Brian wrote:amateur hitting coaches assemble! IT'S JASON HEYWARD SWING WATCH '18! Back with more short internet clips to obsess over
This isn't the best way to observe any changes (if he's made any to his swing). I mean it looks pretty similar to me. I hope Chili Davis can work some magic on his swing.
I always thought his swing (during his time on the Cubs) is too dependent on just arm strength and just utilizing his arms. He isn't using his wrists enough to rotate and square up with the ball. The path of his swing is also not great when/if you watch it in slow-motion. He also has problems with his front side opening up, and his weight distribution is also messed up on many of his swings. He relies too much on just using his arms and upper-body strength in his swings. I wanted to make a post about this during the season, but was too lazy and he honestly was hitting decently at the beginning of the year. I never believed in his early performance, and thought he would struggle again because the swing is still messed up. I mentioned all that in this thread. Again, I'm not an expert on swing mechanics so I can't break it down scientifically and tell you everything that is wrong with his swing. I've just watched a lot of baseball like most everyone here. My observations:
Like I said, his right arm is locked up and way too straight. So many of his swings look like this from the sideview. It's not the worst swing ever, but it's not ideal.
I believe he's late on this one, and again his arms are too straight (especially his right arm).
He looks like this so often when he's swinging from the sideview. Again, just swinging with his arms and his timing is often off as well. If you watch other hitters you really start to notice how rigid his arms are, and how little he utilizes his wrists.
Finally, I found a swing from his days in Atlanta, and this one looks a lot better. It also looks pretty different from the other swings. His right arm isn't straight and "locked in" and he has a better angle to the ball in this swing.
I had other pics that show the same flaws, but what's the point? Again, I'm not a swing mechanics expert and his swing does look okay occasionally when he times it right. I have no idea how the Cubs intend to fix him, but I hope he works hard and makes some positive changes to his swing. Sorry about the long post lol.
"It was met with, basically, he didn't want to talk about that. He didn't want me to tell him that. I just basically said, 'Well that's why we want an electronic strike zone.'" -- Ben Zobrist