Make no mistake, hitting a fastpitch softball which can be thrown at speeds topping 75 mph is not an easy feat. Having the right softball bat is an important first step. Next, fine-tuning a player's softball swing to make contact in the sweet spot requires drills and lots of practice, like these:
One of the most important ways to improve your swing is to enhance your ability to track the ball coming toward you. Try having a pitcher stand about 15 feet away and throw either a Frisbee or the lid of a can towards you. Because objects like Frisbees will change direction as they fly, this drill helps you learn eye-hand coordination in tracking an object coming toward your bat.
Hit and Run!
An important part of hitting well is running when you make contact. You want to move smoothly from your swing into a run, so don't forget to do some drills where you drop your softball bat and run toward first base.
Do you have to wait your turn in practice? Use that time to train mentally. Here's how:
One Handed Swinging
Learning how to do a compact swing is important but a regular aluminum or composite bat is too heavy, so use a plastic bat and whiffle balls to try this drill:
While batting cages and hitting drills are helpful, they don't resemble a real-life situation. When you step up to the plate with your favorite Demarini bat at a game, you won't be rushing through 100 or more swings. Instead, you will:
Have the Best Bat for You
The most important tip for that perfect swing?Choose the right softball bat for your weight, height, age, body type, and style of swing. Longstreth Sporting Goods specializes in making sure female athletes have the right equipment to play their best and will be happy to help you equip your female athlete with all she needs to perfect her hitting. Check out the great selection of softball equipment at Longstreth.
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