Re: "Slight Uppercuts" vs "Level Swings" and "Chopping Wood"
Originally Posted by Red Rover
The natural plane of the baseball to the plate is slightly downward. The best contact to the ball would be a slight uppercut. A level swing works in little league, where bases are short and speed matters, because with a level swing, you're hitting slightly on top of the ball and getting a lot of ground balls.
As these little leaguers get older the bases get further apart and harder to beat out the ground balls.
Our youth baseball league teaches rotational hitting, so that the kids will be ready for the next level. In rotation hitting(Ted Williams), the bat stays on the same plane as the ball is traveling and leaves the bat on the same plane, which is usually a line drive or deep fly ball over the infield.
The swing; Most important is a front leg that stays locked throught the swing and driver the hands to the ball. Use the same rotational swing, rotate around with the hips, on all pitches(inside, outside or donw the middle). The timing of the swing and contact point is determined by the pitch location. Inside pitch, start swing ealier and make contact infront of the plate to pull the ball. Outside pitch, wait on the ball and make contact later to drive the ball to the opposite field.
Ive watched a ton of videos on rotational hitting (which as you noted is basically what ted williams teaches) and found some pretty cool drills. Really wish Id have had someone like you teaching me when I was younger.
Joey Votto does not care about RBI.
NEITHER SHOULD ANY OF US