2 Today's Discussion- Timing- Preparation to move- Unweighting- Setting up of the hands- Body Coil- Takeaway patterns- Body patterns- The Levers- Releasing the build up- Stopping the Forces
3 Timing A key to all sports is timing. Timing requires the matching of the external variables with the internal response.
4 Ricky Ponting has achieved this aim. Feedback as to the applicability of our timing is location of ball strike on the bat.
5 Graeme Pollock hit with tremendous power and as we’ll see it was his tremendous ability in setting up the hitting position that allowed this to happen.
6 In this image I’m driving the ball wide of mid-on. Contrast the set up and requirements to Graeme’scover drive.
7 Sachin Tendulkar also hits with tremendous power for a little man. Take note of the position of the bat and the body at contact point.
8 Brian Lara is another little man who can generate tremendous power Brian Lara is another little man who can generate tremendous power. He achieves it by his wonderful setup.
9 In this image Sunil Gavaskar is directing the full ball on his legs through mid wicket. Notice how he hits into the line of the ball.
10 Barry Richard’s appeared to just caress the ball but it raced off his bat. The reason for this was his setup.
11 Preparation to moveBarry’s stance at the wicket was wonderfully relaxed. As the bowler approaches he narrows his field of vision to the point of release. Through his training Barry has developed this into a consistent routine.
12 The Don also displays the state of relaxed readiness. Notice the different bat position and top hand position to Barry.
13 Mathew Hayden is ready weight on the balls of his feet, like a boxer ready to throw a punch.
14 The knees bend in the stance to allow the back and head to assume a power position. Steve Waugh demonstrates the ideal position.
15 UnweightingThe takeaway is triggered by the top hand, allowing the bottom hand to take on the vital role as the fulcrum during the setup.
16 The wonderful head and upper body symmetry reflects the balanced unweighting of the lower body.
17 A perfect photo of the back hand fulcrum position. Just the thumb and first two fingers in contact with the bat
18 Steve defies what’s commonly coached. As the bat is being setup so is the lower body and its all happening in a synchronisedpatterning.
19 Graeme used a very extreme front of the handle top grip. This grip presets the front wrist in the position so the use of the top hand isslightly different. Compare it to the image of Adam Gilchrist.
20 Barry maintained a more upright position in his unweighting. He relied more on the unweighting of the hitting leg to generate theground forces. Compare Barry to Brian Lara.
21 Setting up of the handsRicky Ponting shows a tremendous lever position. At timeshe can get into trouble with the head leading the upper body.Obviously the greater the variance the larger the core strengthto prevent the body falling over. In this instance it’s okay.
22 Like Graeme Pollock, Brian employs a front of the handle grip. This sets his bat face slightly more open than Adam Gilchrists.
23 I like to call the position Brian has assumed “The Active Neutral Position”. I think the term highlights the movement nicely.
47 For this shot the demands are different. The ball is full in at Sunil’s legs. Therefore the bat loading is cut short by theearly release of the hips back into the ball allowing Sunilthe time to take the ball forward of his centre of mass.
48 This ball goes over mid wicket. See how the length and placement of the levers set up the body for the optimisedrelease. Compare Mathew’s position to Adam’s for the cut.
49 Like Sunil’s, this ball is directed in towards my legs. The key is to allow my bat access back into the ball. To do this Imaintain the integrity of the upper body out of the unweighting,restrict the coil with my foot plant. Plant so as I don’t block theball off and then by bringing the weight forward and over the front legI can direct this ball anywhere from fine leg to mid-on.
50 What a tremendous example of the use of levers. Now it’s just matter of letting it happen!
51 With the front foot now planted the bat is triggered to return back into the ball.
52 Who said that movement wasn’t about synchronisation? The key is to get the internal timing right to the external demandspresented.
58 Great example of the front arm pulling the bat into line as the hips are rotating out. The reality is you can’t control this point,so you had better have set it up appropriately!
59 Stopping the forcesIt’s a classic shot and look at the position the Don is in if he hasto run. He’s allowed the bat to unwind over the shoulder and look atthe balance.
60 The alternative to taking the bat over the shoulder in the follow through is to bend the top elbow post hit and slowthe bat. The key is to make sure the hit is completed beforethis action takes place.
61 The Result A natural easy flowing movement between mid off and cover for 4!