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The man that changed Andres Torres

 

[1] The biggest thing that was holding back my highest-level client, Andres Torres of the San Francisco Giants, was that he was taught a linear hand path. He was taught to throw his hands at the ball, to slap the ball, and to try to beat out the throw. This worked for him all the way up through the AA level, in large part due to his incredible speed, but it stopped working for him at the AAA level. Over the past year I have helped him move to a more rotational swing, using Albert Pujols as his model, and he has seen dramatic improvements in terms of both his average and his power. That is why I teach Rotational Hitting and not Linear Hitting.

[2] In my work with Andres Torres, I found that the biggest and most important revelation for him was the distinction between Connection and Extension. This is relevant to the Linear versus Rotational debate because when he tried to swing using a linear hand path, he would end up disconnecting and robbing himself of power.

 

http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/baseball/Hitting/RethinkingHitting/Essays/RotationalHittingLinearHitting.html

 

 

Very Interesting. This article was updated in January. It does not take into consideration what Torres has done this year. Is this the real reason why Torres has sparkled since joining the San Francisco Giants?

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