Squishing The Bug
Some people believe that it is important that hitters be on
the ball of their feet at the Point Of Contact. This is variously
known and taught as "squishing the bug", "squish the bug",
"squashing the bug", and "squash the bug". Proponents of this
idea includes some
people who instruct at the major league level.
this isn't what the best hitters do.
As the photos
at the Point Of Contact the best hitters are
either on the point of their back toes at the Point Of Contact or
their back toes are completely off the ground.
Albert Pujols Not Squishing the Bug
So why do people advocate squishing the
bug if it isn't what the best hitters do?
Some people advocate squishing the bug
because they don't look at high speed video. If you look at a
swing with the naked eye or just look at random still photos,
you will see something that looks like squishing the bug.
However, if you go through video frame by
frame, you will see that this "squishing the bug"
happens well after the Point Of Contact and as the result
of the hitter's Center Of Mass rebounding off of their front leg.
Others advocate squishing the bug as an
interim cue; as a way of introducing the concept of hip rotation.
I understand the logic of this, but don't think it's necessary. In
my experience, even the youngest hitters can achieve proper hip
rotation and don't need to use squishing the bug as an interim
Back Toe Completely Off The Ground
Below are a number of photos of hitters whose back toes are
completely off the ground at the Point Of Contact.
On Point Of Back Toe
Below are a number of photos of hitters who are on the point
of their back toes the Point Of Contact.