"Is softball hitting and baseball hitting different? I keep hearing they're different."
In about 1993 I had worked with a number of softball players. Several were playing at KU, one was playing at Nebraska, one was playing at Oklahoma, one was playing at the University of Arkansas. There were also a good number playing locally and nationally at smaller schools.
This question arose at a time when softball academies were opening up and competing with the baseball academies for softball players. It just did't make sense to me. I'd been hitting with successful girls for years and was interested to find out if this was all just marketing.
After I'd fielded and listened to the "debate" far too long, I picked up the phone and called every softball coach in the Big 12. Every single one said almost the exact same thing.
The calls went like this:
“Hello, my name is Ken Carswell. I’ve worked with (girls names) in your program and I’m working with others. Can you help me? I’m really tired of dealing with this.”
"The baseball swing and the softball swing are the same swing."
"...the only difference is a baseball player will never have to hit a ball traveling up through the strike zone. (.)" That is a matter of adjustment and training.
It's too bad we even had to talk about it, but fast forward from 1993 to 2019. In 2019 took the opportunity to have extended conversations with Patrick Murphy (University of Alabama Head Coach) and Danielle Zymkowitz (Associate Head Coach University of Wisconsin).
Both coaches, among many others maintained the same approach to hitting had their predecessors AND both coaches among many other NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA softball coaches have concurred the the patented KC Hitter methodology is something they try to apply as often as they can.