Great article on hitting the changeup

Saw a great article a few days ago on the Softball Performance blog from Marc Dagenais. Normally Marc focuses on conditioning and strength types of issues, but in this one he offered some cool strategies for hitting the changeup

I have one to add, which is really aimed at getting hitters to wait back on slower pitching than they’re used to. Telling them to “wait on it” is kind of vague. When hitters are used to seeing faster pitching (faster being a relative term), it’s hard for them to know just how long to wait.  

What I will often do is draw a line in the dirt in front of home plate, and tell them not to start their swings until the ball crosses that line. Sometimes it’s just 10 feet in front of home, other times it’s further out. Sometimes I guess wrong and it has to move. But the principle still holds.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on May 10, 2007, in Hitting. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The biggest thing you can do to hit the change up is have a very quick swing from first move of the bathead into the swing till contact. This allows you to watch the pitch flight longer and still turn on the faster pitches. The longer look gives you a much better chance at picking up movement and speed. There are mechanical things good hitters do like extending the pelvic sink time but the biggest thing you can do is have a quick swing.

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