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 Post subject: Get your elbow up!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:50 pm 
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Quite possibly the WORST piece of hitting advice ever, yet every Little League coach tells his players to do it. I think what they mean to say is, "Get your arms up and away from your body," but that's much too verbose. Most schools of hitting thought, such as Charlie Lau, preach being balanced and comfortable, but this approach is ridiculous.

I'm trying to be a good Little League dad and support the coach, but it's difficult. My son is barely 10 playing against 11 and 12 year olds, and has enough of an adjustment to make to this level of pitching without someone screaming at him every time he steps into the batter's box. Honestly, there's nothing wrong with the stance. The elbow is about the same height as McLouth's. He tells me, "Dad- when I put my elbow up that high, I can't swing level."

Oh well- just venting. The good news is 4 hits in his last 8 at bats. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Get your elbow up!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:08 pm 
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It's more important where the hands are, not the arms. @#$%^& Tell your son to do what works.


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 Post subject: Re: Get your elbow up!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:27 pm 
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I agree with AZ....I constantly preached "hands above the ball", with the thought behind the phrase being 1) Come down through the ball and hit the top half, which results in line drives and takes the loop out of your swing 2) If you have to elevate your hands to hit a pitch, it's either out of the strike zone or a pitch you won't catch up to.

The other thing you can't stress enough is repeating what works. The old saying that practice makes perfect is not true..... practice makes PERMANENT! Therefore, only PERFECT practice makes perfect.


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 Post subject: Re: Get your elbow up!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:41 pm 
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Thanks, guys. I guess instinctively I have been telling him pretty much the same thing by emphasizing at home that the hands should be up and back. I never fuss about his elbows.


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