About Natural Hitting
Natural Hitting is the culmination of countless hours of effort and study. It has taken over 25 years of research to finally attain an understanding of the Natural Movement that is seen in the elite Major League hitters. This understanding developed from the discovery of how the human body is made to produce movement in a way that is almost effortless and produces great results.
The journey to this discovery went through several stages. At first, I studied other hitting techniques and mechanics like Charley Lau, Ted Williams, Lefebvre, and many others. I also spent a multitude of hours watching and analyzing slow motion video. After testing all the popular theories and even coming up with many theories of my own, it seemed that the elusive secret to hitting was going to remain exactly that, a secret.
On the verge of giving up, I decided to try a totally different approach. This approach focused on cause and effect. I realized that what we were all seeing when we witnessed a great swing was the effect, and so I set out to find the cause. I knew that what we see on the outside of the body is the effect and what causes the body to move is the muscles that we can not see which are inside the body.
At this point, I began to learn all that I could about the muscles of the body, how they work, and what each one does. After spending a lot of time learning and trying to figure out what muscles the elite Major League hitters are using and how they are using them to cause their swing, I found that this was not the right way to learn or teach the swing. There are hundreds of muscles in the human body and so many of them are used during the movements of the swing that there is no way to train each muscle to work and coordinate with the other muscles using conscious thoughts.
This realization led me to researching how the human body creates movements naturally, without thinking. I looked at the development of movement in babies and toddlers, and questioned what they might be thinking. Since movement is natural for babies and toddlers then it would stand to reason that we all must be born with that innate need to move naturally.
I found that Natural Movement begins with a simple thought process. Babies and toddlers naturally have this simple thought process because it is an inherent way of thinking. As we get older though, we can lose this thought process when we learn to reason and think logically. We start to look at movement differently and try to copy the results, or effect, of the movement that we see instead of copying the movement itself. The good news is that while it may seem as though you have lost your ability to move naturally, you can still learn the thinking that it takes to regain your Natural Movement. Once you have learned the thinking required to create Natural Movement, you can apply that thinking to hitting and attain the Natural Swing of the elite Major League hitters.