahead of time. Once this happens, we can not get it back.
Let's take a look the concept of energy from capture to release.
1) Capture- Our energy is captured from the ground during our loading phase. A proper weight transfer of our lower half will allow the energy to be drawn and stored momentarily on our back side in chamber-like fashion.
2) Storage- The energy is now stored momentarily while pitch recognition takes place. Keeping this energy stored is as simple as staying in a cocked and loaded position without any premature movements such as head movement, diving out over the plate or lunging forward. All three of these movement will cause this energy to be released prematurely.
3) Distribution- This is the phase where our energy is either applied properly to and through the baseball or lost somewhere along the line. This energy should be distributed from the ground up. A hitter needs to create torque to allow this energy to be distributed properly. In order to create torque, there needs to be a momentary separation of the lower half and the upper half.
This separation occurs in the following manner:
1) Back heel lifts causing pressure on the inside ball of the back foot. While this occurs, the front leg remains stiff to counter this pressure.
2) Back knee is driven in toward the mid-line of the body. At this point, the separation has occurred. The lower half has launched while the hands have remained loaded. Your body is now in a sense, coiled.
3) Next, we need to uncoil by launching our rear hip and hands. When doing this, be sure that the rear hip, hands and rear shoulder stay connected, or in line with one-another. This is what allows us to distribute our energy through the baseball. Losing that connection will cause some of that energy to "leak" out.
The lower half clearing itself will allow the hitter to work his hands inside the baseball. It also allows him to keep the bat-head through the hitting zone until extension ceases. This is where roll over will then take place.