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Keep Your Front Elbow Down

One cue that you will frequently hear hitting coaches espouse is that the hitter must keep their front elbow down.

David Freese's Front Elbow

David Freese

Keeping the front elbow down is said to be important because it helps to ensure that the barrel stays above the hands and the ball, helps the hitter stay on top of the ball and not uppercut it, and prevents the development of a loop in the swing.

Yasiel Puig's Front Elbow

Yasiel Puig

The problem is that, and as I also discuss in my pieces on...

...a loop in the swing isn't the problem that many people think it is.

As I discuss in Truth in Hitting, every high-level swing has a loop in it.

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