Last edited by straightleg; 08-19-2012 at 04:35 PM.
After softball ride
I have moved all the other arguments to two different threads. Please keep this one focused on specifics for NewBucketDad's daughter, and not yet another theoretical discussion about hitting generally. If you have some suggestions for this 8 year old, offer them up. Otherwise, use the other threads to speak in the abstract.
OK I took her up to the field today to hit some softballs instead of wiffles. She used to be a dead pull hitter occasionally some to the opposite field with a faster pitcher but not hard hits. Today a lot of opposite field hard shots and a lot of up the middle straight away center. She pulled one ball to left center and hit a way better percentage of quality hits.
I think its a big improvement the only thing I am worried about now is I think she has way more power but she wont turn on a ball and drive it to left field. I think she understands how much quicker her bat speed is and shes comfortable taking it the other way.
I did notice on some hits she would stop her swing no follow through. I would have to remind her to swing all the way through.
You have her learn how to hit the ball where it's pitched with power vs always pulling (but with a little extra power) you are WAY ahead of the game
If she is driving them up the middle and hitting with more power. Those both sound good to me.
RHD helps with the feeling if she is not going all the way through the swing.
Sometimes the girls wont turn enough. Think there is an eye on the center of the chest. Hitting up the middle is the third eye pointing to the pitcher?
Its fun for me to see the girls have fun and success. My hard work at it and knowing guys like Howard.
Howard is an amazing guy.
He figures out ways first to keep it simple. Second for the kid to feel it. Third we all know it now, lets say it together...... Fix it.
Last edited by straightleg; 08-24-2012 at 08:34 AM.
After softball ride
Richk is correct about hit the ball where it is pitched. Always pulling the ball is not always a good thing. Waiting for the ball to get deeper is also good to learn. If she was using the high leg kick that makes for a longer swing pattern, when not started early enough. Maybe the reason for stopping her swing at contact is simply she is 8. The force of the pitch ball compared to the force of her swing. Still, doing great for her age. She looks impressive.