Comparing Fedor to Bonds

Before believing this to be a nonsense post describing two people who dominated their respective sport, I mean only to point out one concept that these two had in common: a hitch/catch in their swing/punch.

For Fedor, he uses a common Sambo technique known as “casting.”  His loopy, almost sloppy punching method comes from this idea of there being a catch in his swing, where he loads up his punch.  For Bonds, the “hitch” in his swing is where he generates much of his power.  Essentially, that hitch is where the bat has to catch up with his hands; a batter’s hands drop when they coil up to swing, before the bat starts on its path to the baseball.

Using my basic knowledge of physics and help from the Google, let me explain why these two gentlemen implement this technique.  The principle behind having said hitch/catch is to generate more torque with your body, which in turn, produces a faster punch/bat.  By loading a swing or punch far back, you allow a greater distance to accelerate the bat or fist.

In most instruction circles, these loading methods (so to speak) are heavily frowned upon.  The interesting part is that both of them have nearly the same critique:

  • They are rarely accurate.
  • They require very good and precise timing.

Guys like Adam Dunn and Marcus Davis have had some success with these methods, but come up short.  Perhaps, this is the case of outliers; it’s only effective for those very few.

For video evidence of this phenomenon, I’ve sliced together four videos clips:

  1. Fedor’s knockout of Brett Rogers.
  2. Fedor’s flurry that led to a rear naked choke on Tim Sylvia.
  3. A Bonds’ swing from early on.
  4. Bonds’ home run, record-breaking at-bat.

Focus on the hitch with Bonds’ and the catch with Fedor.  I know it’s hard what with all their greatness, but you’ll see it.

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James

I am Director of Data Science at Two Six Capital, Co-Founder of Krossover, Ph.D in Stats from Wharton and a proud Savannah-ian.

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