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In each still picture, he saw a stiff front leg, an uncoiling torso and a back foot lifting off the ground.
Every good hitter does this, with the only substantial difference being that the back foot lift is generally less pronounced.
Harper simply cannot lay off that down-and-in pitch. It's his Kryptonite. Once he figures out that piece of the puzzle opponents will have a harder time pitching to him.
The article makes it pretty clear that most MLB hitters put 90% of their weight over their front leg when they swing, but that Harper puts 100% of his weight on his front leg. That's a relevant difference, for sure. I find it an odd critique to repeat something that's stated in the article as though it wasn't.
To add, I find the emphasis on the physical swing to be overrated. The swing gets written about a lot because it's physical and we can see it (and obviously it is very important) but what makes Harper, or Ruth, or Bonds, or any hitter great is what's inside their head - pitch recognition, superior hand-eye coordination, timing, muscle control, etc. At some point when we have a greater understanding of the brain it will be very interesting to get deeper into that
At some point when we have a greater understanding of the brain it will be very interesting to get deeper into that.
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