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Help snapping hips

Monday, June 21, 2010 by Pam

I am coaching 8 yr old boys and I'm finding many are hitting by rolling their back foot toward the inside ankle instead of using their forefoot to help snap their hips. When they do it right, they feel the difference right away but revert back to the bad habit pretty fast. Is there a way to get them used to doing it the right way?


June 21, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Tony Abbatine says:

Yes, use the hip and stomach muscles as the teaching cue to initiate the movement. The classic squish the bug reminder will cause over rotation of the back foot. Tell your hitters to turn their belly button into the pitched ball and think hip snap with a nice high heel (back foot) finish.
July 27, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Anonymous says:

Muscle memory doesn't come right away. With most people it will take around 200-300 cuts to get your kids doing the correct motion consistently. Break down the motion, then put it all back together.
October 11, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Ken says:

Try this exercise, 25 a day....If righty, side of left foot against wall, feet shoulder with apart, and hands crossed and on opposite shoulder. Then rotate hips so shoulders are square to wall. Work on increasing speed of hip rotation so it becomes an explosive snap. Best to start at young age by keeping feet firmly planted with front leg locked at knee. Then introduce pivot on back foot, with toes pointed to wall. This will teach proper foot position as well as teaching the kids not to dip that back shoulder.

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