Listen - The Crack Of The Bat

Written by Aron Wallad

The other day, as I watched my daughter take batting practice from her new batting coach, my eyes shifted to another batter that was being coached by another teacher. Her swings were slow,repparttar ball was glancing off her bat and trickling intorepparttar 138753 batting screen. Her hips were not rotating and there was no power being generated from her swings.

The coach then took some time with her to show her some techniques that would help her in her quest to be a better hitter.. They spoke for about 10 minutes. Or should I sayrepparttar 138754 coach spoke for 10 minutes andrepparttar 138755 girl listened.

As I gazed back and forth between my daughter and this other girl I realized that after about 20 more minutes of hitting and talking with her coach that this girl ( we will call her this girl ) was smackingrepparttar 138756 ball. Projectiles were streaming off her bat. That loud crack from her bat was reverberating inrepparttar 138757 facility.

It dawned on me. That this is why I love this game so much. I loved that crack ofrepparttar 138758 bat. I loved hitting that ball so right. I loved it whenrepparttar 138759 ball whistled inrepparttar 138760 air. Enjoyingrepparttar 138761 other aspects ofrepparttar 138762 game like base running, fielding, and throwing were great. But, I was deeply passionate about hitting. The supreme challenge was why I started playing this game and why I continue to enjoy watching it today. The anticipation of watching a great batter get ready forrepparttar 138763 pitch. Awesome.

The Making of a Billiards Champion (Series II of V)

Written by Jackie "The Angel" Broadhurst

The Making of a Billiards Champion (Series II of V) Fundamentals Learningrepparttar proper fundamentals isrepparttar 138685 most critical aspect of a player’s pool game. Mechanics will affect every shot executed. By learningrepparttar 138686 proper techniques first, you will be able to build upon them easier and berepparttar 138687 best that you can be inrepparttar 138688 shortest amount of time. There is much to learn about having proper mechanics, this article is aboutrepparttar 138689 three most critical.

Bridges A bridge is used to holdrepparttar 138690 cue stick in place while your shooting. The purpose of a bridge is to allow for a smooth and stable place for your cue stick, so that you can make your intended contact withrepparttar 138691 cue ball. If it is not stable and smooth, you will hitrepparttar 138692 cue ball inconsistently, and therefore, will get random results of aim, english and “deflection”. An “Open Bridge” isrepparttar 138693 easiest to learn and has its advantages and disadvantages. It allows you to seerepparttar 138694 shot better because your index finger is not coveringrepparttar 138695 top ofrepparttar 138696 stick. And, by bending your knuckles, you can get more height with this bridge for a high/follow stroke. Atrepparttar 138697 Boys and Girls Club, this isrepparttar 138698 first bridge I teach. Once they see how easy it is to form that “little V” between their thumb and knuckle, they can quickly make more shots onrepparttar 138699 table. A disadvantage of an open bridge is that there is a chance thatrepparttar 138700 stick can move upwards because your index finger is not covering it. A “Closed Bridge” takes time forrepparttar 138701 muscles in your finger to wrap aroundrepparttar 138702 shaft ofrepparttar 138703 cue in a way that is tight enough that it doesn’t move around, but loose enough that it does not inhibit your stroke. In school, I used to practice this with my pen, until my muscles were trained to do it without thinking about it. Stroking Arm The purpose is to moverepparttar 138704 cue stick throughrepparttar 138705 ball while keeping it straight and level. Therefore, your arm should be at 90 degrees before contact. If you hold it closer torepparttar 138706 ball (less than 90 degrees), you won’t be able to follow through enough. If you hold it farther away fromrepparttar 138707 ball (more than 90 degrees), it is extremely hard to keep it level. To test to see if you have a consistent, straight and level cue. Place an empty pop or beer bottle on its side onrepparttar 138708 table. As ifrepparttar 138709 bottle opening wasrepparttar 138710 cue ball, do some practice strokes intorepparttar 138711 bottleneck without touchingrepparttar 138712 sides ofrepparttar 138713 bottle. You should be able to follow through allrepparttar 138714 way torepparttar 138715 bottom ofrepparttar 138716 bottle without touching it.

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