Softball Hitting Drills
Keep It Simple
This section provides you with a sample of softball hitting drills to help your players enhance their abilities at the plate. Good hitting is predicated on sound mechanics. This section is meant to help drive that consistency.
It will also get into one of the hitting techniques that has been found to be very effective. Most coaches would agree that a short swing, due to the speed of the pitchers and the short distance from the pitching circle to home plate, is necessary for hitting success. The rotational swing is examined in this section.
But try to keep it simple. And, also remember the old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". That goes especially for hitting. If you have a player hitting the cover off of the ball, no matter how much you hate her swing, leave it alone!! It works for her.
Yogi Berra once said:
Think! How ... are you gonna think and hit at the same time?
Exactly! The last thing you want your player doing at the plate is thinking too much about her swing. The swing should be automatic and natural because it's been repeated again and again with "perfect practice". Using a combination of the softball hitting drills presented should make that swing come more natural.
Each of the pages will also discuss bunting and slapping. The short game or the ability to bunt is extremely important in the game of fastpitch. If you run into a very strong pitcher who has your hitters totally flummoxed or over-powered, sometimes the only way to beat that pitcher is by deploying a bunting game. Bunting teaching techniques will be reviewed on the instruction page
. Provided will be a few ways to teach bunting to those who have never bunted before. In addition, indoor bunting drills
as well as outdoor and game day bunting drills
are also provided. Slapping is a fake bunt that ends up in a swing. This will also be discussed in the three areas.
So first let's examine some hitting drills
for the off season. Yes, recreation players can fit some of these easy and non-time consuming softball hitting drills into their busy schedules. It'll explain why one of my favorite
hitting tools is the broom handle. Yes, I said the broom handle. I made a it a required piece of equipment for every player on my team. As a matter of fact, as soon as a new player got the welcome letter,
I handed ther player a broom handle, or "new best friend". You will be amazed how many different drills you can do with it. And how much good it will do to assist in perfecting your player's swing.
The broom handle technique was introduced to me by Phil Fidalgo. Phil is in the Villanova University Hall of Fame for his baseball prowess. He is the only person I ever saw who could hit off of a pitching machine while walking from home plate to within five feet of the machine and make it all the way back to home plate without ever missing one pitch. Oh, and he was in his sixties at the time. That is some quick wrists (and nice short swing). Phil's softball hitting instruction
was centered around what he referred to as the "short swing". I've also heard it called the "rotational swing".
The next set of hitting drills
are for practice. These should be incorporated into your station practice regimen
. The drills should be rotated through as you work on various aspects of hitting to address identified weaknesses. Game day drills will also be addressed in this section. These drills will address how you work on various aspects in a very confined time span to maximize your team's readiness. Suggested equipment will be included with each drill.
For additional coaching information on the various topics of fastpitch softball, check out our Coach's Aids section
. You will find books and DVDs that provide information on coaching, pitching and catching, hitting and fielding.
What are your favorite softball hitting drills? What has worked for you when teaching your team how to hit? Are there certain techniques you've used that have been particularly effective? Is there a piece of equipment that has helped your hitting training cause? Share it here! Your fellow coaches would be much appreciative.
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