Here’s a great video clip from 11-time NCAA champion Sue Enquist. She explains her approach for teaching the “Swing” phase of hitting mechanics – something she calls “Phase 3.” Check out the complete Softball Hitting Mechanics online clinic if you’d like to see the full 48 minute video.
Here’s a quick summary of how she teaches it:
- Maintain a slight bend in the elbow and a bend in the wrist
- Sequentially unlock front shoulder, elbow and wrist
- Keep the hands inside the path of the ball with the wrists cocked
- The hands lead the barrel of the bat
- Place the barrel of the bat on the path of the ball as soon as possible
- Upon contact, open up the hips, extend the arms, and snap the wrists
- Upon follow through, open the front toe slightly
- Keep the head still throughout the entire swing
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