How to Hit a Softball | Softball Lessons

How to Hit a Softball | Softball Lessons

“I’m Erin Goettlicher, and I’m a professional
softball coach. After I played through high school, I went
out and played for college level, and then spent a cup of tea at the professional level. I’m self-employed, and own Pro Softball Training. Pro Softball Training offers instruction in
all kinds of softball. You name it, we can do it. Today, I will be talking to you about softball. Hitting a softball is one of the most difficult
skills in all of sports. Not only do we have to track a moving ball
that is coming at different speeds at different locations, but we have to swing a bat that
is only this big, and make contact with that ball. The most important part of hitting is getting
lots of practice. It takes lots of swings, good swings to get
good at it. And even then, it’s a constant work in progress. Even at the professional level, players are
constantly working on their swing and fixing struggle points. The first thing we want to do is make sure
we get ourselves in a good stance. Getting in a good stance is going to give
us a good base to start from. If we’re set up correctly, it’s going to help
us with the rest of our swing. Typically in our stance, we want to get our
feet about shoulder width apart. Some will be a little farther, some will be
a little more narrow. We want to avoid too far in either direction. Mostly, we want to be able to be balanced
and to be able to feel the weight on the insides of our thighs. Once I have my feet set in my stance, I want
to make sure I have a good grip on the bat. It’s important that I grip the bat more with
my fingers and the pads of my hand, not deep into my palm. I don’t want to grip this bat tight, or what
we call “”choke it””. I want to have it in those fingers, so that
I can have loose, flexible wrists. I need to be able to have good control of
this bat. My hands are going to be somewhere near between
my ear and my shoulder. I don’t want to be too high and I don’t want
to be too low. So, comfortably right in this area. My next step is to get my load. The load is where we get our weight shifted
back slightly. This is what’s going to help us create that
power and that drive into the ball. After I’ve loaded, I’m going to do what we
call stride. Some people pick their foot up and put it
back down. Some people simply shift their weight a little
bit towards that front foot. My hands want to do what we say “”stay inside
the ball”” or stay close to our body. I want to avoid my hands getting far out here
and swinging straight with my arms. I want to keep those hands close to my body,
so that I can lead with my elbow, then with my hands and create what we call “”a whipping
action”” of the bat through the zone. So, I get in my stance. I’m good and set. Now, I’m ready to go. I get my load, my stride, and now I can swing
through the zone. My finish wants to be long. I want to extend as far as I can with my arms
through the path of the ball and when I finish I should end up balanced with my weight over
my belly button. My feet aren’t going to move a whole lot. I’ll have a slight turn in my back foot, but
my front foot wants to stay strong and firm.”

Comments (66)

  1. Many major league baseball players actually roll the front foot over on the "finish" portion of the swing. Which goes to show you even they don't follow proper technique all the time.

  2. the way she swings is like the same way i swing so this video should be me but she is as good as me

  3. Have the same bat!! Thanks this really helped 🙂

  4. i love her squeaky gloves

  5. squeaky gloves . I love that sound

  6. bitch its the SAME thing.!
    softball is harder so stfu.

  7. Having played both I will tell you you are wrong

  8. you're a lefty :O i could never hit left

  9. I'm a fucking disaster when it becomes to outside pitch:(

  10. I was half way done then it went to the beginning >_<

  11. Thank you thank you thank you so much for the video. Now i have confident to play softball :))

  12. I kno how to swing but I can't make contact

  13. Hi Savannah,

    1) You have to watch the ball the entire time. If you find the ball is coming too fast, try to find a spot in the outfield to look at, then alternate looking at that spot and the pitcher repeatedly up when the pitcher starts their delivery. This will help you track the ball better.

    2) Make sure your bat is steady and not shaking while the pitch is coming.

    3) For really fast pitchers I used to lower my bat a bit so that I could swing faster.

    Hope this helps!

  14. Do u also help poor local teams on poor countries? I LOVE UR BAT 🙂

  15. i play softball at school, and the only thing im really any good at is hitting. i sure can hit…

  16. I'm learning how to pitch and I've learned to snap my hips. Is that also wat u need to do with batting?????

  17. hitting at bat is the hardest thing for me!

  18. Do you believe everyone swings and gets loaded differently? My coach says i stride to much or im reaching for it. but what does she know shes a fat cow?! She wants everyone to bat like her and if you dont bat like her you are a flex and another strong batter is a DH

  19. Do you recommend having your elbow up?

  20. Thanks coach Erin! I just took on the unexpected role of girls softball coach ages 8 – 10.  Kudos for the Fantastic Tutorial…  Alby Back!  

  21. @ Sarah, never hit with your elbows up. If u are right handed and your back elbow is up, most likely you would have to drop your elbow right before the ball comes. This will cause you to "pop up" or hit a "weak ground ball". Harli, you never want a large stride, this will cause u to swing under the ball, which will force u to "pop up" the ball. You want your legs to be shoulder width apart, slight bend if you're comfortable, with a short stride to the ball. This way you can hit any pitch.

  22. Don't let go! you will have less power if you let go!

  23. I hit a homerun after watching this lol

  24. I keep on stepping out with my front foot while batting. Been working on it FOREVER.

  25. Watch maximumbatspeed on YouTube.

  26. You never bat with you elbow up!! I thought that my whole life but I learned it the right way as I hit it a lot farther. Also you are supposed to have you weight balanced in the middle, don't shift you weight in the back.

  27. omg thank u hitting a ball is hard and I'm gonna tryout softball?yay!

  28. The last game I played I got a homerun from a bunt

  29. Thank you so much for the helpful information. I have played baseball/softball in America, however, I now live in the Philippines and play softball here. I have to say that the Filipino strike zone is very low and inconsistent. The lower strike zone is between the ankle an the knee. I am not tall (5'10"), but taller than the average Filipino. Maybe that is why the strike zone is so low. Maybe it will be a good idea for me to move my feet a little wider than my shoulders on the hit since I have to dig lower into the pitch. Regardless, your technique of keeping the bat close to the body and following through will help me a lot. Thank you!

  30. Thanks for the info! I'm trying out for my school's softball team, and forgot to study about how to play softball. But now this video checked everything I needed to know! Thank you! Wish me luck! x3

  31. thanks for the tips they are really helpful

  32. I need help fast idk any thing about this

  33. I need help fast idk any thing about this

  34. I need help I strikeout too much

  35. What about when the pitcher spins the ball and even gets a curve out of it? I can hit a ball lobbed over the plate but these guys are not making it easy. I usually end up hitting a ground ball over to the short stop. I can out run those old guys and get to first base sometimes but I know I can hit it to the outfield. This is my first year playing on an actual team and the spin just throws me a bit. In the end, I know the best advice will be just practice. But thanks in advance for any additional advice anyone can give me.

  36. i start my soft ball practice tomorrow any tips?

  37. yes you need to have your elbow up, to everyone asking. I played from 5-14 years old and I'm 17 and starting again but I need to get back into routine and I'm going back over everything. keeping my elbow up helps me with my aim and flexibility, but that's just me.

  38. I want to use this for my health presentation… BUT THAT FUCKING WATERMARK FOR REAL…

  39. I just cant get contact with the ball

  40. Dang how cast has everything

  41. I have a softball game against the staff members / teachers. And this'll help me.

  42. This should help me i've played for a while now and I'm pretty good I'm just now getting to highschool pitchers and they fast pitch so it's a little harder

  43. I suck at batting I hit under and can't swing my hips without swimming my head

  44. Every time I hit it it doesn't go far and my hands sting when I hit it

  45. So if you use a overhand throw in a softball that's a penalty?

  46. Guys I stupidly made the decision to do softball in high school cause they need players. I’m hating it, I can’t back out pls pray that I do better and don’t look so dumb! Since I don’t play travel

  47. I'm signing up for softball and I know nothing about softball

  48. Well this counts as Biogly tourtals

  49. My school is getting a softball team and tomorrow we are practicing using bats. Wish me luck!

  50. I have that exact bat

  51. i been playing soft ball for 5 ½ years and still can’t hit the ball BTW I am 8 ½

  52. Now I know what to do at my game wen I bat

  53. Thank you so much! I have been struggling in hitting a softball and being in the right positions. This video really helped!! 😀

  54. Please give me your batting gloves 🙂

  55. I rly suck at throwing

  56. Girl u hitting a ten is ball

  57. Thank u you helped me so much

  58. I'm trying to get use to it cause my game is tomorrow?

  59. I have a game today! 1 like=1 point for my team!

  60. I am a boy and i live playing softball

  61. Bruh baseball is way harder

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