Softball is a beautiful game, and it is one of the most popular sports in the USA. However, whether you are a slowpitch or fastpitch player you have to know how to play it right to enjoy your game to the fullest. If you are a batter, you have to hit with a maximum power for the ball to travel a long distance. And contrary to what most people assume you do not have to be very masculine or have super strong arms to make a powerful hit. Although strength does matter, power hitting mostly comes from skills. However, there are many tips and drills that you can use to increase the power behind your hit and below are five of the main ones.
Athletic Stance that is Stable is the Foundation for Power
Unlike other sports softball requires a player to stand in a particular way, and this is what is called Stance. If you do not have an athletic softball Stance, then you should not expect to make powerful hits. A coach can teach you how to achieve one, but it is only through practice that you will perfect it. And so if you want to have enough power you should know how to position yourself in the batter’s box. For example, you have to bend the knees slightly and ensure that you distribute your weight evenly on the balls of your feet.
Have the Right Grip
You cannot swing your bat comfortably if you do not have a good grip and this also means that your hit will also not be powerful. It is easy to say that a good grip is vital, but most players do not know how to achieve this. However, it is very simple as you only need to ensure that you apply pressure with your fingers and not the palm when gripping a softball bat.
Always Swing the Bat Correctly
Swing is an important part of hitting a softball bat, and it can affect your power significantly. Although different coaches will advise their players on varying ways to swing the bat the principal behind all of them is the same. And to state it clearly, you have to know how to place your legs when on the box and also how to move other parts of your body such as the hips to ensure that you have a perfect swing for maximum power.
Recognize the Sweet Spot
The sweet spot is between five and seven inches from the end of the barrel depending on the type of bat that you are using. And this is the best point for your bat to come into contact with the ball. A sweet spot is simply a place on the barrel that will allow you to hit the ball at maximum speed. And this also gives the swing more power than when the ball contacts the bat on other locations, and you will also feel less sensation.
Concentrate and Prepare to Make the Hit
Concentration is the key to hitting with power, and so you have to watch the pitcher carefully and monitor all the moves they make. Although some batters rely on instinct, it is highly advisable to watch and wait for the ball so that you can get the timing right and hence ensure that you hit the ball with maximum speed and power. Concentration goes hand in hand with preparation and so as you are waiting you should also be preparing yourself for the swing.
Nothing beats a powerful hit when playing softball as it not only improves your performance but also ensures that you get to enjoy the game. And with the five points above in mind, you will never have to worry about power again. If you implement these tips, you can be sure that you will always hit the ball with maximum power.