Step 4

HOME RUN POWER IN SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL STARTS WITH HIP ROTATION

Step 4 – I now swing my left leg back forward, taking the forward step toward that pitcher.  This creates my hip rotation toward the ball.  I coiled my hips in Steps 2 and 3, now it is time to unload these.  As I step down with my left foot, IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT I AM DECIDING WHETHER THE PITCH IS A STRIKE OR A BALL, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. 

In slow pitch, you should run through your motion to swing every time that the ball is pitched, some are strikes and some are balls.  Either way, you need to be ready to pound the ball if it is a strike.  If it isn’t a strike, you simply do not swing the bat, only go through the motions of the hip rotation. 

This is similar to the big leaguers...  Next time you are watching MLB, just watch how the batter will step into every pitch and decide after they step whether to swing the bat or not (or even potentially jump out of the way of an inside pitch!)  Notice also that they work on their timing of the pitch crossing the plate, usually stepping into the pitch as the pitcher is realeasing the ball and not waiting for the ball to get to the plate before they start their motion to swing. 

This is why the off-speed pitch can have such a strong effect in the majors, because it throws the batter's timing off for hitting the pitch.

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