Slow-pitch softball is a relatively new sport that has recently gained popularity. The game is played with an underhand pitching style and allows the ball to be hit with a backspin, which makes it easier to control. Hitting a slow-pitch softball with a backspin can be tricky, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be hitting like a pro in no time.
Step One: Get in A Batting Stance
When many first take up softball, they often complain about not being able to make any contact with a pitched ball thrown at them. We will show you an easy trick that professional players use to hit a slow-pitch softball with a backspin.
- Begin by gripping the bat with your index and middle fingers between the handle.
- Take a soft toss with the pitching machine, allowing it to throw a high-pitched ball that is difficult to catch. If you struggle to catch the ball, you are probably gripping the bat too tightly.
- A pulling grip indicates that you are gripping the bat towards the bottom of the handle, where your fingers are wrapping around the bat.
- Wrap your fingers around the bottom of the bat and press them against the handle for stability.
- Next, check to see if the ball is falling too quickly by gripping the bat with your thumb and middle finger on each side of the bat, where the handle meets the barrel.
- If it feels like the bat is falling too quickly, you can slow the ball’s drop by gripping the bat slightly tighter.
- The faster you swing, the harder it will be to hit. You’ll have to swing faster to match the speed of a good pro player.
- You’re ready to take your batting stance if you can hold on.
This is where the pros have an advantage over us amateurs. They have worked hard to develop their physique so they can handle any bat in any situation.
Step Two: Grip the Ball Correctly
There are two main ways to grip a slow-pitch softball: with two fingers or with three fingers.
- The two-finger grip is the most common grip used by players. To grip the ball with two fingers, simply place your index and middle finger on either side of the ball’s seam.
- The three-finger grip is not as standard, but it can be used to generate more power and spin on the ball. To grip the ball with three fingers, place your index, middle, and ring finger on either side of the ball’s seam.
Next, follow these techniques to get a good grip.
- The grip should not be so tight and uncomfortable to hold.
- For best results, check your grip strength before each swing. Your grip should never weaken during the course of an at-bat.
- Once you have a good grip, test the bat speed by swinging as hard as possible.
Step Three: Put Your Weight on Your Back Foot
Slow-pitch softball is all about hitting the ball with a backspin. Putting your weight on your back foot allows you to get more of a spin on the ball. This is because you are using your body weight to generate power instead of just your arms.
You must ensure that your back foot is planted firmly when you swing so that you can drive through the ball and get maximum backspin.
Step Four: Swing Your Bat Back and Forth
They know how to maximize the strength in their hands and wrists, so they can easily swing a bat. Amateurs often injure themselves when they use bats that are too heavy or too stiff.
An experienced player can feel when a bat is too heavy and adjust. They also know that when the bat is stiff enough, it will not let them hit the ball hard enough.
Step Five: Swing Up and Through the Ball
When hitting a slow pitch softball with a backspin, the batter should start in a stance with their feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart and their weight balanced.
They should then take a small step forward with their front foot and swing the bat up and through the ball, making sure to keep their elbow up. The follow-through is essential – the batter should continue turning until the bat is above their head.
What Is a Backspin Power Pitch?
A backspin power pitch is a high, hard ball delivered with the arm’s force in a downward motion. The backspin power pitch is a tall, hard ball delivered with the arm’s force in a downward motion.
This usually is the response of a pitcher who has just thrown a curveball. GIFs can be used to analyze the difference between the hard contact of left-handed and right-handed batters.
Slow Pitch Softball Strike Zone
A slow-pitch softball strike zone is similar to the standard baseball strike zone but with several necessary amendments. First and foremost, it’s much wider than the traditional strike zone.
This allows pitchers to throw softer pitches in the area near the batter’s knees without fear of being called a ball or an automatic walk.
Moreover, because this area is so broad, hitters may be more likely to swing at low-percentage pitches inside this Strike Zone, leading to more ground balls and fewer fly balls.
The zone is often divided into 5 sections. These are called strike zones.
- Top zone
- Middle zone
- Bottom zone
- Outer half zone
- Inside half zone.
The proper technique is the key to a good performance in slow-pitch softball. The most important aspect of the game is backspin.
Using this, your ball will enter the air like a bullet, be challenging to stop, and curve unpredictably. Follow these tips before you step out on the field, and watch how easily you hit home runs.