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Rotational Hitting the Natural Way.

 

 

So far you have seen the gurus' way of teaching.  You also have seen the truth about the first part of the swing with 3 new phases.  These phases are totally new, because they teach moving the torso with the torso and not with the legs and arms.  Don't get confused.  You may heard of some of these phases, but you heard them taught under the guise of moving weight or the body with the legs and arms.

 

New Phases that you have learned are:

Phase One:     Torso/Weight shift back

Phase Two:     Lift

Phase Three:   Accelerate Forward

 

Now you are going to learn about Phase Four.  Then you will see that the Phase Five is a free phase that will happen automatically.

 

Remember most of the teachings from the gurus' of the second part of the swing is about, working the lower body to create a rotation or weight shift, and working the arms for the actual swing itself.

There is a section of the body they leave out.  They don't mean too.  It is just because they truly don't understand how the human body produces movement.

 

 

 

Phase Four: Torso Rotation

 

Torso Rotation is what you will see and what we will talk about. In this phase of where we can visually see the turning of the torso, we will need a true understanding of what work it takes in the body and when that work starts.

 

Phase Four is really incorporated with Phase Three: Accelerate forward.  The work that it takes to create forward acceleration of the torso, is also the same work that it takes to create the rotation of the torso.

 

In simple terms let me explain the overall idea behind how the body works to produce movements.

Hitting movements:  All movements have a starting and ending point.  The torso does the work by initiating the movements.  In hitting this is no different.  First there is a starting point that our body is in, the stance. Now we want to move the torso back and lift, the ending point. Once we get to the end of Lift, we have completed the first part of the movement of hitting. Now you are at the new starting point (end of lift).  From there you want to go to a new ending point, which is the torso turned towards the pitcher on the front leg. So there are two starting points and two ending points for hitting. That's easy.

Everyday movements:  Where do you want your body/torso to go to.  Starting points and ending points is what we do all day long.  Whether it is to stand up, sit down, walk from here to there, run from here to there, we do these things everyday.  We start from somewhere and then create movement to get to somewhere, which is the ending place that we intended to go to.  Moving this way takes really no thoughts, other than I want to go there (ending point). That's what Natural Movement is all about.

So with that being said, Phase Three: Accelerate Forward is directly tied into Phase Four: Torso Rotation.  Because there is no pause or stopping when the front foot touches down.  It is a continuous move from the end of Lift (now starting point) all the way through to the torso totally turned toward the pitcher (ending point).

But in order to teach and explain the movements of what we see, from the second starting point (after Lift), I will continue to slow down the movements and explain what happens. I will start with the beginning of Phase Three: Accelerate Forward.

 

 

In frame 29 is at the point where Vladimir has already completed Phase one: Torso/Weight shift back and Phase Two: Lift. 

Now at frame 29 starts Phase Three: Accelerate Forward. He starts Phase Three as described earlier. But there is also something else he is doing. That something else is the “Secret of Acceleration and Rotation”, which I can not give out for free.  But wait, don't get upset. I will tell you this.  The secret has to do with a type of work they are doing that will produce both acceleration forward and rotation that is so much faster than what others teach.   “The secret lies with the, Torso”

 

 

  • Frame 29, is all about starting the swing.
  • Frame 29–41 is all about moving the Torso to the ending point which is not frame 41. Frame 52 at the end of torso turned toward the pitcher.
  • Frame 29–41 is all about making an aggressive forward move towards the pitcher and working to create a rotation, even though the external movement does not show the rotation yet.
  • Frame 29–41 is all about doing the work that it takes to swing the bat with the Torso creating centrifugal force.
  • Frame 29–41, is about the Torso moving forward to get to where the torso can do the movement that it is trying to do right now (in frame 29) which is a rotation.  But not a rotation that has ever been described before.
  • Watch the front leg and see if the plane of the leg breaks the plane of the front side of the torso.  As you can see the plane is not broken, thus the leg does not reach out ahead of the torso, thus the leg does not do any reaching.
  • Watch the yellow box and the hands in the box. You will see that the hands stay in the same position as the torso moves forward.  It gives the appearance of the hands moving back, “cock hands”, but in properly watching the movements, the hands stay and the torso moves ahead.

 

 

Phase Three: Accelerate Forward.  This is where most people fail at realizing what all is going on during this phase.  Most believe that this is just about a stride or going to foot strike.  Most believe that the swing has not started yet. They believe it is just a preliminary setup position to get to in order to begin the swing.

This couldn't be further from the truth.  This is the most important phase, because all the work that it takes to create a powerful quick rotation has to start working during this phase.  Why, you might ask?  Well if you don't start working here to cause the rotation, then where?  After foot strike?  So in other words stride and pause. That's like putting the brakes on after you start, and then having to restart the movement and work again.  That's crazy.  What about don't start and pause, but start and pour the gas to it as you are working to create power.

The bottom line to Phase Three: Accelerate Forward, is that from the beginning of the phase all the way through Phase Four: Torso Rotation the same work is happening.  This same work that it takes to 'Accelerate Forward' is the same work it takes to create the rotation of the Torso.

 

Phase Four: Torso Rotation            

 

Below are 2 clips that are split for you, only to show that the torso moves forward, and it is the torso that is transferring weight to the front side or foot. Then below we will see a clip where these two are put together for you.

The first 2 clips on the right is only the first part of  Phase Four: Torso Rotation.

 

 

  1. Top video is the first part of phase four. Yes it is the same as described earlier in phase three.
  2. Frame 29 is the starting point of Phase Four Torso Rotation.
  3. Torso starts working to create movement of forward as well as rotation in frame 29.
  4. Frame 41 is not a stopping place or pause.
  5. Torso is creating all the movement of the legs.  

 

 

 

 

  1. In frames 41-45 see the torso still moves away from the red line.
  2. Also pay attention to the back leg.  The back leg is not pushing or turning. If so then it would be straightening out and/or flexing at the ankle joint.
  3. Rather the movement of the back leg is from the movement of the torso going forward.
  4. It's the torso that starts turning in frames 42–45. Not the back leg or back foot that is turning inward as most believe. If the back leg, knee, and foot create the rotation then the torso would follow the movement of the leg (leg movement first then the torso movement). This idea is not true. 
  5. What is true is the Torso shows up turning first and since the leg is connected to the torso the leg follows the torso.  Resulting in a look of the back leg turning at the same time as the Torso.
  6. Also notice the back foot and see for yourself that it has not and is not grinding in the dirt. By frame 45 the weight has left the foot. So it would be impossible to grind and produce rotation with the foot or even the back leg.
  7. By the time he has completed all 45 frames the weight that was on the back foot has now left the foot and is now felt on the front foot. The Torso has started to show an external turn on the front foot, but has not completed the turn or rotation.
  8. Frame 45,  Even though the back foot is still on the ground, the weight has been transferred to the front.  But really the weight is in the torso, so it is the torso that has actually transferred forward far enough to take the weight that is felt on the back foot and placed the feeling of weight on the front foot.

 

Also we can visually see the Torso starts turning during frames 41–45.  This turn of the torso is not where the work of turning or rotation begins, rather it is where the visual turn of the body happens.  The actual work of the torso to cause the rotation happens to start back in frame 29 and continues to work throughout the swing.  No pause or stop in the work.

 

Now see both clips put together, plus the entire Phase Four: Torso Rotation, to get the visual effects of the movement of the torso. 

 

Don't watch the legs or arms, only concentrate on the Torso.

 

                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

So your not convinced yet, here are some other clips.

 

 

 

 

Albert Pujols  The beginning of Phase Four starts now. Frame 18-29 Torso working to accelerate forward to go to the ending point.  Working to go toward the pitcher and turned facing the pitcher(ending point), but has not reached it yet.

In frames 28 & 29 the front foot is going down by the torso continuing to move forward.  The Torso continues to move forward as the front foot touches in order to move weight to the front foot and move the torso to a position in which it is capable of rotating. 

 

 

 

 

 

The middle of Phase Four.  This clip of Pujols is the very first stage were rotation, or turn starts to show up. Rotation begins as the weight is being transferred to the front foot. As the torso/weight is transferred completely, then the speed of rotation will increase. 

Notice that the torso turns just as much as the back leg or foot. The back foot is also not grinding in the dirt. So it is the work of the Torso that is creating the movement.  This also shows the kinetic link of the Torso and the back leg.

 

 

If is was the work of the back leg creating the rotation, then we would see a grind on the ball of the rear foot.  That type of grinding can only be done if the weight is kept on the foot and not allowed to transfer forward.  The mistaken identity of the work being done with the rear leg to produce the rotation, has caused more harm than good.  We see so many players that try to create a rotation with the back leg, that it causes more problems than is necessary.  From casting the hands, to dropping the rear shoulder, and being too late on most good fastballs.

There is another mechanic the gurus' bring up called the Torque position, or getting a torque in the body for the  swing.  In frames 29-32 (above) you can see a separation of the hips and shoulders.  That is what they are calling torquing the body.  But their assumptions are incorrect.  The separation of the hips, or lower body, from the shoulders that is visually seen is from a direct result of something else.  Because the Torso is doing the work and the arms are not involved in working to produce power, and the arms/hands are only holding the bat. This will cause this lag of the shoulders. The lag that you see is only because of the physical mass or weight of the bat itself.  The torso is involved in going to the ending point, and the arms and bat are not. They are waiting to be pulled on by the Torso.  Since the bat has weight and is setup already behind the torso and shoulders, then the torso can and will pull the hands and bat as the torso turns.  If the bat had more weight or mass then we would see even more of a separation, because of the mass of the bat.

 

 

Don't watch the arms or bat!! 

Watch the Torso!!

The entire Phase Four.  This clip from frame 18–38 is the entire movement of Phase Three and Four;  Torso moves forward by acceleration and by rotation at the same time.  No pause, no stopping at foot strike.

Rotation happens on the front foot by the work of the torso, not the work of the back leg/foot.  There is no signs of the back foot grinding, squishing, or pushing off the ground. Also the back foot comes completely off the ground before contact (frame34). This shows that the ML hitters don't stay back, rather they go forward.  Another thing to see is in frame 31 is the weight that was on the back foot has left, yet the knee and foot has not totally rotated fully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Rodriguez the beginning of Phase Four:  Torso is working to go toward the pitcher and turned facing the pitcher(ending point). Not there yet.

In frames 12 & 13 the front foot is going down by the torso continuing to move forward.  The Torso continues to move forward as the front foot touches in order to move weight to the front foot and move the torso to a position in which it is capable of rotating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The middle of Phase Four:  This clip of Arod is the very first stage were rotation, or turn starts to show up externally. Rotation begins as the weight is being transferred to the front foot. As the torso/weight is transferred completely, then the speed of rotation will increase. 

 

Notice that the torso turns just as much as the back leg or foot.  This also shows the kinetic link of the Torso and the back leg.

 

As more weight gets on the front foot the more the rotation can take place, because rotation does not happen on the back foot.  Rotation always happens on the front foot.

 

 

 

 

The entire Phase Four.  From frame 12-15, the foot touches and the feeling of weight is being applied to the foot, yet watch the Torso.  The torso continues to move forward in frames 13-15 and there is a slight turn of the torso.  Notice the back leg and ankle, as they have not turned.

Frame 16-20,  In order for the torso to actually rotate it must get the weight, which is mostly in the torso, on the front foot. 

Arod is a great example of rotational hitting.  His rotation is being done on the front leg, but the work that creates the rotation happened way before we ever see the actual turn of the torso.  As you continue to watch this great rotation, notice the turn of the torso and the back leg.  See they appear to move at the same time.  Meaning they both are turning at the same rate.  But appearances are deceiving because upon further scrutiny of the back leg will show that there is not any pushing or turning of the leg itself.

 

 

Important:  You need to really understand all that happens in Phase Four, because this is the phase that creates the power and timing of the swing.  It is where all movement and force is created to be placed in the bat.  I hope that you have seen that the movement of the Torso has also created the movement of the extremities (legs and arms).  As you continue into Phase Five the movement of the arms, hands, and bat you will see that the Torso is in total control.  You will also see how Force=Mass x Acceleration will give us a swing that has the most force, and bat speed one can produce with the human body.

 

 

Now the 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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I am taking any comments or criticism, because I want you to see what really happens and I want this to be the best it can be for teaching purposes.

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