Re: "Slight Uppercuts" vs "Level Swings" and "Chopping Wood"
I had problems with my swing. I think it was because I was trying too hard to create that level swing plane. I worked a lot this winter and spring on "fixing" my swing. I found that the position of my hands, both before my swing, and the follow through was much more important than trying to force a level swing. In order to get a level plane with the bat I would compensate by dropping my elbow into my hip. Thinking about my swing wrecked my swing if that makes any sense. Also, I was holding my hands too high pre-swing. By moving my hands down about 6 inches my hands were already in a hitting position. This eliminated a lot of movement. Allowing me to concentrate on the ball for a split second longer. I am a shorter guy so I need to have a little uppercut in my swing to elevate the ball. I would say that head position, hand position, and foot position are the most important things in your swing. There is no one way to swing a baseball bat effectively, but there is a wrong way. Forcing yourself into something uncomfortable, and unnatural will only make things worse. Bruce has an obvious hitch in his swing. Seems to be working now. But it makes me wonder what Brook Jacoby is doing.