2 types of ENERGY in baseball and how to LEVERAGE each


Hey, what’s going on guys? I’ve got a little
topic I want to talk about today and it’s about energy. Because in baseball everything
we do we start by creating energy. It always starts from our feet and moves up our body
through a kinetic chain and then it has to go out of our body somehow. And the longer
I’ve coached, the more I’ve noticed that there are two types of energy that we can get whether
we’re pitching or we’re hitting and in this video I want to talk about those two types
of energy and how you can leverage each one of them on the mound and in the batter’s box.
So, we’re going to start first with on the mound. First of all, the two types of energy
are going to be linear energy or what I call linear energy and rotational energy. So, on
the mound the first type of energy you’re going to get, like I said, it starts from
your foot, it starts from your legs, and moves up your body, but the first type of energy
we’re going to create in this is going to be linear energy. We’re going to start on
the mound and we’re going to start moving towards home plate. Now, with that being said,
to do this we really have to give ourselves the best chance to generate and transfer as
much energy as possible. And we also have to be able to leverage it when we want to
get it out of our body. So, I’m going to skip all the in between stuff and just go to how
we’re going to leverage it as we get it out of our body. So, obviously on the linear energy
we’re going to be coming down that mound, driving down and if we just kept going, if
we collapsed our front leg and just kept going through here we’re going to lose a lot of
that energy. We have to have something in our pitching mechanics to stop, to pitch against,
to leverage that energy and get it out of our hand. So for our linear energy it’s going
to be our front leg. The best pitchers in the game, some of the guys who throw the hardest
have a straight front leg at release point. So they’re coming down, they’re bent at first
but as that arm comes through BOOM that leg straightens out and they’re pitching against
that leg. So that energy, all that energy you’ve created, starts going forward and then
it goes “NOPE, can’t go out this way!” so it finds somewhere else to go out. Conveniently
your hand is coming through the zone at that point and all that energy goes through the
little white baseball. So that’s how you leverage the linear energy on the pitching mound. Rotational
energy on the pitching mound. Some people call it staying closed. Some people call it
hip to shoulder separation. Some people call it torque. You can call it whatever you want
but it’s rotational energy. Now in rotational energy is when you get all of this and you
unwind from here to here. You’re turning in the pitching mechanics. So now we’ve got another
problem. We’ve got to leverage this so we don’t leak it out because if you go here and
you let this glove fly out and you just keep spinning, you’re going to lose a lot of that
energy again. So to leverage your rotational energy on the pitching mound you’re going
to do what I call blocking off and what that consists of is, first we’re going to stay
closed because we want to torque this up, we want to get some rotational energy out
of it, but as we open up and get into our scap load and then our elbow comes down, this
is the part where we want to block off. The elbow comes down and we stop. The elbow comes
in and this stops us from rotating any further. So we want to, elbow in, and block it off.
We don’t want to keep, we don’t want to pull this thing in, because then we could over
rotate and lose some energy. We want to block it off. A good way to think of it might be
like putting your forearm on a wall that’s about three feet high or however tall you
are, right here, and then that stops the rotation. Now everything comes back into a straight
line and all that energy comes out of that conveniently placed hand with a baseball in
it that’s coming through as we’re throwing. So now if you can do that and put it all together
with good timing, you’re going to take all that energy that you’ve generated from your
legs into your core, block them both off with a straight front leg or a strong front leg
and a block off with the arm and then that ball is going to come out with a lot of extra
energy in it. You’re probably going to throw a lot faster. Now hitting is very, very similar
to pitching. We’ve got the two types of energy, rotational and linear energy. Now, here’s
where it gets a little bit crazy because there’s two philosophies of hitting one is called
linear and one is called rotational. Now, I’m not talking about these philosophies of
hitting. I’m just talking about energy in general. So, what we want to do is we want
to create some energy whether you’re a rotational hitting guy or a linear hitting guy, you still
want to create some energy off of your back foot. You want to be driving to that ball,
going forward just as if we were pitching, right? But now we’re hitting so we’re going
to be a little bit shorter. We’re not going to be way up here with our leg but we’re going
to be a little bit shorter and we’re going to get to that ball moving into our front
leg. We’re not going to stay back the whole swing. That’s going to be our linear energy.
Now, the same thing goes with hitting. You want to hit against a straight, firm front
leg and because of that when you’re swinging, when I start to swing, let me pull my shorts
up so you can see my front knee, when I start to swing, BOOM, my front knee is still bent,
but as I’m coming through, as I’m transferring my weight into that front side because I’m
driving off my back leg, I straighten it out and my energy goes “HEY WE CAN’T GO THROUGH
HERE, we can’t leak out here, let’s find somewhere else to go” and it goes into this rotational
spot where you’re still unwinding and then right out through the hands. Now, the only
difference, so you’ve got that straight front leg at contact with hitting as well, just
like in pitching, the only difference is with hitting is we don’t have anything to block
off our rotational energy. That’s why one of the biggest problems with hitters is flying
open because there is nothing to block off that rotational energy. The best way to work
on getting your energy correctly though from the rotational part of it is to think about
getting through that ball. So, although we can’t block off anything on our rotational
energy with hitting, you can think about extending through that ball here and really finishing
through that ball where you’re trying to finish it versus, what I see a lot of guys doing
is BAH finishing that swing way out that way. So, thinking more through the ball when you’re
finishing your rotation versus finishing that swing. So, through the ball, versus finishing
that rotation. So, that’s the only difference between the hitting rotational power and pitching
rotational power but the linear energy and blocking off that straight front leg is exactly
the same. So think about that a little bit. Go ahead, leave some comments. I know I’m
going to get all kinds of comments on this one. So let me here what you’ve got to say
and we’ll talk about it. Alright, I hope you liked it. Thanks guys. If you found this video
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