This week's blog will discuss an often ignored, seldom taught approach to the load and swing. In order to effectively understand and implement the 'running start' one must first view the load and swing as one fluid part. The load will transition into the swing rather than be one static movement, separate from the swing itself.
We want our hitter to be able to load his/her hands into a dynamic position, while transitioning them into the swing. In order to do this, once the barrel of the bat begins moving, it should not stop but rather continue to generate speed during the loading/pitch recognition process. The early momentum from the barrel during the load should smoothly transition into the swing when the hitter commits to the pitch. In doing this, the hitter is generating a 'running start' with his/her barrel, creating bat speed BEFORE committing to swing at the pitch.