If you need fresh ideas for [tag]fastpitch softball drills[/tag], try this hitting drill. This [tag]softball drill[/tag] emphasizes using the body during your swing.   Worthy of note is that this is a [tag]fastpitch softball[/tag] swing and not a baseball swing!

The [tag]softball coach[/tag] stands in the batters box with a tee and a ball ready to be hit.   The batter holds a boat paddle (or row paddle) with her left hand on the end and the right hand far up the handle.   Both hands should be on top of the paddle, just like you are rowing in a boat.   Hold the paddle at your waist with the wide part of the paddle facing towards the catcher’s position and parallel to the ground.   To swing– rotate the hips, bringing the paddle around and make contact with the ball.

Variation #1:   hold a bat using the same grip as above, closely resembling a bunt grip but with the right hand over the bat instead of under.   Rotate the hips and body to hit the ball off of the tee.

Variation #2a:   hold a bat using a regular hitters grip.   Place bat against the hip bone facing towards the catcher.   Rotate the body around, leaving the bat at the hip position.

Variation #2b:   same as 2a, but place a soccer ball or basketball on the tee to really emphasize rotating the hips and using the legs on the swing.