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What's the Problem with Rotation?
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Chris O'Leary



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25 Jan 2018 02:44 PM
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I've heard lots of explanations for why a focus on Rotation is bad.

What have you heard?

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25 Jan 2018 05:11 PM
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First off I just want to say I am a pitcher. I was never really a great hitter, but I have watched a lot of baseball. Second thing is that I don’t lean towards linear or rotational hitting. I get both arguments. From my observations it seems that rotational hitters tend to be less on time. One thing I do know about hitting is it is all about timing. I think it would be easier to adjust timing with the hands than it is hips. High-level rotational guys have impeccable timing and rotate at the right times. A guy like Josh Donaldson makes solid and consistently hard contact. The problem is guys who don’t have that timing struggle big time. If your too late your bat never gets through the zone and you can’t hit a fastball. If your too early, you generate weak contact because you’ve already transferred your energy through the kinetic chain and have no power left by the time the ball gets there. I’m no expert on hitting and that’s why I wanted to write this because I’d like to here your thoughts.

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25 Jan 2018 10:00 PM
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Is this not an effective means to adjust in a rotational swing? Seems intuitive. (crossing my fingers these gifs show up correctly)

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Steve Johnson



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25 Jan 2018 10:12 PM
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Posted By Chris O'Leary on 25 Jan 2018 02:44 PM
I've heard lots of explanations for why a focus on Rotation is bad.

What have you heard?
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Not so much that "rotational" is bad, just a lot of poor instruction. Vague, meaningless gibberish. Quick hands... Hands to the ball... Push the bat... Swing down at the ball... Push with the back leg. Or people that make it so darn complicated you need a PhD to follow what they are saying.

There was a kid on my son's select team that was the best hitter on the team. Great hip action for his age. He is one of those that just figured it out on his own. But his dad and one of the coaches badgered him so much with "quick hands" and "don't fly open" that he eventually turned into an average hitter.

Sad to say, I told my son to ignore his coaches. Everybody thinks they know what they are talking about so have no interest in hearing anything different. I am surprised at how poor ex-pros are at teaching it (at least the local ones). Jocks may be good at doing, but are not necessarily good at teaching. Takes the "nerds" to analyze, break it down and make it teachable.

Chris O'Leary



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26 Jan 2018 11:09 AM
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As I've said, in my (direct) experience -- as recently as with the guys at HSSU in 2017 -- most problems that are diagnosed as problems with Rotation are actually problems with...

- Timing http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Hitt...pts/Timing
- Adjustability http://clients.chrisoleary.com/Hitt...ustability

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26 Jan 2018 11:11 AM
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Posted By Steve Johnson on 25 Jan 2018 10:00 PM
Is this not an effective means to adjust in a rotational swing? Seems intuitive. (crossing my fingers these gifs show up correctly)
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Well, that's Correa, so it seems like it works. ;-)
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