Remember when dealing with Linear and Rotational mechanics the only part we are concerned with is the forward swing. The load and stride do not establish whether or not a swing is Linear or Rotational.
If you look at linear hitters (Luzinski, Thurston) and rotational hitters (Pujols, Griffey, Jones) you will notice when their front heel lands all of them are in the same position, (shoulders closed, front foot slightly open, front knee bent, hands back, weight pretty even on both feet) it is what happens next the differentiates the two philosophies.The only part that deals with these two philosophies is the the forward swing. This means when the front heel hits what does the hitter do?Simplified explanations:
If he lands and then slides his hips forward, throws his knob at the ball, and swings down on the ball he is a linear hitter, and thus does not have the bat on plane with the ball very long at all and the arms will be disconnected at contact. Power V (or better said Un power V or Roll over V)Examples: (Joe Thurston, Luzinski)
If the hitter lands, slots the elbow, and lets the rotation of the hips propel his swing through the strike zone he is a rotational hitter. This allows the hitter to stay on plane with the ball as long as possible, and keeps the hitter connected for the longest period of time. (Power L) Examples (every great hitter throughout history, with the exception of Ichiro) Seriously (Ruth, Griffey Jr, Gwynn, Bonds, Pujols, Williams, Chipper Jones, Evan Longoria, Big Papi, etc...)
Please notice the difference in the point of contact for both of these hitters.
Also, the earlier a hitter slots the back elbow the longer the area of impact will be for that hitter assuming they continue their rotation throughout the entire swing.