Here is a Method that Helped Hank Aaron to Consistently Hit Dingers…
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Hank Aaron averaged almost 33 homers over 23 seasons (755 all-time homers). And at ONLY 6’0″, 180-pounds, I would say that’s quite an accomplishment!
The above 24-minute video is a home-run derby hosted by Mark Scott. You can purchase the Legends Home Run Derby 3 Volume Set (I only see volumes 1 & 3 though) on Amazon to watch it on your TV.
This particular one pits Hank Aaron against Al Kaline. I wanted to get your reaction on some of the swings, but before I do that…I figured some of you wouldn’t have time to watch the whole 24-minutes, so I included some time-stamps below for quick reference.
(abbrev.: HA = Hank Aaron, AK = Al Kaline, & MS = Mark Scott)
- MS comments on AK’s swing: “crowds the plate, closed stance” (2:53) – notice how he steps in the bucket
- HA asked to comment on AK’s swing: “sweeps at the ball” (3:01)
- AK describes HA’s swing: “relaxed, waits till last minute, ‘pops’ his wrist into the ball and it really jumps” (6:25)
- MS comments on AK’s swing: “long stride”, then HA adds: “get out there, get that ball, that’s what you’re suppose to do” (7:43)
- HA homer chest view (10:33)
- HA gapper back view (11:15)
- HA gapper – fly out – to left center, back-chest view (14:33)
- HA homer, chest view (14:45)
- HA homer, chest view (15:05)
- HA homer, chest view (18:05)
Interesting to Note…
- How far and high Hank Aaron’s back foot comes off the ground during his turn
- How much forward momentum both hitters get
- How early the barrel starts on the pitch plane
- How much both hitters get on their front sides…
What do you think? Please leave your comments or questions under the “Leave a Reply” section…
I’ve spent 11+ years in the corrective fitness industry, and have too many alphabet-soup certifications to bore you with.I also played four years of Division One baseball at Fresno State from 2000-2003.
It’s NOT how you study, but what you study that counts.I apply human movement principles (or rules), validated by science, to hitting a baseball and softball.
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