A softball player I is commonly known as a ‘batter’. Batters are required to acquire certain skills including great vision, good timing, physical strength,good reflexes, and most importantly, the mastery of the swing. A person with the mentioned skills is likely to be a good batter with the help of some tips on how to hit a softball that are discussed in this article.
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When practicing the right bat grip, the hitter is required to tightly grasp the bat with his fingers and not the palm. The bottom hand grabs the bat at the point where we have the calluses. The top hand, normally the left hand if the batter is right-handed, is the one that controls the bat while the top hand only loosely supports the bat. The top hand should be in line with the bottom hand with the middle knuckles of the two hands being aligned in a straight line. One should not cross the arms nor hold the bat too tightly that it hinders the wrist’s flexibility.
The positioning of the hand
The arms should be placed close to the body, about three inches from your chest. The elbows should be down and try to relax your shoulders. To release tension from the shoulders, some hitters prefer moving their hands back and forth. The positioning of the hand is known as a power position.
You should stand in the middle of the batter’s box to facilitate swinging towards different angles of the strike zone. The feet should be kept parallel to the direction pointed by the home plate and the knees bent slightly to distribute your weight on your feet. The hands should be six inches from the body and in line with the shoulders. The bat should be held upright, slightly tilted towards your body and the eyes focused on the upcoming pitch.
This is when the hitter is in preparation of an oncoming pitcher and a small stride of less than eight inches is made using the front foot in order to create momentum. The back shoulder should be placed slightly higher than the front shoulder as the front knee slightly turns to face the home plate. The back knee should remain firm. After completing the stride, the back foot supports the hitter’s weight and your hands set in a hitting position above the back shoulder. The knees should be relaxed in anticipation of the swing.
As the ball nears the plate, the hitter should put some pressure on the back foot’s joint as the hips rotate but still parallel to the ground. The leg and hip movement should not affect the head and eye positioning as the hitter moves the bat’s knob towards the ball while avoiding the bat ball from moving below the hands. The forearm should be held at aright angle to ensure a compact swing. Shoulders play a fundamental role in swinging and the front shoulder should be moved towards the direction of the softball. The arm should still be bent as the bat nears the softball, the hips continue rotating, the back leg moves towards the front leg, and toes turned towards the pitcher.
The arms are thrust forward to a point where they are right in front the belly button and on a similar plane as the right leg. When the softball is right before the home plate, make contact. During the contact, the bat should stay on the softball for the longest time possible with the palms of the bottom hand facing the ground and those of the top hand facing the sky.
The bat continues swinging as the hitter’s weight is brought to the front leg. The weight switch between the legs is necessary to facilitate a follow-through and a shorter time to reach first base
And that is how you properly hit a softball.