Linear Versus Rotational there are two hitting systems taught in youth baseball: Linear an Rotational. Each has its own set of rules and guidelines that govern their movement. Because they are distinctly different systems, they should not be mixed or combined. The Difference: the rotational hitter weight-shifts, or strides, to a balance point and then immediately rotates around a stationary axis. In contrast, the linear hitter weight shifts from the back leg to the front leg in one continuous motion. As a result, rotational hitters stay back and linear hitters move forward. The two systems do share one common movement : the weight shift or stride. In linear hitting, the hitter's weight begins coming forward in the stride and continues forward in a back-to-front progression, sliding through contact and follow through. In short, the hitters weight transfer is one continuous forward movement from back leg to forward leg. In the rotational hitting system, there is also a weight-transfer forward in the stride. The take-off begins when the hitters front heel drops to trigger the swing and the front leg braces. At this pivotal point, the hitters front side is blocked and all linear movement becomes rotational power. Body momentum now revolves around a stationary axis, preventing any further forward weight transfer.
Historically, linear hitters have been singles/contact hitters and rotational hitters have been line drive/gap and power hitters. In other words, linear hitters are "the table setters" and rotational hitters are the run producers.
Rotational hitting is a biomechanically correct sequence of movements designed to hit a ball hard. Its effectiveness relies on the kinetic energy developed through effective lower body engagement at foot strike, the separation of the upper body and lower torso, the effective transfer of momentum through the arms and into the bat at ball contact. This concept is supported by indisputable scientific fact.
In summary, rotational hitting is a finely honed system of pulleys and levers that invoke the equal and opposite principles of physics that maximize the upward transfer of kinetic energy. It is the only hitting technique capable of delivering and optimizing high kinetic energy, and is the primary reason why it has been used over the past century by the overwhelming majority of baseball hitters
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