Originally Posted by iacas
It doesn't change this simple fact: baseball hitters don't move their weight forward anywhere near like a golfer does. Many if not most have the majority of their weight on their back foot.
I agree. But their weight is still almost always back of center. Find pictures at impact of hitters from FO where their weight is clearly forward of center, let alone 75%+ forward as with many golfers? (75% weight forward can produce 90-95% pressure forward).
I agree. I am not saying weight is forward in the golf sense in a baseball swing. I am saying that a good contact instructor teaches a weight transfer on the stride and the upper body staying over the lower. However, the overall weight at contact may still be on the back foot. So its more like your center of gravity moving forward. An ideal contact swing is: stride with weight going forward, hips turning, right elbow down, and then swing down on the ball. Its difficult to explain because we here are used to using these same terms in regards to golf. There is a weight transfer in baseball, but it looks nothing like weight transfer in golf. At contact weight can be on the back foot, but your entire center of gravity shifted forward. Its like you are pushing off of that back foot to move forward.
Now, you have to account for the pitch (type, location, speed) which often results in actual swings looking way different than ideal. In a hitting clinic where you hit off a tee and work on the motions you are taught weight transfer, center of gravity moving forward (not falling away), right elbow, ,and cutting down into the ball.
Strength vs swing speed: Was referring to an old way of describing two different power swings. Its the difference between a McGwire vs Griffey swing. McGwire muscled the ball over while Griffey simply had a fast swing that produced power. Their swings (at times) look completely different in regards to weight and positioning. Again, I am not disagreeing with what you said or saying that weight is forward. The weight is backwards at contact in both swings for McGwire and Griffey. There are others though like Frank Thomas and Bryce Harper who are completely off the back foot at contact and sometimes well into the follow through.