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Aug. 22
garyheifner

651 posts
Hitting
Been watching a bunch of bat reviews and instructional videos. I have mostly let the arc of a pitch drop down to my waist area and then hit. I am seeing the hitters in the videos striking the ball
when the arc drops between the chin and chest. Have I been doing it wrong? Is it better to go up and get the ball higher in the arc?
Aug. 22
MurrayW
Men's 65
221 posts
Hitting
Unless the ball is coming straight down (it would be illegally high) you shouldn't be able to let the ball drop down to the waist level. If you mean take the chin and chest level pitch and wait for a waist level pitch, then that is possible. But I don't think you could have a pitch that is chin or shoulder high drop down to your waist to hit it.
Aug. 23
Turning2
Men's 70
204 posts
Hitting
gary - if you change to a chest high and/or even shoulder high pitch i can almost guarantee you better results especially in your power shots. Tendency is to hit ground balls when waist high or lower pitches are hit as well being more selective will minimize "reaching" for lower pitches.

Practice by being selective of higher pitches when you stride into your swing, emphasize on "practice" Also as a senior player, position yourself forward in the batters box. I place my right foot (right-handed batter) even with the front of the plate, which works for me. Hope this helps, others may differ as everyone is different
Aug. 23
garyheifner

651 posts
Hitting
Thanks-what mostly prompted my question was watching Dave on senior softball bat reviews. He really goes up high and hits the ball with a lot of pop.
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