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Here Are 6 Christian Yelich Swing Analysis Hitting Mechanic Strategies Helping Him Dominate (or Not? 🤔)

 

 

Christian Yelich Swing Analysis - Hitting Mechanics

Christian Yelich ‘showing numbers’. Photo courtesy: MLB.com

WARNING!  This Christian Yelich swing analysis video has been done tongue-and-cheek…sarcastic…mocking…joking…so please don’t send me HATE email because of this cheeky Christian Yelich hitting mechanics video.

Here are some of the topics we cover…

  1. Head movement,
  2. Back knee inside back foot,
  3. Over rotating back foot,
  4. Getting taller,
  5. “Launch angle” swing!
  6. Keep shoulders square (no counter rotation!!!)

By the way, at the beginning of the video, we look at the following Forbes article titled: “NL MVP Christian Yelich, Bucking The Launch Angle Trend”.

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12 replies
    • Joey Myers
      Joey Myers says:

      That comment would have been better if it was sarcastic pointing out the sarcasm in the video…yes, this response is sarcastic. Enough sarcasm for ya 😉

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  1. Joe
    Joe says:

    Joey,

    Very good, especially for such a “terrible” person and delusional hitting instructor. Your sarcasm will only further infuriate the heretics out there. Lol.

    A few things, as to achieving a “weight free” back side. Yelich’s sideways back foot would leave weight back to an extent, no? He doesn’t “skip” his back foot and, as a result, gets rather wide with that long-ish stride. Is that a good thing or a bad thing, biomechanically speaking, since you cant argue with his results?

    Also, in an article you did on Stephen Vogt way back when, you posted about the role of the back leg angle. You stated:

    “So the back knee angle during the Final Turn does have a significant impact on ball flight.  More bend equals, more airtime for the ball.
    …In terms of driving the ball like Stephen Vogt, think of the back leg angle as angling your body like a ‘ramp’.” 

    My question is: Although his back leg angle is good, would Yelich create more “airtine” and more of a “ramp” like effect by skipping his back foot into contact instead of leaving it sideways?

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      • Joey Myers
        Joey Myers says:

        Joe, yes this video will infuriate the insanity being perpetuated with hitting dogmas. You know me, I don’t care 😉 On un-weighting the backside, Yelich does this but does not move his back foot much. I tell my hitters, you don’t want to skip the back foot too much or not at all (i.e. squishing the bug). It’s okay to skip a little, scissor, or get to the tippy toe (although I prefer little skip). The movement principle is shifting weight into impact. With squishing bug swings, this doesn’t happen. And the latter – biomechanically speaking – only shifts 75% of bodyweight into impact, while the former (un-weighting) shifts 150% of bodyweight into impact.

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  2. Mark
    Mark says:

    Ha, I knew it. You were wrong on all 6. Seriously thanks for posting this one. Yelich is perfect for what you teach.

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  3. Joe
    Joe says:

    Joey,

    Please send this to Sean Casey and Mark DeRosa at the MLB Network. Casey’s recent analysis of Yordan Alvarez said just the opposite of what you say here about square shoulders. And DeRo believes that Giancarlo Stanton, in an analysis of Stanton’s home run this weekend, is staying tall.

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