Softball Hitting – Why Staying Loose is Important

When it comes down to hitting, every body wants to hit the ball hard and with power.  Of course, the first natural reflex when we need to generate more strength and power is to “flex” our muscles to generate greater forces. It’s a normal reflex as more muscles are contracting = more forces being produced.

However, “flexing” your muscles before you hit is counter-productive. Flexed muscles are tensed muscles. Tensed muscles are slow muscles. Slow muscles = slow bat speed. Slow bat speed = reduced power.

What you need to do is stay loose until you are ready to fire. In other words, you stay “loosey-goosey” to use a term I heard Coach Murphy used before until you are ready to attack the ball. Anything you do before should be done while being relaxed. Watch the following video for more explanation about this important physiological principle.

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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 November 28, 2009, in Hitting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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