Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Justin Upton hits a bomb

Here's a nice video clip of Justin Upton's swing from the 2011 postseason.  He crushes a 3-1 fastball to deep left field and the clip shows a couple replays from the center field and side views for a good look at his hitting mechanics (and bat flipping style!):


One of the things I like about Upton's swing is that he generates tons of power but doesn't have a lot of "noise".  Specifically, he doesn't get far away from a good swing plane.  Here is an illustration of what I mean, just before Upton unloads his swing:


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Lots of bat speed + consistent swing path = power AND consistency!

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