“As to the methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Babe Ruth swung a 42-52 ounce bat throughout his career. Along with The Babe’s own body m and strength, a heavier bat added even more m to his energy potential. So when he got moving, he was able to transfer a lot of moving energy into the inco pitch.
Transferring energy from a body at rest (potential energy) to forward movement (kinetic energy) is called the Conservation of Linear Momentum. It’s a clever trick MLB small-boppers like 5-Time All-Star Robinson Cano and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen use to initiate a friction-free swing. This makes a hitter:
Pick up a twenty-five pound dumbbell, stand tall, and with a straight arm raise the dumbbell out in front of you.
Now, with the dumbbell hanging straight down to your side, take a big step forward with the opposite leg you’re holding the dumbbell in, and when your stepping heel hits the ground, swing the dumbbell up to shoulder height.
What muscles are working now? And did the weight feel lighter to your body when you lifted it the second time?
You’ll learn how to Un-Weight the bat STEP-BY-STEP in The Truth About Explosive Rotational Power Course. Now for Science Trick #2…
“…bat speed [.com] doesn’t expand too much on the loading and forward momo [momentum]…Home boy Hit a Dead Center field shot 220ft in District tourney tonight with his omen. The last shot he hit was with an Easton Red Stealth XL which is a way hotter stick. So he’s stroking dude.” – Blake Blackwell, The Truth course owner
A PBS.org article compares the Conservation of Angular Momentum (CAM) to Circus Tze Artists. In the article it says:
“Ever notice how flying acrobats, gymnasts, ice-skaters and half-pipe snowboarders, tuck in their arms and scrunch up their bodies while spinning in the air? By keeping their arms and legs tucked close to their centers of m, they are able to rotate faster. This is because, just like linear momentum, the momentum of rotation, called angular momentum, is also conserved. Angular momentum depends on the speed of rotation and the distribution of weight from the center of m.”
Take Adelina Sotnikova as an example, the controversial gold medal winner in the 2014 Winter Olympics. After leaving contact with the ice – in order to complete four tight turns in mid-air – she has to pull her arms and legs tightly into her center line. And when she returns from her jump, you’ll see her spread her arms and legs out to slow down or stop her rotation.
When she wants to slow her spin down, she extends her arms and legs. Doing this increases the size of her moving m, and decreases her angular velocity.
Forward movement energy (Science Trick #1) will get transferred into what science calls Conserving Angular Momentum.
This is where Ken Griffey Jr., or even today’s Bryce Harper, arm barring out before their turns set a bad example for those wanting a faster turn. Arm barring is ONLY okay in the contact zone for pitch adjustments. I know, this will upset a lot of people. But these are proven human movement rules here. The science of turning faster isn’t a theory. It’s a proven reality.
Just like we’ve accepted jumping out of an airplane with a parachute on your back, you know gravity is going to pull you down…100% of the time, as long as you’re on earth.
Here are athletes who transfer forward movement into turning faster (Conserving Linear into Angular Momentum):
And yes, I’ll walk you through the science of turning faster STEP-BY-STEP inThe Truth Course. Here’s Science Trick #3…
“I have a 14 year old daughter playing Fastpitch softball that is starting to reap the benefits of your swing. She is 5’7" and 126 lbs. but hit 5 homers this summer!” – Adam Varner, The Truth course owner
In an article led, "The Coupled Motion of the Spine," PhD. Serge Gracovetsky (Physicist, Electrical Engineer, and best known for his work on Spine Engine mechanics) talks about how human movement has historically been described as the “penger” upper body, the lower half being responsible for "locomotion", and the spine typically being explained away as irrelevant to human movement.
Scientists studied the gait (walking motion) of a human quadriplegic (no legs at all, he actually moved from bottom of his pelvis – see Fig.5 picture above). Here’s what they found:
You see, the body’s locomotion depends primarily on the spine. Dr. Gracovetsky says there are three spinal movements:
Dr. Gracovetsky says that if two of the above are present, then most always the third is the end result.
As a hitter, we need to understand number two initiates number three, and during the swing we get number one. The spine is the driver of ALL possible human movements.
People don’t realize there’s human machinery hidden deep within the body that is quietly driving the small-boppers’ fiction-free swing.
Next, we’re going to discuss how important it is to keep head-spine alignment. If not, then misalignment can have the major potential to decrease a hitter’s force production…
“Hi Joey. Just an update: Zach went 2 for 5 today w/an ribi. Only k’d once. Hits were a solid one between the 2nd/1st ba and a gapper line drive into RF/CF. One of his outs was a liner @the CF’r. Your philosophy took hold today. Thanks & see you in a couple weeks!” – Steve May, Fresno, CA, text message from one… Read more…