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Having a very difficult year this year in softball.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008 by Anonymous

I am having a very difficult year this year in softball. I play shortstop on my varsity team, but my hitting is going downhill. My coaches always are nagging me because I either drop my bat, my shoulder goes up or something else. I always am popping up and I just cant get hits. My batting average has dropped from a .333 last year to a .240 this year. I hardly ever get hits and when I do they go right to people or like I said pop up. They keep trying to fix it but right when I do they find something else. I am losing all my confidence and I don't know what to do. I went from being 4th batter to 6, to 8, then off the roster. Now I'm back to 6th but I am not hitting at all. We had a tournament today and I went 0 for 8 - no hits, they all popped up or went to people and I struck out twice. Help! I want to start hitting but the nagging is just bringing my confidence down more and more and I just want to hit.


June 29, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Frozen Ropes Staff says:

Talk to your coaches and suggest they leave you alone during the games so the nagging does not become a distraction.

Hitting is about seeing the ball and proper timing. When you are missing, self-evaluate your swing. Am I early or late, am I under or over the pitch? Within an at-bat, adjust the start of your swing and the approach you take with the bat based on the answers to the questions above. Depending on where you live, a visit to a Frozen Ropes location might be helpful for your confidence and for a professional set of eyes to examine your swing. Hitting is an attitude. Believe in your abilities and spend time in the on-deck circle reviewing your " hitting checklist" ( what is important in my swing). Once you are in the batters box, expect a strike each time and let your eyes tell you when "not "to swing.

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