Where to Snap, Where are the Hands, & Forward Momentum OH MY!
by Robert Canary
Jose Bautista 2012 Home Run Derby (courtesy of bluebirdbanter.com)
When *should* a hitter snap the bat, and where should the hands be.
I see it like this:
Hands should stay back in the area of the back side while snapping the bat forward, only then should hands start to push out adding speed to the bat.
Swing Smarter Response:
Hey Robert, it's funny how at certain times of the year, in teaching hitting, we get titillated on a select few things...for me right now, I'm obsessed with Forward Momentum!
Back to your question...
The barrel "should" be accelerating just before the barrel drops into the Impact Zone. Once it hits Impact, the barrel should already be accelerated allowing the hands and arms to make any last minute adjustments to pitch location and speed.
We're describing it a different way, but are both arriving at the same spot.
In elite hitters, I don't see the wrist snap at Impact, but actually much before (between Slot and Impact actually).
And now the smoking gun...
Which brings me back to Forward Momentum (this article from Baseball Hitting Rebellion com
will change your life Robert!!).
This one concept rocked my perspective on hitting, and has really turned the dial up on my students' ball exit speeds, not to mention the sound of the ball off the bat of my High Schoolers resembles an M-80 fire cracker.
What Chas Pippitt and I are finding is the Forward Momentum move is making the swing more efficient using less moving parts (the arms and hands), thereby increasing pitch speed/location adjustment time.
Besides increasing ball exit speed by at least 10 mph, the other thing Forward Momentum is accomplishing is getting the barrel to EXPLODE through Impact.
I once thought the core and hips delegated the "through" part of Impact to the top hand (the push I've always talked about using the top hand), but in looking at these powerful case study videos, I KNOW it's the act of Forward Momentum.
What are your thoughts Robert?