Originally Posted by ntnBO
If you're in the batter's box facing an upcoming fastball, at the moment of impact are you thinking about some technical aspect of your swing? No, you are simply reacting to the ball while subconsciously applying the technical aspects you have worked on in practice. And this applies to both major leaguers and little leaguers. It's the same in golf. You work on the technical aspects in practice, you simply react on the course.
And this is the same for all regardless of talent level.
In baseball you are hitting a moving target.
You also do not get to dictate the pace of your swing. And if you don't have swing thoughts prior to a pitch you are losing an edge. Anticipating the pitch to be thrown and the location prior to the pitch is helpful if you understand pitching as well. But yeah once the pitch is thrown you are reacting because the ball is moving.
In golf the ball is sitting there.
Anyway as a hack my thoughts are basically "quiet, balanced lower body. Tuck right elbow. Full shoulder turn." Then from the top of the swing down I just try to make an athletic swing and hit down on the ball.