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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Baseball Hitting Instruction - "Locking" The Front Arm

Good morning, I hope all is well with you and yours. Today, I am talking about one of the most common hitting flaws, "Locking or Barring" the front arm. I have a "left-handed" hitter on my high school team that sometimes has a tendency to bar the front arm. When he does this his swing gets too long and his bat speed drops.

Hitting Flaw: "Locking" The Front Arm

PROBLEM: The batter "locks" or straightens out the front arm when the hands and bat are taken back to the "power" or "trigger" position. This flaw causes the batter to be late starting the swing. It also cause the the bat speed to be too slow and increases the bat's distance to the ball. Locking the front arm also often causes premature wrist roll.

SOLUTION: Keep a bend in the front elbow. Keep the hands together and working together. Keep the hands close to the body and do not take them back so far that front arm flex is lost.

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Have a great day, Nick

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Have a great day, Nick