RH, you wrote ... "So another question for FFS. Would you best describe the softball swing as releasing from the top or hold off (lag) the releasing?"I was not suggesting golf swing is the same as softball swing!! That's why I used BTW. The only thing they have in common is that the core/torso is the main engine. I would never promote bat drag but I am ok with a little club drag and even in golf it can be over done.
FFS would you please answer my questions? I am not asking you because I want to argue but because I value you thoughts.
I am not certain of what you mean by "releasing from the top".
IMO one does not attempt to 'hold' lag ... but to get rid of lag as quickly as possible.
In terms of tension, I think it would help if you thought of the 'wrists'. One should initially have relatively loose wrists ... on a scale of 1-to-10, with 10 being stiff, the tension level in the wrists would be somewhere between 2-to-4. Many of my hitters waggle the barrel to get their wrist tension dialed down. At swing initiation the wrists will initially stiffen and then quickly dial back down to the tension level that you initially established. The pre-set tension level is important in this regard.
One should be 'releasing' into and through impact. You have heard pros such as Bonds speak of 'catching' the ball with their barrel ... imo their use of the word 'catch' is similar to what I describe as 'release'. Going into impact you have done what you needed to develop barrel speed ... the notion at impact should be to let the barrel do the work ... there should be no additional 'pushing' through impact imo ... it will pay dividends going through impact if you initially set the wrist tension level low.