Holding the flex, or bend, in the back knee is a simple way to prevent the head from moving up and down during the stride. When a hitter maintains the flex/bend in their back knee then their head will stay on the same plane while they stride forward.
Their head will stay on the same plane which make it easier for the hitter to see the pitch, recognize the pitch, and make the best possible decision on if they should swing or not.
Here’s an example of Matt Holliday holding the flex in his back knee during the stride.
Landing soft and on the inside part of the front foot will prevent the lunge and keep the head centered in the body.
Landing soft on the inside part of the front foot also puts the hitter in a leveraged athletic position where they can swing with more power.
Here’s an example of Joe Mauer on the Twins landing on the inside part of his front foot.
The launch position is one of the most if not the most position a hitter can put their body into. I divide the swing into two categories – The pre-swing and the swing. The pre-swing is everything that happens up to the launch position. The swing starts when the front heel of the hitter drops and engages into the ground.
The launch position is the position the hitter is in when they decide to swing the bat.
Here are some basics of things to look for in correct launch position.
If you want to understand how the baseball swing works at a deeper level then you need to check out my ABC’s of The 5 Tool Hitter Program. I cover all the fundamentals of the swing – starting with the grip of the bat and ending with the finish.
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Connor Powers is a former Professional Baseball Player (Padres Organization 2010-2013) who has a passion for teaching others how reach their goals in the game of baseball. Since 2012 Coach Powers he has had his YouTube videos viewed over 3.3 Million times and has over 24,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His specialties are maximizing bat speed, improving batting average, and taking hitters from average to elite.
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