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March 12, 2014

Going Yard

The Science of Swinging

by Ryan Parker


Let’s cut through the noise. My name is Ryan Parker, and I love the violence and beauty of a baseball swing.

I’m passionate about hitting and about making sure the next generation of hitters gets the right advice. In this article, I'll tackle some modern hitting “truths” that I've seen too often throughout my career as a player, scout, coach, and instructor. These are the phrases that get repeated endlessly and threaten to harm players' swings:

  • Get the front foot down early
  • Rotational vs. linear hitting
  • Take the hands to the ball
  • Keep the front shoulder down
  • Let the ball travel and hit it deep in the zone

I will use Jose Bautista as an example throughout this article, not because his swing is ideal but because his movements are so pronounced and easy to see that they make for great teaching moments. I'll also include shots of two of the best swings in the game, those of Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey.

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