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jchokshi

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Any batting form improvement tips
« on: September 05, 2017, 03:24:23 PM »

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Lately, I've been struggling playing the bowler's line going away from me. I went to nets and asked one of my mates to bowl the line for some time while I could have the video taken. Below is the link,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eebGk_BMBkc

What do you guys think?  I reckon my legs don't go to the pitch of the ball completely and to compensate my hands are going away from body to meet the line of the ball. Also, it seems that I still miss the "high elbow" finish.  The down swing may get erratic it seems.

Any more comments folks?
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 03:40:34 PM »

Your basic setup looks alright to me so I'll leave the real technical chat to others, but a couple of easy observations spring to mind:

Relax man! You look terrified and very stiff when preparing for a delivery, and you're sitting back on your heels. Take it easy, stay looser and get on your toes so you can move more freely.

Secondly, get your head towards the ball. Don't worry too much about getting your feet to the ball, if they need to move then they'll move, but you need to get your head out in front of your front leg and closer to the ball, then play the ball right under your eyes. Try getting your mate to underarm you a few on that line that troubles you, and aim to play them along the floor without moving your feet - this should get you used to moving your head out to meet the ball. See Kevin Pietersen for further explanation: https://youtu.be/gFQBr5vCSJA?t=2m6s
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »

Any more comments folks?

1. Your bat should be pointing towards 1st slip if taking a mid-stump guard, it is pointing towards gulley.
2. Too much movement when anticipating delivery. Try standing still and upright.
3. I think you are falling over to the off-side, try standing upright with lower back straight.
4. Keep your eye on the ball when hitting hard, your eyes (and head) moved where you wanted to hit the ball and consequently missed the shot.
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 04:23:31 PM »

Team,

Lately, I've been struggling playing the bowler's line going away from me. I went to nets and asked one of my mates to bowl the line for some time while I could have the video taken. Below is the link,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eebGk_BMBkc

What do you guys think?  I reckon my legs don't go to the pitch of the ball completely and to compensate my hands are going away from body to meet the line of the ball. Also, it seems that I still miss the "high elbow" finish.  The down swing may get erratic it seems.

Any more comments folks?

1. Your bat looks too heavy, resulting in very slow hand/bat speed.

2. Stop dragging your back foot through after playing a shot.

3. Loosen up a little bit, you seem more concerned about technique than actually hitting the ball.
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 04:57:36 PM »

Your hands are locked in against your thighs/box. Your first movement (probably subconsciously) is to jolt your hands out and away from your body to give your hands and bat enough room to negotiate your legs/body in order to play straight. It's good that you understand the need to play with a straight bat but you are overcomplicating it for yourself by forcing an unnecessary hand movement before every ball. I see it a lot and it is a relatively easy fix, once you are aware of it and review footage of it a few times it should be something you can stop yourself doing quite quickly.

Relating to an above comment about where your bat is pointing, it is not overly important unless it starts to point over leg stump or towards fine leg as this will close your hips and shoulders off making it very difficult to play straight and off your pads. Which guard you take has almost no bearing on where you should hold your bat, so ignore that advice in my opinion.

I agree your bat looks a little cumbersome, but this could be due to the aforementioned issue with where you start your hands.

Your head is tipping over to the off side almost by default for front foot shots, its hard to tell from front on but it looks like your feet are pretty close together in your stance, spread them a little and stop bouncing around as much pre shot, this should settle your head/shoulders and allow you to remain more balanced.

There is advice above to stop dragging your back leg through after the shot, but no advice on how, or why you are doing it in the first place. Usually when i see someones back leg come round and end up square on or even in front of their front leg, it is because of a small stride to a front foot shot and the head position causing you to topple over your front foot. There are a couple of occasions where this happens and the more spread stance i have mentioned may help here.
However it appears that you are often taking quite a big stride and striking the ball pretty well but still ending up square on despite no obvious balance issue caused by head position. This is usually down to a fundamental issue with how you strike the ball. You are almost certainly allowing elements of the left side of your body to influence a front foot shot much more than they should do. It is hard for me to establish if you are playing with more bottom hand dominance than you should be, but the entire left side of the body needs to be considered. If you open your left hip/shoulder up either as a result of overly dominant bottom hand play or to facilitate it, then you will always cause yourself this problem of ending up chest on to the bowler with your back leg level with your front one. A front foot shot should be executed from a relatively side on position with the top hand on the bat leading the way, the bottom hand comes along for the ride, it shouldn't be the hand dictating the power/direction of your shot.
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 07:35:50 PM »

Your hands are locked in against your thighs/box. Your first movement (probably subconsciously) is to jolt your hands out and away from your body

JACOB!!!!!  What are you insinuating?  :o
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 08:09:45 PM »

Stop bouncing around and get your head still?
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 10:59:30 PM »

Stop bouncing around and get your head still?
Agree. Make your head go to the ball and your front foot will naturally follow. Bend your knees into your drives.
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Re: Any batting form improvement tips
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 08:01:49 AM »

What I would try to sort out first is your backlift & back foot.
Your backlift will be causing you to nick off and miss driving the ball alotThis is purely because your backlift is causing your hands to play inside to out and go in a U motion when driving the ball.
Try and have someone drop balls on a decent length via throw downs or purely drop downs and practice moving your head & foot as close to the pitch of the ball as possible and your bat coming down in a straight line from the backlift.
Use a rubber spot/chalk to mark your foot & drill yourself to keep it still.

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