Spend twice as much time on your hittingas you do on your defense. Hitting is atough skill to learn, refine and master. It...
Select the heaviest bat you canswing without losing bat speedor developing faulty mechanics.This will give you maximumpowe...
Hold the bat with your fingers. You have considerably more strength and control with your fingers rather than your palms.S...
Adjust your placement in the box according tothe type of pitcher you are facing. Forexample, move up in the box when facin...
Don’t change your swing right before theseason or during the season. A new swingtakes too much time to learn. You can make...
Stay loose at the plate. Tensedmuscles are slow muscles andto be successful at the plate,you need to be quick. Relaxedmusc...
Make each swing count. You shouldn’t beswinging just for the sake of swinging. Eachswing should have a specific goal wheth...
Don’t focus on your batting average buton your on-base percentage. This is amuch better indication of your overallperforma...
Go from soft to hard focus. Before a pitch, watch the whole        Hitting Tipspitcher and don’t focus on a specific area ...
Learn to hit according to the location of theball. If the ball is outside, go with it and drive itto opposite field. If it...
Focus on hitting linedrives. Line drives will getyou a base hit 84% of thetime vs. 42% for groundballs and 24% for fly bal...
Train your eyes. Improve your trackingability by watching pitches from thehitter’s perspective when pitchers areworking on...
Master the short game. Being ableto sacrifice, drag or slap in additionof hitting away is a tremendousadvantage. When you ...
Be aggressive but selective. Assume that everypitch is your pitch. The key is to be ready tocapitalize on any pitcher’s mi...
Hit behind the runner. The ability to hit theball on the ground to the right side of theinfield with runners on second or ...
Spend time practicing the shortgame. Too many players don’t putenough time practicing this fundamentalpart of softball. Th...
Explode out of the box. The instant you hitthe ball and release the bat, drive your rightarm forward as you push off the l...
Be an aggressive baserunner and learn how torun the bases properly. A skilled baserunnerwith average speed is a lot more e...
Practice sliding. Skilled sliding will saveyour butt more often that you can think.Master the various slides: bent leg, po...
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Softball hitting tips

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Most players, coaches, and parents are always looking for short, useful softball tips that they can use right away to improve their performance and be more dominant on the field.

Here are some of my best softball tips for hitting, pitching, fielding, coaching, attitude and mental training, warm-up, training, conditioning, nutrition, and recovery and regeneration.

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Softball hitting tips

  1. 1. Spend twice as much time on your hittingas you do on your defense. Hitting is atough skill to learn, refine and master. Ittakes a lot of time to become a highlyskilled hitter and ultimately, teamselections are often made based on whocan contribute offensively.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  2. 2. Select the heaviest bat you canswing without losing bat speedor developing faulty mechanics.This will give you maximumpower.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  3. 3. Hold the bat with your fingers. You have considerably more strength and control with your fingers rather than your palms.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  4. 4. Adjust your placement in the box according tothe type of pitcher you are facing. Forexample, move up in the box when facingdropball pitchers and move back in the boxwhen facing riseball pitchers.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  5. 5. Don’t change your swing right before theseason or during the season. A new swingtakes too much time to learn. You can makeminor adjustments but no big chances. Thebest time to change your swing is right afterthe season.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  6. 6. Stay loose at the plate. Tensedmuscles are slow muscles andto be successful at the plate,you need to be quick. Relaxedmuscles fire more quickly.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  7. 7. Make each swing count. You shouldn’t beswinging just for the sake of swinging. Eachswing should have a specific goal whether it isto work on a technical element, drive the ballin a specific location, or adjust to a specificpitch. Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  8. 8. Don’t focus on your batting average buton your on-base percentage. This is amuch better indication of your overallperformance at the plate. Reaching a baseon an error or a walk is a good as getting ahit.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  9. 9. Go from soft to hard focus. Before a pitch, watch the whole Hitting Tipspitcher and don’t focus on a specific area (soft focus) and asthe pitcher prepares to deliver, zero in to the point of release Softball Tips(hard focus) and try to pick up the rotation of the ball.
  10. 10. Learn to hit according to the location of theball. If the ball is outside, go with it and drive itto opposite field. If it is down the middle, driveit right back at the pitcher. Finally, if the ball isinside, turn on it and drive it into your field. Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  11. 11. Focus on hitting linedrives. Line drives will getyou a base hit 84% of thetime vs. 42% for groundballs and 24% for fly balls.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  12. 12. Train your eyes. Improve your trackingability by watching pitches from thehitter’s perspective when pitchers areworking on their different pitches.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  13. 13. Master the short game. Being ableto sacrifice, drag or slap in additionof hitting away is a tremendousadvantage. When you can hit away,slap or punt a bunt down, youliterally become a triple threat andincrease your chances of getting onbase.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  14. 14. Be aggressive but selective. Assume that everypitch is your pitch. The key is to be ready tocapitalize on any pitcher’s mistake but yet tobe able to hold on if the pitch is not right.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  15. 15. Hit behind the runner. The ability to hit theball on the ground to the right side of theinfield with runners on second or third isinvaluable. When hitting behind the runner,you are trading an out for a run. To hit behindthe runner, you must keep your hands insidethe ball, delay the swing, and make sure thatthe bat head is above the flight of the pitch.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  16. 16. Spend time practicing the shortgame. Too many players don’t putenough time practicing this fundamentalpart of softball. The world’s best playercan successfully put a bunt down oncommand.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  17. 17. Explode out of the box. The instant you hitthe ball and release the bat, drive your rightarm forward as you push off the left leg if youare a right-handed hitter. Lefties should drivethe left arm and push off with the right leg.Keep your head up, your eyes forward, andyour arms pumping. Your first steps out of thebox should be short and choppy and on theballs of your feet; then lengthen your strideand spring as fast as you can toward first. Keepyour body relaxed and loose to eliminate anytension (tensed muscles are slow muscles).Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  18. 18. Be an aggressive baserunner and learn how torun the bases properly. A skilled baserunnerwith average speed is a lot more effective thana fast runner who doesn’t run the bases well.Softball Tips Hitting Tips
  19. 19. Practice sliding. Skilled sliding will saveyour butt more often that you can think.Master the various slides: bent leg, pop-up, back door, and head first.Softball Tips Hitting Tips

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