Every week (if not almost every day), we receive mail from customers, visitors, and newsletter subscribers. Today I want to take a moment to share one of these inquiries with you.
This question (a good one) came from a softball dad.
From the Softball Performance Mail Bag…
Coach, it seems to me that a lot of emphasis is put on batting mechanics, which I think is good. It is important, but I do not hear or see anyone talking about eye hand coordination. The way I see it, a player can have the best mechanics, but if she can’t put the bat where the ball is consistently, I think a lot of time and money is not being spent wisely. I would like know what you think about this. Is there something I’m missing? I can speak from personal experience that using the little soft rubber 1 inch balls used with a thin bat like a “lightning Rod” seems to work pretty good for my daughter. Thanks
Actually, you’re not missing anything. You’re right. A softball hitter can have the best swing mechanics in the world, but if she can’t make contact with the ball, it doesn’t mean much.
I’m sure you’ve seen those hitters with less than perfect hitting mechanics make things happen simply because they are great at putting the bat on the ball time and time again.
That said, it’s important to work BOTH swing mechanics and softball VISION if you want to reach your peak softball hitting performance level. This softball dad shared a great idea on how to do that with soft 1″ rubber balls. If you would like to learn more about softball vision and some exercises you can do to improve yours, check out FastpitchVisionTraining.com.
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