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Understanding the Importance of the Whip Effect in the Baseball Swing


I see whip effect in the baseball swing. When you crack a whip, there has got to be a deceleration to make the transfer of energy to the tip of the whip. The arm has to decelerate to crack a whip.

We need to understand how energy is transferred to the bat head in a swing in order to address the rotational obsession being taught in the baseball swing today. One way to illustrate proper transfer of energy could be to take a bucket of water and throw the water in the bucket at someone. If I should rotate my arms with the rest of my body and not stop its rotational movement (or decelerate the arms), the water would mostly miss my target and would mostly fly in a circular path to my target and all around my body even behind me. The water in the bucket would not have received the energy in such a way to directly and fully hit my intended target. The transfer of energy from the thrower to the water in the bucket never did occur with the rotational pattern of the throw.

In order to get the water out of the bucket and to hit my intended target with full force, I have got to brace my arms (decelerate my arms) in the direction of my target. There is a bracing effect that occurs, and then transfers from my body and then to the bucket, the bucket braces and the water is ejected toward my target.

What you see with what I teach, and what you see what biomechanists teach in golf and other sports but you don’t hear much about in baseball, you have got to understand this cracking of the whip idea. Our goal is not to rotate. Our goal is to deliver energy to the bat head to deliver to the ball. The goal is not rotation.

When you hit a baseball, your legs should create a forward momentum transferring energy to the front leg, with the energy working its way up from the larger base segments up, just like when throwing the water out of the bucket. When you make that transfer from back leg to front leg in your baseball swing, your body should brace to let the energy transfer to the hands and bat.

The hands and the bat are the equivalent of the water in the bucket. The body braces and the hands and the bat are ejected. We are not trying to hit the baseball by rotating our body through contact of the baseball. We should not be spinning through contact of the baseball. It doesn’t look good, but yet many coaches are talking about hips, hips, hips and spin your back foot and are giving that sort of baseball instruction.

Understanding whip effect, will help you understand the natural move, the natural swing, the way it happens in all other sports that require a throwing action. Think about it and name another sport where your goal is to spin your back foot. Many baseball coaches are teaching their students to spin their back foot to get rotation through the player’s hips. Name any other sport where you see this type of instruction or this type of throwing pattern.

In tennis, golf, shot put, throwing or hitting any ball, we are transferring our energy in a straight line shift toward our target. You do not see spinning on the back foot in any of these sports or any other. This rotational hysteria is taking over baseball, but does not exist in any other sport. With batting in the last decade or so, coaches are teaching and we are seeing an epidemic of spinners.

Rotation does happen in the swing. There is no question about that. However, it happens as part of a straight line move of the back leg. It is a lateral driving of energy in a straight line at your target. If I throw a baseball and I spin my back leg, what would that do to the force my leg creates and to the direction of the ball? Rotating the back leg in a throw would compromise your back leg drive and it would send the direction of the throw away from your intended target.

Instead, if you drive hard in a straight line toward your intended target when throwing a baseball, your hips will naturally rotate after the drive of your legs in a straight line direction toward your target. Your hips will rotate much faster when you throw without trying to rotate.

The water out of the bucket is a big concept. We are decelerating and transferring energy and working in straight lines. Rotation will occur naturally. The hips will rotate and pull the upper torso. The rotation will happen without trying to spin.

We should be working in straight lines when attacking a baseball to hit it. The front leg will block the transfer, then fire the hips open from the front. As our body parts begin to naturally and sequentially rotate after the straight line shift, and we learn to decelerate our body parts just before contact, the huge force of energy will flow to our hands and then to the bat and then to the ball.

This is why you hear pro hitters talk a lot about hands. They might not understand biomechanically why they talk about hands, but they talk about hands because the hands are all they feel moving through contact of the baseball.

For great hitters, at the moment of truth at contact of the baseball, all energy has been funneled to the hands.


Source by Dr. Chris Yeager

Understanding Different Types of Soccer Betting Odds


We found this amazing site which is the greatest resource for online soccer betting, providing players with all the information they need before they make a wager. The popularity of soccer betting comes from the high popularity of the sport itself. Millions of people watch soccer to either cheer on their favorite team or just to get a hand on the adrenaline of the game. The most important difference between soccer betting and other forms of gambling is that it takes some time to become profitable and start earning real money. However once you have learned some basic tips – as outlined here, you’ll be able to enjoy higher than average returns on your wagers.

The trick in soccer betting is studying past soccer games to get a feeling for what the best odds are and to be able to tell if one team is going to win or not. While this may sound like an obvious piece of advice, you’d be surprised at how many players loose site of the “big picture” when betting on soccer games.

There are also many soccer tips you can find online forums that analyze game stats. Probably one of the best soccer betting tips is to take a look at all the online sports books before making your first bet; different sports books offer different bonuses and different odds, all of which affect your bottom line as a sports bettor. Therefore, simply taking some time to choose the best odds will put you in the right track to win big. Some of the best sports books online are William Hill, Ladbrokes, 888 Sport and Bet 365.

Soccer betting odds are not as favorable when the point spread (also known as an ‘Asian handicap’ is involved. So for beginners it is recommended to start playing with straight bets. This type of betting is also known as 1X2 where 1 is the home team, 2 is the away team, and X is a tie.

Because the skill in picking a winner based on a point spread is more difficult we recommend going with 1X2 wagers as predicting which team is going to win without giving an exact amount of points is a simpler task. Other ways to get a winning start when betting on soccer is to simply bet on the home team each time. While the odds are usually lower on home teams – they outperform both tie bets and away teams by a wide margin.

To increase your chances of winning, you should first stick to games where you know both teams and can easily tell what their behavior on the field will be like. You chances for success at betting on soccer will only decrease if you are betting on unknown teams, or are chasing long shots with no realistic chance of winning only to make a big score.


Source by Francine Gecko

Categories: Sports Betting


Sports Betting Probabilities – The Secrets Of Understanding "Odds" To Gamble And Win


Winning at sports betting is all about the probabilities. By studying them, it’s the only way that you can win consistently in the long term. Find out more about them in this article.

The Odds Show The Implied Probabilities

The odds that you are given by the bookie or at the betting exchange are a reflection of the implied probability being offered to you. How you work this out depends on the format of the odds that you are using.

For instance, fractional odds of 3/1 are also the same as decimal/international odds of 4, which are the same as US odds of +300. What these mean are a probability of one divided by the international odds (4) which gives 25%.

Always Go For Value In Probabilities

You should work out what you believe to be the real chance of your pick winning. Forget what the bookie is offering you for now. Work it out yourself and see what you come up with.

In the example above, let’s say that these were the odds given for picking the Chicago Bulls to win. If you believe that the Chicago Bulls are worse and really only have a 10% chance of winning, then you should not take this bet. You should take it because the bookie is not offering enough reward for your risk.

If you believe that the Bulls chance of winning is much more, say 50%, then you should take the bet. This is because the bookie thinks there is a slim chance of winning and will reward your risk for it handsomely. In actual fact, you know that they have undervalued the Bulls and you have not bad chances of winning.

Use All The Data Available

There are many ways to calculate probabilities for yourself. One way is to analyse the historic records of teams and players. There are many sources of data available these days and although it is available to everyone, a lot of people don’t use it. Thus you might find something that has been overlooked by everyone and be able to use this knowledge to your advantage.


Source by Donnie Carter

Understanding Sports Betting


Are you an avid gambler? Do you look at gambling as an art form or a way to make a living? If so, then you need to have a strong understanding sports betting. If you want to win more of your bets, then you must understand how sports betting works and why you win or lose.

There are many secrets to sports betting that include different approaches and styles of placing bets. Most of these are basically wrong and will not help you win. There is only one type of strategy to trust and that is a statistical approach to sports betting.

A statistical approach to sports betting will breakdown all the odds and will tell you what bets to place so that when the day is over you have more wins than losses and you come out with hundreds more than you started with. This is the approach that is used by all the top sports betting gurus and should be the only trusted approach.

The great thing about a statistical approach and the way the industry is today is that you can bet on many different sports across the world. You can even bet on sports that you know absolutely nothing about. You could be winning bets in China, The UK, The USA, Italy, Russia, and other countries all at the same time.

Understand sports betting takes one of two things, either learning a statistical approach to betting or a lot of trial and error. Spending a little bit to gain the knowledge of sports betting is well worth it, if you consider how many bets you will have to lose to gain the same knowledge on your own. Happy Betting!


Source by Daryl Finn

Categories: Sports Betting