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tip 4: "load to explode"
this is a great phrase that really sums up what “loading” will do for a hitter. it’s basically the body getting ready to do something fast and powerful by going back or down slightly with the legs, and by tilting the wrist. while loading is very helpful to a hitter’s power, it’s also really hard to teach – particularly to younger hitters.
teaching a hitter to load correctly might be a challenge and yet that same hitter probably loads when she throws without even realizing it. the players should have more weight back – as that’s what players do when they load – they go back to go forward. the player's hand stays near their heads and its their bodies that move back or down slightly, not their hands. when you try and help younger hitters load before they swing, you’ll see them want to move their hands back away from their bodies and/or try to tilt themselves backwards. instead, the hitter needs to tilt her hands by slightly tilting the knob toward the catcher and push down slightly into the inside of her back knee and into the big toe on her back foot. this simple skill needs to be practiced on its own to help a hitter get comfortable learning how to load. one thing i’ve found helps is to ask the player to put her bat down, toss her a ball and tell her to throw the ball as hard as she can. then stop her as she starts to throw and she’ll be able to feel what a load feels like. players load when they throw and they need to imitate it when they hit in order to hit with more speed and power.
thanks to softballexcellence.com for this resource😀
qotp: favorite bat brand?
aotp: Louisville Slugger
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