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    Meaning of the word timing

    Whenever I watch cricket I hear the expression "that was well timed" or "great timing" frequently. And often excessively - it seems like any miss hit is put down to poor timing and any good shot is due to good timing.

    My definition of well timed - is a shot that is hit at precisely the right moment. With front foot drives this should be when the ball is just past your heel of your front foot.

    A miss hit where you have hit the ball with the outside half of your bat has nothing to do with timing IMHO.

    And I would also not call a shot where you have used poor technique and not held your form and shape properly poor timing. That is just a poor shot.

    How do you understand the term timing?
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    I always interpreted it as hitting the perfect sweet spot of the bat.
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    Pretty much as Jager. 'Timing' might be a misnomer, but I take it as meaning a perfect, 'sexy' shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    I always interpreted it as hitting the perfect sweet spot of the bat.
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    Pretty much as Jager. 'Timing' might be a misnomer, but I take it as meaning a perfect, 'sexy' shot.

    I suggest these are modern interpretations of the original intent of the word. I suspect, but can't prove, that the original intent of the word was to suggest the moment the ball was hit rather than how sexy your shot is.

    A well timed shot will always look sexy because it should go a long way with minimal effort.

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    hitting the middle of the bat helps. look at the slow mo cams when someone really mistimes one

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    Yeah, it basically means how well you hit the ball in the middle of the bat. I mean, there's time where guys hit the ball just over the head of a man in the ring, they don't want to hit it in the air, but it gets over because "they timed it well enough". It's a bit of a misnomer really.

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    There's more to timing than 'to hit the sweet spot of the bat' IMO.

    Think of the differnce between a front-foot straight drive, and a forward defense. In the first one, the bat is in motion while the ball hits the sweet spot. In the other one, the bat might be static. You may have taken your pose by the time the ball comes and hits your bat, and it's a perfectly legit forward defense - but that can't be the case for a good straight drive.
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    Late cuts don't hit the middle of the bat do they? Timing, to me, is more about intercepting the ball at the correct instant so as to utilize its speed and height to impart maximum velocity to your strokes. That, and the middle of the bat while playing in the general V of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arachnodouche View Post
    Late cuts don't hit the middle of the bat do they? Timing, to me, is more about intercepting the ball at the correct instant so as to utilize its speed and height to impart maximum velocity to your strokes. That, and the middle of the bat while playing in the general V of course.
    I like this answer - and it is closer to the truth - but I think it is about intercepting the ball at the point where your weight transfer and arc of the bat and acceleration on the down swing is at its optimum.

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    tim·ing/ˈtīmiNG/
    Noun:

    The choice, judgment, or control of when something should be done: "one of the secrets of golf is good timing".
    A particular point or period of time when something happens.

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    Is timing only restricted to the batsman?
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