|A Natural swing begins with Natural Movement. For the First time you will see Pure Natural Movement of the Elite.|
Part One: What really happens in the
|Remember Force = Mass x Acceleration. Mass is the Torso. Torso moves first in Natural movement, not the legs moving the torso. Torso moves the Torso. Watch. Watch for yourself!! The Torso moves back. Everybody that is any good in the majors gets their torso/weight back against the back leg, not on top of the back leg.|
In Albert Pujols first phase of rotational hitting begins with Phase One: Torso/weight shift. It is very difficult if not almost impossible to see. Pujols's phase one happens internally in the torso, as the torso is drawing the weight off the front leg and into the torso. He can do this without a lot of movement, because of his torso strength. But by paying close attention to the vertical red line you can see the torso does move back slightly. Frames 1-10
Studying this video you can see that he is gives an appearance of bending over a little. His shoulders tend to move toward the plate and down, but at the same time his crotch is moving upward away from the horizontal red line. This is seen well in the next phase. Even though you don't see a lot of movement externally, he is working extremely hard to get the weight off the front foot and into the torso. The next clip of Pujols you will see a result of this work.
Phase Two: Lift
Once the Torso/weight is back, now comes lifting the front leg. Watch as the top of the torso slightly bends over toward the plate as it raising the leg off the ground. Watch what the hands do, in relation to the back shoulder. Hands are coming on down to shoulder height. Back elbow has also dropped down slightly.
Even with Arod, his torso has drawn the weight out of the front leg and allows him to raise it up in a small leg kick. The torso does not have the ability to do a leg kick, but it does have the ability to draw/lift the weight of the leg out and into the Torso. Once the torso has the weight of the leg, then you can lift it up in a leg kick very easily and very controlled. You should also see his front shoulder and hips turn in some. All because that is how the torso works. It's a result of the work of the Torso not a mechanic to try to do for the start of the next phase.
Here is a diagram of a pulley system to help you understand how the torso can draw weight up out of the front leg. Though it does not show how the torso works it will give you a visual picture. The pulley is your torso; the square block is weight of the front leg. As weight is drawn up out of the front leg into the torso, the feeling of that weight goes down to the back foot. The mass does not actually leave the front leg, yet there is a feeling of lifting weight off that front leg and coming into the Torso. Once the weight has been lifted, then they are able to bend the knee and lift the foot off the ground with great ease. Then the actual feeling of that weight is felt on the back foot. Even though they feel the weight lifting and going to rear foot, they are not concerned with the feeling of the weight on the feet. Rather they are concerned about the work of the torso and movement of the torso.
See, I have heard Major League players say over and over. They are looking to get a feeling. They are all the time searching for a certain feeling, but really don't understand how to obtain that feeling day in and day out. So that feeling leaves them and sends them looking for it without knowing where to find it. They get frustrated just like you do, and then finally give up. When they give up, they find it again, because it is something that is natural and not mechanical.
As Pujols draws the weight out of the front leg notice the horizontal red line and the distance of space that his crotch of his pants moves up. Only an inch or two. This shows that he rises out of his crouched position a little in order for the torso to draw weight up. Not from the rear leg push upward. By frame 13 the weight has left the foot, yet the foot is still touching the ground. Also watch his hands and see that they don't move back, but rather down just a hair.
The green line represents the weight drawn into the torso area of the body and thus being felt on the back foot. Note, the weight is felt on the back foot, but the true weight is stored in the Torso area, preparing for phase three. Frame 17 shows the front toe is off the ground. Where most people don't even recognize that he even takes a stride, you will see an actual stride.
Lift occurs in a natural way, because of the underlying goal of the movement these players want to do. That goal is for their entire Torso/weight to go forward by acceleration. You can't move all the weight forward unless all the weight gets back. Even if a player pushes with their front leg to move back or shift weight back it is not actually moving weight, rather it is just a push back and gravity is still in control. When the torso is not in control of all the weight, then gravity plays a big part in the movement. Which leads to little to no force created by gravity.
If these first two phases, Torso/weight shift and Lift, are not created by working the torso then the rest of the swing will not matter. Because the torso will not be in total control, the legs and arms will have to take over and create the movement of the swing. If you start correctly with the torso working and moving then there is a greater possibility to finish the swing with the torso.
Phase Three: Accelerate Forward
Where most think stride, it's not. Watch the Torso move forward. See the torso moves away from the yellow lines. Now watch the front leg. Does the front leg leave the plane of the front side of the torso, (reach out past the plane of the torso)? No! In frame 29 the foot appears outside the green, but the knee is inside. As the torso moves and accelerates forward it also pushes or carries the foot and leg out to foot strike. By frame 41 the torso is in line with the leg and foot. The same distance the torso moves forward is the same distance the front foot moves. No actual stride of the front foot, only forward acceleration of the torso moves the front foot. Now that's a big difference than what it taught today. Most gurus' teach reach out with the foot ahead of the body and keep the body back (stay back and stride).
The Secret lies with How to Accelerate
Now watch the back leg and knee (below). Is he pushing with the back leg? If so, then you would see the back leg straightening out. Also you don't see any rotation going on the back leg. From frame 29–41 the weight is in the process of being transferred to the front foot. But the weight is still not applied to the front foot yet. The Torso goes forward, thus creates the stride.
Now watch the hands. You will see that they don't move back like you hear so many say to do. Hands are actually staying in the box as long as they physically can. They start to move out of the box, but forward, because the front arm is stretched out as far as it can across the chest due to muscular conditioning of the front shoulder. No cocking the hands. Hands stay and torso goes forward.
Since the largest mass is the Torso and it is going forward, then the weight is also going forward. The Torso starts the movement of forward and the back leg is being told how to work. The work of the back leg is controlled by the Torso, and yes the leg is working, but not as you would think. It works on a subconscious level which can never be reproduced in the conscious mind. This is all Natural movement that the body can and will do base on the proper thinking. Thinking about moving Torso, not about working and moving legs and arms, will produce Natural Movement thus giving you Athleticism.
Now that's a first for you to hear about, Proper Thinking. Thinking is what causes all human movements. Whether it to be conscious or subconscious thoughts. If one thinks, work the legs to perform movement, then that is what he/she will work. If one thinks, work the arms to perform the swing, then that is what he/she is going to work. But the Proper Thinking about moving the Torso will lead to Natural Movements. Because the Torso is the Core for movement. It is where all movement begins. The Torso starts the movement and the legs and arms are told how to, dictated to, and coordinated to work with the Torso. All based on a desire of any movement that you wish to make. As humans we do this all the time, but when it comes to baseball hitting we throw it out and replace it with a man made idea of how to do it with legs and arms.
Now for Arod in Phase Three: Accelerate Forward.
Now Albert Pujols does the same things as the other two guys, it's just harder to pick up the movement. Follow the list and study for yourself.
Well let’s watch these three players with all three Phases put together.
Now here are some other Hall of Fame players that you can see for yourself.
Phase One & Two: Torso/Weight Shift & Lift Phase Three: Accelerate Forward
Even though Willie Mays looks like his front foot leaves the plane of the front side of the torso and green line, he does something a little different. He continues to move forward with the torso after foot strike even more than the rest of these athletes. You will see this as we complete the next section.
You should also see his hands are not moving back, the torso is moving ahead of the hands. The only thing the hands are doing is moving up toward the shoulder where they should be. Also his back leg is not rotating.
Phase One: The Babe starts with his Torso/weight already back. From frame 8–17, he about drawing the weight out of the front leg in preparation to Lift. You can also see the torso leaving the yellow line if frames 8-17 and yet the front foot is still on the ground. Frame 18 on the right and following to frame 23, notice the torso moving away from the yellow line even more. Frames 18-23 you will notice the front leg has to catch up to the torso plane, yet it has not broken the plane of the front side of the torso. See the distance traveled between the yellow and green lines. Also notice the hands start down but are raised up to shoulder height. Also watch what happens to the back foot. His ball of foot comes off the ground and his heel is still touching.
Well so much for rotational hitting mechanics being taught today. Here is one of the most predominate home run hitters of all time. Remember he played back when the fences were so much farther away and swung a much heavier bat plus hitting a spongy ball. Yet he created tremendous bat speed and force.
Oh yea here is Ted Williams from the front so you can see the hands moving up. Remember torso goes forward hands stay in place, other than being raised or lowered to the rear shoulder level. Sorry it's not easily seen.
Now since you have studied these clips and agree or disagree with the terminology or the exact start of the movements that where discussed, I would like you to step forward into a new understanding.
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