Hitter/swinger has never been discussed here nor have any references here pointed to patterns of shaft loading for definition. Rather they have related to trail side (hitter) vs non-trail side power source. That is also the terminology as applied in other SA discussions like the ones I pointed out for Ask Scott.
Shaft loading profiles are not the type of thing that can be determined by eye. True Temper has methodologies that determine the loading profile but it is clear there can be accelerating loading even in a one armed golf swing where the one arm is used as the 'lead' arm so referring to such as 'hitter' is misleading at best.
Yes I am skeptical about inferring power source based on what a golfer says/the way people interpret what they say. Ben Hogan has a famous quote that implies a strong trail side 'hit' as his source of power but examination of his swing shows clearly that the way most interpret that statement is not correct. There has been research done to look for the 'hit' in a golf swing (yet another reference defining 'hit' as trail side application of force) and it found that none of the pros examined exhibited such however their results are completely consistent with video of Hogan's swing.
If you are going to continue to use your particular definition of 'hitter' and 'swinger' I suggest you explain them each time as there are MANY posts here discussing this topic but with the standard definitions.
This message has been edited by sagf_moderator on Jun 10, 2010 3:29 PM