|Mechanics vs Natural Movement. Which one do you have? 99% of amateur players don't use their Natural Movements.|
Mechanics vs Natural Movement
What are mechanics?
Mechanics involve movements of pieces and parts of the body. Most of the time, mechanics come from an observation of someone's movements. This is often done by watching slow motion video at several angles. Then a set of movements is developed based on what was observed. Each of the movements within the set is practiced as a stand alone mechanic, then the mechanics are put together with the hope of getting the right sequence and timing to perform an athletic movement. This can be done with all forms of athletic movements: hitting, pitching, running, football, tennis, etc.
Mechanics are about taking a part of the body (feet, knees, legs, hips, shoulders, arms, elbows, hands, etc.) and making each part move to a particular spot or position. In order to perform a mechanic you must think about the individual part of the body consciously. You think about the muscles and then you consciously control the work of that part of the body. Now you have to practice over and over to try to get that movement memorized and make it feel and look more natural.
The frustration in learning mechanics as that your body is fighting against itself. You are forcing your body to move in a way that you or someone else said it should. You are trying to control your movement which overrides your Natural Movement.
What is Natural movement?
Natural Movement involves the entire body working as a whole, and it comes from an innate desire for the body to move. We don't have to learn to control the different parts of our body by consciously thinking about each part or muscle. Natural Movement is initiated simply by a thought.
Natural Movement uses the main part of the body, which is know as the Torso, Center, or Core, along with the legs and arms to move the entire body. When applied to athletics, Natural Movement results in a much more powerful movement than that produced by mechanics alone, but with seemingly less effort.
"Knowledge is Power and Power is only in Natural Hitting"