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Discussion: ~~~TIMING~~~

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Dec. 6, 2013
121 posts

I am sure that all of you know that the BEST SWING in the world means nothing if the TIMING is "OFF".

Swinging too soon or too late most likely results in a poor contact hit if at all.

And yes, I know practice is a great help.

But what do you use under the pressure during game situations?

Like the winning run is on 3rd with 2 out in the bottom half of the last inning.

So my question is:

What technique or method do you use to help insure your timing will be "ON" during a game?

Dec. 6, 2013
Men's 50
94 posts
Two deep breaths and a quick peek at the 1-6 and 5-6 holes. All you need is a single.
Dec. 6, 2013
Bubble Gum
121 posts

I know of several hitting timing mechanisms that seem to work well.

Some guys do a toe tap like Chipper Jones and Sammy Sosa used to do.

Dec. 6, 2013
Men's 55
23 posts
I just think about hitting the ball hard. Keep it simple.
Dec. 6, 2013
1606 posts
I try not to think. Gets me in trouble most every time!!
Dec. 7, 2013
Wayne 37
Men's 60
397 posts
Just look for a pitch that is over the plate from about the armpits to the belt high. Take a nice fluid swing. Follow through. When I'm healthy, and am able to do this, I'm usually pretty successful.

Just haven't been too healthy the last couple of years for the most part. Frustrating.
Dec. 7, 2013
Pull My Finger
81 posts

Some guys like to start at or near of the back of the batters box. When the ball is pitched they stutter step about 2-3 steps forward to hit the ball.
Dec. 7, 2013
Men's 50
71 posts
When you are under pressure you are going to tense up so you have 2 choices.
1. you can try to think of something not related to softball to break that tense moment.
2. you can fight the feeling by actually tensing up.
As soon as the pitcher starts to throw you squeeze the bat as hard as you can.
You can only do that for a second so as you start your swing you are actually more relaxed and will swing smoother.
Dec. 8, 2013
Az Iz
64 posts

I've talked to several good hitters that are "Steppers".

From what I understand the "Steppers" started "stepping" when they got into playing softball.

I learned that the "stepping" is not going to give the hitter any significant amount of higher bat speed.

They start their "stepping" as soon as the ball leaves the pitchers hand, figuring that by the time they take a few steps forward the ball will be arriving in their hitting zone. It is a way of timing their swing to the ball.

As one told me "It gives me something to do while I'm waiting for the ball".

For these guys it seems to work well. I've tried it but I guess it's just too much moving around and changing angles for my liking.

Dec. 8, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
well if ya have to think about this,your already sunk....ya should go up relishing the thought to be able win the game for your team
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