Softball hitting is the most crucial part of the sport. One has to make sure that they have enough skill to get on the base. Hitting the ball ensures that you are able to produce runs for the team. A lot of hitting coaches will tell their players that it is an essential technique which is true.
Below are some insights on proper hitting technique. We will also give you a brief softball guide.
- GRIP - the most common mistake is the proper application of pressure. You should use your fingers and not your palms when your grip the bat. Your top hand will support the bat and the bottom hand controls the bat.
- HAND POSITION – start with your hands close to your body. It should be three to four inches from your chest and between your shoulders. Your shoulders should be free from tension and your elbows are down.
- SWING - it will start with your legs and hips. Your shoulders and hands will stay back. A swing happens fast so most observers will not notice what is involved in a softball swing. The hitter will push off the ball using the back foot. As your knee starts to move, your hips will start to rotate.
- CONTACT – at this moment, your swing is almost complete. You can now make contact to the ball when it is in front of the home plate. Your arms are thrown forward at this point until it reaches your belly button. Let your bottom hand do all the work and lead your hands through the zone.
- FOLLOW-THROUGH – it doesn’t ends when the bat makes contact with the ball. You have to swing all the way through. Allow your arms to extend and your wrist to roll over after making the contact. You should end the swing with your arms near the front of the shoulder
You will grip the bat as if you are gripping a hammer. Place your top hand against your bottom hand. Make sure that your arms are not crossed. Grip the bat loosely and ensure the wrist has full flexibility. Some hitters prefer to curl the index finger of their top hand.
To have better control on the softball bat, move both of your hands several inches up from the knob. This is called the choke grip but this means less power and shorter bat for hitters.
Other players like to have a little movement back and forth with their hands and shoulders. They do this to keep their shoulders loose. This is called the power alley or the power position.
Your hips should remain parallel to the ground during rotation. Make sure that your head and eyes also remain level during the movements of your legs and hips. When your hand starts to move the knob of the bat, do not allow the bat head to fall below your hands. Maintain the 90 degree angle.
There are two types of swing, the linear swing and the rotational swing technique. One should understand the differences between these two techniques. This will help them advance to the next level of their play.
You reached your contact point if the palm of your bottom hand is facing the ground. The palm of your top hand should be facing the sky. Stay patient and wait for the ball to come. Understand where to make contact with various pitches to hit the ball hard.
After you finish the swing, make sure your front foot is open at 45 degree angle. Keep your weight on your back side. The front leg is lock and the back leg bent. Remain focus on your contact with the ball and do not follow the hit.
Practice more often and have someone throw to you. Be selective and always go for strikes. Do not expect the ball as you should always be ready to hit every pitch. Do it with a confident attitude. In time you will be able to execute other hitting and softball techniques.