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Planting my front foot
« on: April 22, 2019, 02:59:11 PM »

Are season started on Saturday and mine didnt get off to a good start. 4 ball duck but I keep having the same issue were im planting my front foot and most of the time Im LBW. I havent been able to buy a run dating back to last year. Ive noticed that early in my innings my feet just dont move and if they do its just because Im conscious of it. Wondering if anyone can help with some friendly advice.

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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 03:10:36 PM »

Why don't you use a trigger motion as the bowler bowls, moving your front foot to point a little towards the bowler, then you may be in a better place to adjust the position of your front foot to the correct line as your weight goes forward  when facing fast bowling.
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2019, 03:36:40 PM »

Why don't you use a trigger motion as the bowler bowls, moving your front foot to point a little towards the bowler, then you may be in a better place to adjust the position of your front foot to the correct line as your weight goes forward  when facing fast bowling.
I've been looking at vids on youtube of this and been trying it in the nets, as my get out from lbw was way too high, maybe around 40%. Still getting used to the idea but it does make you more alert on your feet.
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2019, 05:37:59 PM »

I have, in the past, also planted my front foot when out of form which made me a sitting duck for any sort of inswing or seam. This was part of my trigger movement which had become more exaggerated over a few years

The way I got over it was to stay as still as I could for as long as possible. I am now at the point where I have almost zero trigger, my only conscious movement before the bowler releases is the pick up and hinge. I recommend this back to basics approach, trigger movements are overrated

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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2019, 05:43:12 PM »

What @LateBloomer says.
Practice moving your head to the ball, with some tennis ball drop feeds. Progress to underarm feeds and then throw downs.
Moving your front foot into different positions.
Quite often planting your front foot is caused by over striding, but mainly it is caused by moving your foot to the ball rather than your head.

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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2019, 05:48:35 PM »

Classic red herring. The problem isn't your foot, the problem is your bat. It keeps missing the ball. Solve that, and you won't be out lbw.
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2019, 06:37:56 PM »

Classic red herring. The problem isn't your foot, the problem is your bat. It keeps missing the ball. Solve that, and you won't be out lbw.

Could be, but also possibly a not a total red herring though. Feet in the wrong place may mean bat cant get to ball...
Without seeing it, its hard to suggest the best course of action.

Improved bat path and looking to play straighter I reckon will help too.

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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2019, 07:38:30 PM »

Could be, but also possibly a not a total red herring though. Feet in the wrong place may mean bat cant get to ball...
Without seeing it, its hard to suggest the best course of action.

Improved bat path and looking to play straighter I reckon will help too.

The problem is the bat. What is causing the problem with the bat is impossible to say without a video, and it would be unprofessional to guess.

Of course, feet in the wrong place is also likely to be a symptom, not a cause. It could be the setup, it could be the thought process. Lots of batsman plant their foot but still score stacks of runs.
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2019, 07:45:48 PM »

What guard do you take? If you feel confident off of your legs take a centre or middle and off guard. I find that helps me.
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2019, 08:19:06 PM »

If you're getting out lbw a lot I'd put good money on your head falling over to off. Similar to posts above - a trigger isn't a good fix for this, standing still and balanced at the crease is. See if you can video yourself in the nets or get someone to watch your batting, should give you a better idea of what's causing the problem.
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2019, 09:09:05 PM »

If you're getting out lbw a lot I'd put good money on your head falling over to off. Similar to posts above - a trigger isn't a good fix for this, standing still and balanced at the crease is. See if you can video yourself in the nets or get someone to watch your batting, should give you a better idea of what's causing the problem.

Exactly. Your foot is probably moving, but Just going across (because your head is falling over). Try a slightly open stance (very slight), and focus on NOT moving.. a good way to achieve this would be to look to play the on drive every ball (this will give you feel for staying balanced).
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2019, 09:10:37 PM »

Forget your front foot Lead with your head  and the rest will follow
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2019, 12:58:59 PM »

I've used a couple aproaches to try to combat getting the front foot in the wrong place.

1.  Using a more upright stance, which gets the head back towards 'over off stump' instead of slouching which puts the head outside off.
2.  Extending the line of the stumps and drawing them on the pitch with a marker, outside the crease in front of you.  Then every front foot shot you play, you have a good look at exactly where your front foot is landing, relative to the stumps.  This may not solve your problem, but it will make you more aware of it, and may surprise you at the extent of the problem!
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2019, 01:19:12 PM »

I will echo the advice to lead with your head, if you watch the ball well and try and get your head to the ball that makes a massive difference. Leading with your head and bringing the bat down straight are pretty much all you need to score runs tbh, footwork be damned. In addition that there are a couple of schools of thought of how to solve this problem.

Option 1) Spend lots of time in the nets fixing your technique until you become a lean, mean, run scoring machine. Lots of hard work involved here.

Option 2) Skip the hard work and just embrace your flaws and foibles.

My bat is down in my stance, and my head causes me to fall over to the offside and my front foot used to stop me getting to the ball if it's straight or on the pads.

In the interests of laziness, I stopped trying to fix the problem and simply opened up my stance so I take guard facing mid-on. My head still causes me to topple only now I topple straight down the wicket and don't get trapped LBW in addition to being able to flick the ball off my pads.

The trade off was I no longer get into good positions to play the cover drive but I bat longer so I feel it's worth it.
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Re: Planting my front foot
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2019, 02:38:00 PM »

Lead with the head it is.
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