For those of you who follow my website or
watch my videos on YouTube, you may know that I don’t box myself into a linear hitting
aspect or a rotational hitting aspect. I think the swing happens in a very certain way, a
good swing and it’s a little bit of both, getting energy from both linear and rotational.
But if I have to stick myself into one philosophy, I would say I lean a lot more towards rotational
hitting. So in this video, I’m going to debunk the
two most heard arguments for linear hitting which are you’re going to be a lot shorter
to the ball or quicker to the ball and you’re going to create back spin which back spin
will create more distance on your hits. So first all, let’s start with you’re
going to be shorter to the ball. Yes, you’re correct if you’re taking a linear swing,
your bat path to the ball is going to be a lot shorter. For example, a linear swing,
we move this up here, a linear swing. You’re going to start here and you’re going to
take this bat straight from here, A to B, A to B. So yeah, you’re going to be a lot
faster. Here is where the problem comes in. If you’re
swinging that way A to B, you’re only in the zone, the hitting zone. For a fraction
of a second, you’re going to be out of the zone, in the zone, out of the zone. Your timing
has to be so perfect to make contact with this ball. That – it’s not worth it being
that short, OK? So then once you say that, once you debunk
that myth, they say, “Oh well, if you have a rotational swing, you’re too long.”
I disagree. I think you can be still short to the ball with a rotational swing. You can
still have get on plane with the ball early but still be quick to it. Meaning, you would
not want to cast your hands when you got a rotational swing. So if I’m here, getting
all in plane doesn’t mean letting your hands get away from your body. You can still stay
short to the ball and in. So when I’m starting here and I get on the
plane with that ball, I can still be short too here. I’m staying inside of the ball.
I’m not going out and around. Everything is not getting extended and out and around.
I don’t want to do that when I’m in rotational swing. That’s not a true swing play, getting
away with the ball. I want to stay in. I want to stay short and in. And I can do that with
a rotational swing. I can stay inside this ball and still put a good hit on it. OK? So now, let’s talk about the back spin issue.
So first of all, in a linear swing, if we’re swinging down here, if we screwed up a lot,
where does the ball going to go? Ground ball. So timing is already hard in a linear swing.
So how are you going to create a back spin consistently on a linear swing? It’s very
hard, very hard to do. If you do create a back swing, yeah, the ball
might go a little bit further but again, your timing has to be so perfect that it’s hard
to do. The best hitters in the game don’t do it this way because the timing has to be
perfect. And those guys have impeccable hand-eye coordination and timing in their swings and
they don’t swing that way. So, why not swing with a rotational swing?
Because guess what? You can still create back spin in a rotational swing. When you’re
all playing with that ball and if you’re just hitting just below the center of the
ball, you’re going to create back spin. OK? Now, with that being said, you’re not really
thinking about that. You’re not thinking about, “Let me hit just below the center
of the ball.” You’re trying to see the ball, square it up, hit it and if you get
on plane, where’s the plane going to take you? Even if you square that ball up perfectly
and you don’t create back spin and you’re all in plane with that ball coming in about
8 degrees coming in if it’s a fast ball coming, that’s a line drive swing on plane.
Boom! Through. That ball is going a line drive that way. So even if you square it up and
then knock the ball out there, that’s still a higher rate for success than a linear swing. So I just want to debunk the two biggest arguments
here for linear hitting. I’m sure I might miss a little bit of it. Leave some comments
below. I want to hear what you got to say. Let’s talk about it. All right guys. If you found this video helpful, please subscribe, and then join the free newsletter at YouGoProBaseball.com