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    Just as the topic, what is weight shift to you? What role does it play in the swing?
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    It's the movement of weight from one place to another. In the swing, it's a shift against the rear side (felt by increased pressure against the ground in the rear foot), followed by a shift against the front side (felt by increased pressure against the ground in the front foot).

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    "My weight is my left (rear) foot, as I start swinging, my weight shifts to my right (lead) foot at the time of contact with the ball." - Babe Ruth
    The swing shifts/transfers the weight from the rear side to the front side. Some will say shift/transfer the weight from the rear side to the middle.

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    How "middle" is defined makes a big difference.

    In the Pujols example, his torso remains in the middle (roughly centered between his feet), but the rear foot getting fully unweighted indicates that there is a shift to the front side.
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    I would add one more thing. It is the resistance on the back side versus the front and the battle between the top and bottom. That resistance has to give ground some way and the result is the weight shift. Notice the back knee in Pujol's swing. Notice the back hip straightening the front knee. Thus the weight shift. I would add one more thing in mentioning the rolling over on that front foot as that shift happens. I hope that this makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
    How "middle" is defined makes a big difference.

    In the Pujols example, his torso remains in the middle (roughly centered between his feet), but the rear foot getting fully unweighted indicates that there is a shift to the front side.
    I respectfully disagree on the ''rear foot getting unweighted'' and all the weight shifting to the front side. I'm more of the weight shifting to/towards the middle during the swing. Again JMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdbass View Post
    The swing shifts/transfers the weight from the rear side to the front side. Some will say shift/transfer the weight from the rear side to the middle.

    Pujols starts in the launch position. Doesn't really have to go anywhere accept to to finish off the load a little, a little coil to finish it off.

    I like the back to center idea.

    Does anyone think the weight shift happens before the swing? As in it's part of forward by turning or to finish of the coil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    Pujols starts in the launch position. Doesn't really have to go anywhere accept to to finish off the load a little, a little coil to finish it off.

    I like the back to center idea.

    Does anyone think the weight shift happens before the swing? As in it's part of forward by turning or to finish of the coil?
    I'll respectfully disagree with this:
    Pujols starts in the launch position
    I might say in a 'pre-coil' position(lower). I wouldn't say Pujols 'starts in a launch position'.
    Doesn't really have to go anywhere accept to to finish off the load a little, a little coil to finish it off
    I think Pujols has 'some where more to go' with his load then to 'finish'. Again JMHO.
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    Does anyone think the weight shift happens before the swing?
    =Shift THEN Swing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    Does anyone think the weight shift happens before the swing?
    I prefer to think about weight shifting 'during' the swing. However, if the hitter is fooled....
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