Power-hitting coaches will soon be the norm, says Julian Wood

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Wood has joined the Punjab Kings as their power-hitting coach in the Indian Premier League (IPL), bringing with them a decade of research into how batsmen can improve their chances of hitting the ball outside the park.

IPL 2022: Power-hitting coach to be ideal soon, says batting guru Julian Wood

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“The game is changing,” The 53-year-old told Reuters.

“As a coach you have to change with that, and as a player you have to develop if you want to play at the top level.”

By evolving, Wood means four more sixes and sixes, and that’s where the picture of the special power-hitting coach comes in.

“I’ve seen baseball, hurling and tennis and I’ve seen how they hit a ball.” He said.

“I’ve seen their movement and I’ve married it together so you can include it in batting.”

Wood training tools usually include a bungee rope, a harling stick, and sometimes even a claw hammer.

IPL 2022: Power-hitting coach to be ideal soon, says batting guru Julian Wood

The bungee rope attaches the back buttocks of the batter to a pole so that its trunk can be further involved in making shots.

The wood gets the batter to swing the nail hammer to the side with their lower hand so that their wrist cock gets better when hitting the ball.

And ‘Harley’ helps to unlock the power of the batter’s wrist.

“When I looked at Harling, I realized that you have a lot of energy in your wrist that we don’t really use.” Wood explained.

“The harling stick is very thin and light, it encourages them to feel the energy stored in their wrists.”

The Punjab batsmen hit 93 sixes in 14 matches last season but have improved that rate by clearing the ropes 65 times in eight matches this year. They are third in the ball-per-six table.

But could training for limited-overs cricket be a more explosive batter to mess with a Test player’s tactics, which often say more than patience?

IPL 2022: Power-hitting coach to be ideal soon, says batting guru Julian Wood

Wood said the teams will soon have separate red and white ball squads.

“It’s already started … you may have weird guys who can play a bit of everything but these guys are very good, they should be able to adapt.”

With the proliferation of franchise-based cricket, power-hitting coaches could become the norm, he predicted.

“What I have done in the last 10 years is maybe I have seen where the game is going a little earlier than other people. I could see that this was going to happen.

“I think it would be ideal now.” Wood added.

IPL 2022: Power-hitting coach to be ideal soon, says batting guru Julian Wood

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