I saw a 12-year-old hit a 300-foot home run today. All he did was lift his heel and put it back down. He hit a 220-foot homer, too.
The no-stride is a tool. It's a drill for hitters who are too active with body parts in a variety of ways. Rarely should a hitter use it as a permanent hitting style. A lot of the guys who give lessons use it because they are working in cages and a hitter can make contact and look reasonably good doing it. With hitting in to nets, kids think they are doing well but they are just cage hitters. Not really able to drive the ball past fielders. So it's ok to use for awhile if necessary but it's not a long term style. Some guys might use it with 2 strikes I guess.
mud, the real difference in those 2 swings is that the shift and swing person actually clears his front hip slightly as his front foot touches. This 'hip clear' allows the hips to rotate faster (they are rotating around the center) vs. a gate swing (rotating twice as far around the front hip).
So, I agree... the swing on the right is best, but, I'm not convinced they are 'shifting then swinging'.
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The batter on the left pulls back and pauses. The batter of the right pulls back continuously and the rotates around the rear hip and then releases everything at "go".
The post says they are the same batter. If that's the case, I'd just say that are at different stages of development.
On the right, you can see his hip move toward the pitcher, before it rotates back around the rear pivot.
Last edited by CircleChange11; 07-07-2012 at 08:10 PM.