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    Who do you think have the best college softball swings recently? Who do you think are the best college hitters recently? Is it always the best swings who are the best hitters? I'm not talking about slappers or bunters, I'm asking about hitting for average and power. Could you post videos of the swings? As Yogi or somebody said, "you can see a lot by observing".
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    Model swings
    Take a look at this thread. It may take you awhile alot of swings.
    Locate the ball, get the barrel going and start directing it to the ball at the same time.

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    Try to pick a few you really like and see what they have in common


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    Throwing motion
    Tuck the glove hand,
    release across your body

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    Most of the SEC teams. Gators and Bama are two good ones to start with.

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    This is a good topic. I'd love to see swings that people really like and why. ...

    I notice that I tend to like the Alabama hitters. That's just coincidental to their recent success. I would've said them anyhow. Now if someone can help me show this video instead of link it, I'll post another one.

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    I also notice that certain teams have a hitting style. Alabama players tend to get a lot of 'stretch-and-fire'. They are good models for that and loading the hands. Georgia players (at least a couple of them, if not more) bring their front foot back toward the back foot during the stride and wind up with an unusually long stride. Looking at clips that FFS posted, I noticed three Georgia players striding this way - Schlopy, Hesson, Wiggins. Not that I'd recommend this stride, but those three hit good enough to play in the pro league.

    http://i40.tinypic.com/34qr4ic.gif
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoogansBluff View Post
    Now if someone can help me show this video instead of link it, I'll post another one.
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    Locate the ball, get the barrel going and start directing it to the ball at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoogansBluff View Post
    I also notice that certain teams have a hitting style. Alabama players tend to get a lot of 'stretch-and-fire'. They are good models for that and loading the hands. Georgia players (at least a couple of them, if not more) bring their front foot back toward the back foot during the stride and wind up with an unusually long stride. Looking at clips that FFS posted, I noticed three Georgia players striding this way - Schlopy, Hesson, Wiggins. Not that I'd recommend this stride, but those three hit good enough to play in the pro league.

    http://i40.tinypic.com/34qr4ic.gif
    ^^^^^I find this curious. Why does this player start with such a wide stance if she pulls back to load the back leg? In fact if you look closely, her stance is wider than where she ends up in her step to swing. Wasted energy IMO. Why set up so wide when you will pull back to stride like that? I'm trying to narrow my DD's stance because she pulls her front leg back to load as well. I'd like for her to start with a lazier, more comfortable looking, but dynamic stance like Ruth or Ichiro to eliminate the waste. Sorry for the tangent.

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    Vdubya, I have to disagree with your theory. The better hitters in softball have a wider stance. I'm going to make some people real mad, but Babe Ruth played in a different era and couldn't compete with players now a days. IMO

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