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In softball, everyone wants to learn how to hit a home run. But you need to know how to make contact first. So in th... See More
In softball, everyone wants to learn how to hit a home run. But you need to know how to make contact first. So in this iSport lesson, we are going to learn the mechanics of how to hit a softball. First get a good grip on the bat and get into the proper batting stance. The first motion of your swing is a load, the negative movement of hitting. You can shift all of your weight back or simply rotate your shoulders back. This is called a coil the load acts as a timing mechanism and the process of the load shifts your weight back and down through the inside of your back foot. The next movement is the toe tap, this initiates your hip rotation, simply lift up and tap your front foot. After the toe tap, pivot your back foot and start rotating your hips forward. The next movement is with your arms. Start throwing your hands at the pitch. Lead with your elbow and stay inside the path of the ball. Once you fully extended your elbow, throw your hands at the pitcher. When you make contact, you want to imagine keeping your bat on the ball as long as possible through the zone. For immediate feedback on your contact point, look at your palms. Your bottom hand should be facing the ground and the top hand's palm should be facing the sky. Immediately after contact, your top hand takes over as you roll your wrists and follow through. Your hands should finish high and above your head. For your follow through, you never want to slap your back with your bat. This makes you roll your wrists to early which recalls the bat to roll off the ball, leading to a week hit. Now lets reveal what we've just learned. Load, toe tap, pivot your back foot, rotate your hips forward, throw your hands at the ball, and follow through.
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