In order to hit the ball higher, you can play it just a little farther forward in your stance. Try to set your wrists a little sooner on your backswing. Make sure you allow your wrists to reset all the way in your followthrough and keep it nice and high.

In the above sentence, how does it differ from just saying keep it high?

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  • This meaning is found in dictionaries; in OALD, for instance, it is sense 2, " used before adjectives or adverbs to emphasize how pleasant something is". – StoneyB Mar 14 '14 at 13:05
  • 'nice' means "the way it should usually and properly be done" – dwilbank Sep 21 '15 at 14:50

It doesn't. The "nice and" just says that the thing (in this case, that the bat stays high during the follow through) is a good, pleasing, comfortable thing. In every usage I can think of, the words 'nice and" can just be mentally deleted without changing the meaning of the line.

(EDITED upon recommendation of StoneyB)

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    Not merely 'good', I think, but 'comfortable' or 'pleasing'. According to COCA, the ten most common adjectives with nice and are easy, warm, clean, quiet, sweet, hot, soft, soft, cool, smooth, neat, fresh. – StoneyB Mar 14 '14 at 13:06
  • Yep, it's a subtle thing, but those words do work better. – Jolenealaska Mar 14 '14 at 13:09
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    Your 2nd and 3rd sentences contradict each other - as you say, "nice and" does convey some meaning. – tog22 Jan 20 '15 at 15:10

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