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Softball Must Haves
To up your game, you must get stronger, smarter, and quicker. Simple as that. These softball must haves help your game while keeping it interesting.
Every day, I feel like there is a new type of softball equipment out there that is just “revolutionary” to our game. In this article, I will show you my favorite softball products ranging from cleats, to bats, to frisbees. Here is what I found most useful for my game:
The baby bat drill is one of my favorites because it breaks down your swing into two halves and really focuses on your bat path and swinging through the ball. A baby bat is really just a tee ball bat or any bat that you can swing with one arm with no problem. This bat is essential in the One Arm Tee Drill which was discussed in a recent blog post. This equipment can be found at any sporting goods store, however, I prefer to find them at thrift stores or garage sales because trust me, there is no need for it to be brand new.
"The baby bat drill is one of my favorites!"
Whether it is using an attached weight ring on your own bat or swinging a specialized weighted bat, this piece of equipment is one of my favorites. Swinging a weighted bat during practice swings or in a few drills will help increase your bat speed and help generate more power. I have especially found this helpful during a front toss drill because with the weighted barrel, you can really feel if your hitting the ball at the sweet spot. So, not only does it generate power and speed, it helps you place your barrel where it needs to be to really drive the ball.
Heavy balls / Deflated Basketballs
Just like swinging a weighted bat at regular sized balls, swinging a regular bat at heavy balls also help generate loads power. This is one of my favorite pieces of softball equipment because you are simply just swinging as hard as you can and this big round ball. Grant it, you should not stray far from your simple mechanics, but sometimes you just have to swing as hard as you can. Because many coaches focus on swinging the “correct way,” a lot of players I work with don’t realize how hard they can actually swing. Once you develop a sense of balance between swinging hard and being under control, you will see a huge increase in power in your swing. 16 inch leather softballs are what I usually use nowadays, however, I have found old deflated basketballs and volleyballs do the trick as well.
These are just a few of the equipment and drills that I believe developed me as a player throughout the years. Nobody likes doing the same drills day in and day out. Each of these help improve minor aspects of your swing while keeping hitting practice exciting.