Hey, I'm a sophomore playing high school baseball and I'm having a problem of loading 2 times. I load when the pitcher's arm comes up, and then i reload and it makes me late on the ball. Do you know any drills i can do to fix it. It's almost like when I load I keep moving my shoulders back and then when I decide to swing it's too late. I just cant seem to fix it. Thanks.
Swing Smarter Response:
I'm not too clear on what's happening Chad, it would be better if you sent video via YouTube.
But I'll take a shot at it!
When you say loading twice, I'm wondering if you're talking about with your hands (arms)??
If this is the case, I think maybe you're missing the load with your hips, like the cocking of a gun hammer...it's an inward turn of the hips, in which you'll point your front back pocket at the pitcher as he shows you his front back pocket to you.
This hip action happens independent of the shoulders, AND we shouldn't see much of an inward turn with the front shoulder.
This start-stop-start action of the load/reload is NOT allowing you to build momentum in your swing, which is key to bat speed.
The thing to do is get the hands active by executing a hand pivot to get the barrel accelerating before impact.
Here's a video of me doing a hand pivot drill for one of my hitters:
You can YouTube and see this in Josh Hamilton, Barry Bonds, and Manny Ramirez. You'll see the barrel tilt forward toward the pitcher.
Think of loading as building steam...the load is a slow continuous movement to the actual swing itself. 80% of the swing is done before the front heel plants.
Without seeing your swing on video I can only speculate, but it sounds like you're double loading with your hands because you're hips and core aren't producing enough torque.
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