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Consider the words of these Major League Players which can be found on Fangraphs-

Bryce Harper: “If you look at the best swings in baseball, it’s through the baseball as long as you can.”

J.D. Martinez: “I used to always think ‘hit down on the baseball’ and after studying everyone’s swings, I changed that, because that’s not what other people are doing. They’re doing what feels like an uppercut.” ...

Brandon Moss: “Don’t chop wood. Terrible. It’s a short swing, but it’s a swing that takes absolute perfect timing. You have to be so precise. If you don’t hit it right, you clip it. It’s on the ground, or it’s a foul out, or it’s a backspun fly ball which goes nowhere. Match your shoulders and your hips with the barrel of the bat.”

Josh Donaldson: “Depending on the angle of the pitches, it’s going to change the angle of how my body is going to be at impact. If I’m hitting a low pitch, to get it in the zone, I’m going to [have a lower back shoulder], and I’m going to be into my legs and matching it with my lower half.”…

From the Fangraphs article “Hitters: Quit Chopping Wood, Don’t Go for Backspin

Consistent Contact

No matter what level of ball, baseball or softball, the best swing is slightly up, or in another view, level to pitch. Mathematically, it provides the hitter with the greatest chance of making solid contact. But don’t take our word for it. Consider this famous graphic.

In picture format what Moss and Donaldson have described in the article-