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Instruction vs Intent Part 2: Uphill vs Downhill Swing Plane

A couple weeks ago I posted an article discussing the advantages/disadvantages of hitting with a closed front side in response to an MLB Network segment where Josh Donaldson explained his philosophy on hitting and swing mechanics. In this second article on the difference between hitting instruction and intent, I would like to tackle one of Donaldson’s other points in the video – that a “downhill” swing plane should never be taught to young hitters and that young players, when told to hit down through the baseball, should ignore their coaches.


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