The first question you have to ask is what sport are you talking about? To mention a few: Tennis? Hockey? Baseball? Golf?
We’d like to discuss two types of swings.
One, hitting a moving object, like a baseball. Second, hitting a stationary object, like a golf ball. You can be successful in both sports with different swings in each.
In professional baseball, the following swings vary greatly, but all players are considered successful in the sport.
Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners swings and starts running to first base at the same time.
Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals almost looks like he is sitting in a chair while batting, but still, hits with great power.
Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees looks like he works very hard to get his chest square to the pitcher while hitting; which emphasizes a strong shoulder turn
In professional golf, swings can vary greatly and still be successful. Lee Trevino hits the golf ball left to right (fade) the majority of the time. Kenny Perry plays the ball right to the left (draw) the majority of the time.
Jim Thorpe of the Champions (Senior) Tour has a very big looping golf swing and looks like he could go bear hunting with a switch.
Jim Furyk has a very strange backswing. He is more concerned about getting the club head to the correct hitting position at the top of the backswing than how it looks or gets there.
All the golfers above have been or are now considered successful.
The baseball batter does not know where he will contact the ball because of its movement. He may try to get his body and moving parts into a certain place or position to hit the ball to a designated area. But he can only guess the balls’ speed, location, and movement.
It is the placement and movement of the hips during the hitter’s contact with the ball that differs greatly in hitting a moving or stationary object with accuracy and authority. You must also have to remember the hip griddle muscles are the largest in the human body.
The aiming process for hitting a stationary ball is one of the main reasons the two swings vary. Before hitting a golf ball, a player places the ball on the ground depending on how and what direction he wishes to make the ball travel.
The distance from the body may vary. The ball may vary in relation to the front and back foot. The alignment of the body and feet to the target line may vary.
The hands and face of the club head are selected to the target line before swinging. But the golfer is now ready to hit a successful golf shot.
When you change from a moving object sport (baseball) to a stationary object (golf) you have to remember good transfer results do not happen all at once. Also, that you are no Tiger Woods and you will not be able to hit a golf ball 350 yards.
As golf is becoming more important to high school and college programs, coaches, players, and athletic directors are using golf tournaments as money makers to support their programs.
They have some idea why they do not hit the golf ball as well as they used to. It could be because they are not controlling their hip movement properly. They must rotate their hips as if they were in a barrel and should not allow themselves to move forward or backward.
They should finish the golf swing with the belly button facing the intended target.
One other point about why we are showing why a golf school or baseball program should not teach only one way of swinging, may it be baseball or golf. Remember, all swings have certain strong points and weaknesses.
Good luck with your programs, but remember that we have not even discussed emotional, mental, and rhythmic elements of a successful swing–either in golf or baseball.