Online Profile: Jack Woodiwiss
Doncaster Town CC
Feeds focusing on full'ish length balls to analyse positions Jack was getting into and how close he was getting to the ball.
Jack was keen to get his hands through the ball but began by creating a falling affect towards the ball (can happen when head leans towards the ball but front foot gets stuck beneath having not got a good stride in) and as such tended to be off balance at contact. Can generate more power from the ground all the way up by creating a strong base but requires a sub conscious effort to manouvre front foot towards and close to the ball (eyes and hands are more natural, auto response type movements at his age).
Covered some back foot towards the end of the session from the sidearm and Jack coped well. Establishing some good positions and getting 'in behind' balls well footwork back and across nicely. To balls off-stump and just outside try to remain as side on as possible to allow hands and the bat to flow freely through the ball (pulling front foot/leg in the opposite direction will square shoulders up meaning options are more limited/restricted if the ball were to move, and encourage hands to pull towards mid-wicket angle, slicing across the ball on contact).
Pulled the ball well from under arm feeds to end the session, reminded to be careful trying to 'over hit' the ball and going off balance falling backwards, but tended to time the ball extremely well and managed to control, staying on top of the ball well.
Opportunities for improvement:
- Slightly more separation between feet in stance, which can lend itself to a more purposeful stride when playing front foot
- Manage head position in setup and initial movement on ball release. Be careful leaning off side which can then encourage 'planting' front foot and subsequently playing away from the body to balls comfortably outside the off stump and potentially across the line to straight'ish balls trying to work leg-side. Consideration to possibly open front foot up to RA over the wicket bowlers just a few degrees to benefit head position, without sacrificing anything outside off-stump.
- When playing front foot aim to setup a good, comfortable yet purposeful stride towards the ball (get feet going - not just eyes focusing on the ball & hands following). Closer to the ball = Higher percentage of balls hit & hit well