Yasiel Puig, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and David Wright are all premier MLB hitters right now. So what are they doing so well that is making pitchers fear them? Let's break it down.
The one thing all four of these guys have in common the something I have covered in past articles. The "counter-turn" or drawing of the front hip, knee and shoulder inwards, is the key to initiating the full power of the hips.
What the counter-turn will do is initiate your hips. Picture a boxer punching an opponent. When the boxer cocks back to punch, his hips counter-rotate so they can explode out the other side rotationally to deliver a devastating blow. The hips must counter rotate for full rotational energy transfer.
Take a look at the pictures all around. Notice how all four guys are drawing their front knee, hip and shoulder inwards. This is how the rotational energy starts.
Take a look at the picture below and notice just how much Puig counter-turns. His heel is almost facing the pitcher. The power in rotational hitting is all in the hips and all four of these guys understand that fact.
If you do not counter-turn your hips you are loosing close to 30% of your overall power as a hitter.