“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 mass and strength, a heavier bat added even more mass to his energy potential. So when he got moving, he was able to transfer a lot of moving energy into the incoming 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…
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