Batting tips from Jonny Wilkinsons coach

You probably saw the video on Ben Stokes being hit in the knackers during a net this week

 

And then tee off after smashing the bowlers all over the shop

 

But aside from wincing there was something I noticed in the way he was playing his shots that took me back to a presentation that Dave Aldred, Jonny Wilkinsons kicking coach and England and British lions coach, gave

 

Now Im no batting coach at all, but there were big parallels between what he told us about the way he got Wilkinson to kick, and the way Stokes was striking the ball

 

You remember the way Wilkinson used to get in that crouched position when getting ready to kick, with his arms out in front

 

Well the arms were about him imagining that he had a spear in his hands and it was being forced into his stomach

 

This was a simple cus for his to have his core engaged and then when kicking the ball go through it with the body

 

So the leg wasn’t out in front, the head was over the ball and so he was using the whole body instead of just the leg

 

And that’s exactly what I noticed some Stokes hitting

 

He was keeping his head over the ball and down, and going through the ball smoothly

 

And it looked like he was striking them pretty well

 

Its interesting how in 2 different sports you can have the same sort of message, but in the end good technique is good technique

 

How often do you see someone try and over hit the ball, loose all their shape and the ball fly straight up in the air

 

Instead of out the ground

 

So it might be something to think about and try out

 

Here is the video in case you missed it

 

http://www.cricket.com.au/video/ben-stokes-destroys-stumps-low-blow-testicles-balls-england-training-champions-trophy-semi-final/2017-06-14

 

Think differently

 

Dewsy

 

p.s. don’t miss our Nathan Lyon exclusive interview video in the membership site, click here to join today http://cricketstrength.com/membership/