|Written by Bill Hanks|
Work on hitting in softball can be accomplished without the help of another person. This article will give you some individual hitting drills to help you improve your hitting technique.
You will need a bucket of softballs, a bat, a hitting tee, and a large net or fence.
1. Hitting off a T; Set your T close to a fence or a large net. Make sure there are no posts in the area you are hitting. Set a ball on a T. Direct your swing towards the ball. Do not make contact. First just bring the bat up to the point of the ball and freeze. Look at your hands. Make sure you have a palm down and palm up. Now repeat. Check your hands again. Now swing through the ball and hit the ball into the fence or the net.
2. Soft Toss; Back up from the fence or net. Hold the bat in your weak hand. Hold the ball with your strong hand. Now toss the ball slightly in front of you. Hit the ball. Focus on getting your hands to the bat quickly. This is the key in doing this drill. If you toss the ball outside, hit it to the opposite field. A toss that is inside to you is a ball to pull down the line. The toss dead center is to be hit up the middle. Try to drive through the ball. Avoid upper cutting at the ball. Do not hit down on the ball either. Simply try and hit straight through it with a level swing. Keep your eyes on the ball. Always follow through on your swing. In the back of your mind, think "attack the ball."
3. Fungo Practice; Once you have mastered the first two drills, try doing some Fungo practice. Use the same bat and balls. Try to elevate the ball by slightly upper cutting with the bat. In this drill, you could use some fielders to shag the ball for your. If you have an adjustable T raise it a little. If you soft toss, try to hit the ball at a little higher arc. Expect to hit some foul balls when you first start.
Anytime you start struggling with your swing, always go back to the T. The T allows for a level and swing through hit. Always make sure that it is safe and that nobody gets in your way on the swing and follow through.