However, softball isn’t just about personal benefits – it’s also about improving your skills and helping your team to win.
To improve your hitting game, taking part in drills is a smart move.
When you’ve got a good repertoire of drills to choose from, they stay fun and challenging, rather than becoming repetitive and dull.
Want to learn ten awesome new softball hitting drills?
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1. Drop Toss
This is a great drill for improving hand-eye coordination, and increasing bat speed. It’s also really simple and doesn’t require any special equipment.
Stand in position with your bat, ask a partner to stand in front of you, holding the ball at shoulder height, then tell them when to drop the ball.
Take a full swing – making sure that your partner has moved out of the way – and assess the results.
Repeat the drop toss as many times as want, making changes to your technique as necessary.
To add an extra element of challenge, ask your partner to stand on a chair when they drop the ball.
2. Colored Ball Toss
This is a fun drill which increases concentration.
Have your partner drop two different colored balls from different heights, then call out a color. Hit the color that they called, and avoid the other ball.
Once you get the hang of this, switch things up by introducing extra balls, fake tosses, numbered balls, and different release points.
This is a really fun exercise that’s easy to alter according to the skill level of each player on your team.
Want to add some magic to your softball hitting drills?
You need to try the broomstick drill.
This is a great drill for improving accuracy and perception, and it doesn’t require anything fancy.
Hold onto a broomstick in place of a bat, and ask a teammate to throw a plastic golf ball for you to hit. Since everything is much smaller than you’re used to, you’re forced to really focus in order to hit the ball.
When you return to your usual bat and ball, things will probably feel much easier.
4. Two Hand Bat
The aim of two hand softball hitting drills is to practice hitting the ball to the opposite field, with a focus on using your top hand.
Have a feeder throw the ball from around 10 feet away, and hit the ball, with the emphasis on your top hand.
Aim to reach the opposite field with as many of your hits as possible.
Repeat the drill 10 – 15, and take turns so that every player on the team gets a chance to practice.
5. Bounce in Front
This is a nice easy drill that helps you to get into a strong rhythm.
Stand in position with your usual bat, and ask a feeder to bounce a tennis ball into the strike zone. Aim to hit the ball at the top of the bounce, driving it into a net if possible.
Try to get a good speed going with this exercise, and you’ll soon feel like you’re getting into the swing of things.
This is a great drill to include at the start of practice since it isn’t too challenging and allows the hitter to gradually improve their technique.
6. Soft Toss
This is a simple drill, but it’s one of the most effective when it comes to improving perception, form, and rhythm.
Stand in position, and have a feeder toss the ball to you, monitoring your technique closely. Ask the feeder to take their time between throws to give you a chance to adjust your position and improve your stand.
For a little extra challenge, tell the feeder to include a few ‘fake’ throws, and watch how you respond. When the fake throw ends, you should be starting to rotate, with your back foot up and bat ready.
Take turns with this drill so that everyone gets at least ten hits in.
7. Outside Pitch Soft Toss
This is a drill for improving your technique for a specific type of toss.
Ask the feeder to throw the ball towards your back hip, and aim to hit it into the opposite field.
Try to hit the ball once it’s deep in the hitting zone, and concentrate on good form and rhythm.
Repeat this drill several times, or incorporate it into mixed hitting practice for an extra level of challenge.
8. Inside Pitch Soft Toss
This drill is basically the opposite of the previous exercise, and it teaches you how to deal with pitches on the inside part of the plate.
Ask the feeder to show you the ball, pull it back, then throw towards your front hip. It might be tricky to get rhythm, timing, and accuracy correct at first, so repeat this drill a few times.
Most players will struggle with either the inside or outside pitch soft toss, so find your personal weak point and focus on improving.
This drill is pretty much what it says on the tin.
You’ll be using a baseball bat with the end cut off, also known as a half-bat, and practice your one-handed hitting skills.
The bat is lighter and smaller which allows you to easily work on your rhythm and form.
10. Live Hitting Practice
You can practice all the fancy softball hitting drills you like, but there’s nothing better than some live hitting practice.
Grab a bucket of balls, and have the feeder throw them to you one after the other. Take occasional breaks to adjust your form or ask for feedback from your team.
Practice makes perfect, and this is the best way to get a decent amount of hitting experience.
Why Bother With Softball Hitting Drills?
Softball hitting drills are a great way to isolate a small part of your softball technique and refine it until you’re an expert.
While practice matches are great, there’s nothing better than drills for improving individual skills like coordination, rhythm, and accuracy.
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