Do you make mistakes with your batting trigger move? | Cricket coaching, fitness and tips

Do you make mistakes with your batting trigger move?

This is part 3 of a 3 part series on trigger moves by Gary Palmer. To go to part 1 click here, to go to part 2 click here

In this free video Gary Palmer shows you The common mistakes batsmen make when making a trigger move. Get it wrong and you can end up in a poor position that is more likely to get you out.

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Great matter shown and dicussed here... But I personally have trigger movement of front and across by which i mean i go go forward with my front fot and the just across with ack foot very much like Sachin Tendulkar used to in his 20's and early 30's. So is there anything wrong with it because I dont see Sachin do it now but is that cauz of is age. Also according to me its more to do with your eyes and hands than any trigger movements but obviously you have to move you feet to th ball but it comes after eyes and hands. I might be wrong here but I have noticed players nowadays trust their eyes and hands more than any trigger movements. So please clear my queris Gary and David....
Many thanks!!!

Gary talks about that in the video Vibhor, what do you think of what he says?

Hi David, Gary is talking about going across and forward but I m talking about forward and then deciding on whether to be on front foot or going back....I m reaaly confused as I hear all these internationals and even first class players talking about being still and relaxed.. I think I m most probably going to try what works for me as I m looking to press forward for Middlesex next season so I gotta work out very quickly. And for this reason i was bringing this question to you and gary.

Aren't you setting up yourself for a plumb LBW if you're not able to come forward in time and miss a full delivery. You might not be able to come forward if the delivery is good length and you'r fraction late is judging it.

Not if your weight is evenly evenly distributed at the point of delivery. It's all about timing the movement to perfection.

I think Its simple very simple than all the stuff said about trigger movements and other components because look at sehwag - "See the bloody and bloody hit It". How abou that? And ye i m in for crap like not everyone is like sehwag. Just learn from it..

If it was that simple we would all be out of a job as coaches.

Even Sehwag has coaches and has had coaches but that doesnt mean it is not simple and the coaches could try to make it as complicated as possible but no one can change the simplicity of batting and the game of cricket in general. Yes i do agree coaches are there to mould and shape a player but not to complicate things. With all due respect to you and other coaches I still standby the fact that specifically batting is all about connecting it with the bat no matter how you do it. Obviously there will be days for every player when nothing works but that doesnt mean they are wrong. Also all of of us do need coaches like you and Gary to guide us through the stages of cricket and then working on things like pressure situations and nerves which i think are more important than our discussion here.

I think it's more like what Einstein said: "Keep things as simple as possible, but no simpler." Sometimes you have to be complex to acheive simplicity. Look at a car, a very complex machine that works with elegant simplicity. I think of batting technique in the same way.

That's really handy. I'm not sure if I was doing it incorrectly before but with those errors in mind my foot movement and balance has been a lot better, so I probably was!

Much like Michael Vaughan and Ricky Ponting, my trigger movement is a little step forward (with my front foot on the balls and pointing forward), then my back foot goes back and across (also pointing forward) and it usually lines up with off stump or somewhere close (this allows me to know where off stump). i like this trigger because first and foremost it comes naturally, but also allows me to swing the bat in a straight line (feet pointed forward), you also arent closed off, if its a short ball you can easily hop on the back foot, and allows for optimal balance. the only down side is early in your innings when you arent yet seeing the ball, you are prone to LBWs (but as you settle in, this goes away). so if the traditional "back and across movement isnt working, try this one out

Thats exactly what i said to David but he wasnt agreeing with me. Its exactly the same movement i do like Sachin does and pointing too. I mean even back and across movement can lead to early lbw knock offs. But its what suits you best and try to keep it simple rather than making it complex. Thanks Boston

well vibhor, i dont think theres a way to really agree which trigger movement is right because its too open to speculation i think the most important thing about trigger movements is do what feels right and natural for YOU. ive had this trigger movement since ive picked up the bat... and i think people go wrong when they start adjusting their triggers to match that of their fav players, instead of relaxing and watching the ball.

Sachin stays still, Ponting's trigger movement is weight onto front foot with a press and at the same time the bat comes up, he then moves from there....