"To be a great hitter you don't have to hit the ball over the fence, you just have to hit the ball over and over." -Candice
Hitting in Fastpitch Softball is completely different from hitting in baseball. Candice teaches a very detailed hitting technique designed specifically for Fastpitch Softball. Here she explains the technique and what makes it so different.
"In todays world there are a lot of coaches, players, and family members that try to teach/use a baseball swing in Fastpitch Softball,unfortunately it doesn't work. At the younger ages the pitching is pretty slow so some girls can get away with using a baseball swing but it isn't long before the pitching gets better and the swing no longer works. That's why some people wonder why they use to be great hitters and now can't hit."
"The main differences between a baseball swing and softball swing are as follows: A baseball swing is normally done with the weight back and the front leg straight. The hitter swings toward the ball making the shape of a U with their swing and finishing high on their shoulder with their bat. A proper softball swing is completely different, the weight is almost equal with the weight shifting back and then some transfer forward at contact point. Both knees are bent slightly and the swing is completely level then the front leg finishes strong. There are several other differences but these are just a few."
"Now we get to the question why would the swings be different? Well it's simple, in baseball the ball is smaller and being pitched from a farther distance and the ball is coming down from an upward position. In Softball the ball is being pitched at a closer distance from an under hand position and thus it stays flat the whole time. The goal is to hit line drives and with a flat pitch, you need a level swing to hit a line drive."
My hitting technique is very specific for Fastpitch Softball, it takes about 4 lessons to learn the whole thing, but currently every one of my hitting students has a batting average of over 400.
If your interested in setting up hitting lessons with Candice simply call (303) 809-1502 or send an email to SoftballCO@gmail.com
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