My response was that hitting with power is a relative to each individual. Some kids will never hit a home run in a fenced park, while others have the ability to hit it way out of the park?
The reality to hitting with power in Fastpitch Softball or baseball is working with what you were born with first. Strengthening the core swing muscles, working on building the quick fibers within these muscles so that you're not only strong, but quick as well. Legs, Abs, Hips, Lower Back, Shoulders/Triceps, Forearms and Wrists, yes, there are a lot of moving parts to a powerful swing. But all the muscles in the world mean nothing if you don't have the right swing mechanics. Have you ever seen a big strong slow pitch player who can hit a lob ball well over 300 feet try to hit a decent fastpitch pitcher? It really is a sad sight. You see without the right swing mechanics tied into the developed strength, hitting with power happens more often by accident than it does by design.
Strength Training for Fastpitch Softball
This time of year is the perfect time of year to get into a strength program to build your core swing muscles. Start slow and don't expect your body to change overnight. Remember you're not trying to become a body builder here, you are just working on getting stronger and faster. Don't forget to make stretching part of this program, as you're not trying to get big as much as you're trying to get stronger and quicker. Add sprints to this program, or running stairs this is great for your cardio as well as building leg speed.
I will not get too deep into this here, but in order to hit with power you have to understand how to generate bat head speed. Again this is going to be relative to each hitter. Hitting with power for the little second baseman on your team may mean working with them to hit more line drives. While they may never hit one out of the park teaching them the right approach to get to the ball and using the body properly in the swing will produce more powerful line drives. If you're interested in learning more about these swing mechanics please use the form below and we'll shoot you out our information on building a stronger faster swing for fastpitch softball.