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					The Baseball Swing - Rotational Hitting Explained

<p>It seems like baseball instruction in the area of hitting mechanics is
splitting into two different camps. Rotational hitting vs. Linear
hitting. If you're new to the baseball world, or are just unfamiliar with
the new exciting terminology, let me offer some
explanation.</p><p><b>Rotational Hitting</b></p><p>The purpose of the
baseball swing is to transfer the most energy into the baseball as
possible. In order to get the most energy created, there are specific
parts of the body that need to move at the correct time in order for this
energy to occur.</p><p>A rotational approach offers that the energy used
in creating a powerful baseball swing stems from the back side of the
body, and more specifically the lower half of the back side. The
controlled chain reaction that happens when the back side is moved at
precisely the correct time toward the pitch is quite powerful. On the
flip side, incorrect timing of the back knee and hip will produce a
sluggish bat.</p><p><u>A rotational approach to hitting uses the follow
steps to a good baseball swing:</u></p><p>1. A good weight shift to the
back leg from the stance position as a hitter is preparing to hit. Make
sure that this weight shift is not purely horizontal in motion, since
this will create an imbalance.</p><p>2. The next step is the trigger.
This is the most important movement that separates a rotational hitter
from a linear hitter. The triggering process should begin with the back
knee turning and moving towards the pitcher (as apposed to simply
spinning in place). The back hip will quickly follow the back knee in the
rotation process. Lastly, the hands will begin to enter into the hitting
zone. It's important that the hands do not begin the swing since the
power is stemming from the back knee and hip. Early hand movement would
negate any effort to use energy from the back side of the hitter's
body.</p><p>3. As the bat enters the zone, one will begin to see signs
that a rotational approach has been utilized. The common tell tale signs
are the balance points. The easiest to explain in writing is that upon
contact with the pitch there will be vertical alignment with the inside
shoulder joint, the back hip, and the back knee joint. This alignment
shows that balance is retained and no weight has shifted forward onto the
front foot (more of a linear style).</p><p>As an aside, rotational
hitting is used by most major colleges and a vast majority of Major
League hitters. It provide balance and power to the baseball
swing.</p><p>Nate Barnett is owner of Your Sport Guru, a sports
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