How to Swing a Fastpitch Bat Properly with Michele Smith
Two-time Olympic gold medalist (Atlanta, Sydney) fastpitch player Michele Smith explains proper swing mechanics. She has a wealth of knowledge from her years of experience as a professional fastpitch player. Get great face time with collegiate coaches and recruiters! Prepare for the 2013 softball season with a 3-day instructional camp based out of sunny Clearwater, Florida. Learn skills from the best in womens fastpitch while getting exposure to top coaches & players. Ages 8-18 welcome. You can find out more about this camp at the following link: www.MicheleSmith.com
Hi, I'm Michele Smith. I want to take a little bit of time to talk to you about what the proper swing looks like. And we're just really talking about the movement of the bat and the arms for this particular segment. Talk about being quick to contact. In order to be quick to contact your hands basically need to move across your body, short and quick. Front shoulders start point to contact. We want to avoid our hands getting long or casting, because that gives the opportunity for the pitcher to throw under our hands and get us out. So a lot of times when we're talking about our swing I want you to think about focusing on your front arm, lead with the elbow, almost like you're throwing a Frisbee. And this movement right here is going to get this bat head as quick as possible from start point to contact, a quick explosive swing is going to allow you to hit the ball the best, make adjustments when possible. So that quick explosive swing to contact is gonna help you a lot. Again remember to avoid getting long or casting your arms out quick across body like you're throwing a Frisbee. That'll give you the greatest opportunity to increase that batting average.
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