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Question: Wouldn't starting in an open stance and landing to an open position give a better chance to clear the hips? It would only be logical to think square or closed stance you have to make an additional move to open your hips, but with an open stance you would stride slightly towards the plate with your open foot and hips...but let's not bring in torque and the front shoulder. That's a game changer, or is it?
I agree with you in part with a new player to the game in that they should have a starting point. Once they learn to hit, have good mechanics, then they can experiment with what they like and feel comfortable with and lord knows their stance will change multiple times throughout their career.
Reminds me of a line from My Cousin Vinny, slightly altered..."almost IDENTICAL"!
I certainly agree the technique of a fat pitch and baseball swing are similar and even more than just slightly similar...minus slappers. Reaction times are about the same in fastpitch as in baseball from a higher level perspective. Both swings and maybe it is time we stop referring to them differently, require either being really short to the ball or starting your pre-swing movements earlier in order to compensate for a little longer swing or slower stride...interesting.
Low hands, hitches, open-closed-neutral, etc are just players style and they differ form player to player and sometimes year to year for the same player.