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In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Rob Crews is back with another great tip on bat selection, should I consider going lighter? When selecting a bat for fastpitch softball, Rob doesn’t believe in going with light bats.
Starting out with a -10, 33″, 23 oz. softball bat and stepping up to a -10, 34″, 24 oz. bat is only a 1 oz. difference. This change is so small that you won’t be able to tell the difference. It could be a factor in you getting a hit or not. So if you wanted to go from 32″ to 34″ softball bat, you probably should.
The Science Behind It:
Bat Speed & Momentum –
Velocity (squared) Multiplied by Mass (weight) = The amount of Force your generating.
So if my bat is heavier and I swing that heavier bat faster. I’m going to generate a lot more force than someone swinging a lighter bat at a faster speed.
Don’t be afraid to step up to the larger bat, this is how you will reach your potential and get your power. We need to be able to generate our own power and Rob says “Go Heavy or Go Home.”
This month on The Win Some Softball Stuff Show you can win a Three Piece Tee. Produced By Gary Leland
Watch the video to find out how to enter, and make sure to watch on the 25th of every month for our newest contest.
The new Three Piece Tee® trainer lays the proper foundation for younger players through muscle memory and grip training — consistently providing successful performance results as they advance in age and skill level.
At the core of every successful baseball or softball player is a foundation of strong mechanics and what makes for strong mechanics is proper balance. A properly balanced position is the first, and most important, building block for any player that wants to achieve their true potential and make it to the next level of competition.
Balance is Power
A common misconception among beginners is where speed and power originate. Bat speed and power are produced from a player’s balanced core and feet, not their arms and shoulders. Maintaining proper balance on the balls of their feet allows a player to quickly pivot their load foot towards the ball, squaring their hips to the ball. This means using one’s entire body — not just the arms and shoulders — to generate maximum hitting power.
In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Rob Crews covers the importance of working with a Tee for hitting practice. He recommends a good priority on Tee work in the off season, and continuing to work with a Tee throughout the pre-season and season.
3 Biggest Things:
1. Body Timing – You can work on the timing of your body before a pitch, practicing the different “landing” or “strides” of the hit.
2. Putting the Tee in different “spots” or locations around the plate where a pitch will be to practice swing placement.
3. How to create good backspin with good outward force.
When developing hitters, Rob feels people have different views on using a Tee and to continue doing what your doing if its working. But there are many of advantages to players working on their hitting and swing with a Tee. Rob believes its like a form of meditation, to visualize and see the pitch.
This is an interview I conducted with 3 time Olympic gold medalist and four-time, first-team All-American, Lisa Fernandez at the 2015 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK.- Produced By Gary Leland
In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Rob Crews covers a great topic on ideas to approaching how to hit the change up pitch. Rob
says this is one of his favorite topics, because although it may not be the most effective pitch, it is the most feared pitch in the box.
When developing hitters, Rob tells us why he feels differently than most coaches and that this pitch can often be a free home run if approached with the right mindset.
Key Take Aways:
1. Proper swing mechanics and being able to stay back.
2. Focusing on the approach and mindset before stepping into the box.
If we have a change-up pitcher who is going to throw two or three change-up pitches for one at bat, we have to make the decision to hit that pitch or let it go before you step in the batter’s box. Once you decide you can still adjust but not always a good idea depending on the hitter. Decide your change-up rules, are you going to swing at a low or high pitch, or are you going to sit on the pitch and wait for a fastball.
2 time Olympian and National Softball Hall of Fame inductee Sheila Cornell-Douty is my guest on this episode, recorded from the 2015 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK- Produced By Gary Leland