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How To Hit a Softball

Watch more Outdoor Games videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Follow these hints to find the power to hit a home run softball 400 feet. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Cut stick from broom Cut the stick from an old broom and practice hitting ping-pong balls. Have a friend lob them to you in the back yard to develop your eye. When you're ready for the real thing, switch to using your bat and a softball. Step 2: Use good posture Square your shoulders when batting and hold the bat with your hands stacked one on top of the other, relaxed and not squeezing. To go for home runs, grip the bat with the index finger and thumb of your top hand wrapped around the bat handle, keeping your grip loose to increase bat speed. Tip Whether hitting fast- or slow-pitch softball, concentrate on swinging through the top of the ball to drill a line drive with top spin so it doesn't rise and can't be easily caught. Strong hitters aim for the lower part of the ball to gain distance. Step 3: Cock elbow, wait Cock your back elbow slightly and wait for the ball toward your waist over your back foot. Control is as important as power -- don't rush. Step 4: Bend back knee, push off Bend your back knee as the ball drops to between your chest and waist. Stay back on your back foot an instant before pushing off and swinging into the ball. Step 5: Step Step as the ball comes into range so you don't reach higher than your chest with an upper cut. Keep your eyes on the ball. Step 6: Time pitch Time the pitch and swing smoothly, meeting the ball out in front of you, following through rather than stopping or punching it. Snap the bat around, extending both arms and turning the top hand over as you do. Step 7: Make someone run Make someone chase down all of your fantastic home runs. Did You Know? The inaugural Men's Slow Pitch Championship, called the "Border Battle" between the Canadian and American National teams, was played July 18, 2009.
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