Swing Initiation – Softball Hitting Drill

Softball Article By: Emily Paolasso


For hitters to develop a smooth stride and rhythm.

What's Needed

  • Bats
  • Softballs


30 Minutes

How the Drill Works

  • The batter takes a batting stance
  • Lift the back heel slightly
  • Then lift the front heel as you come back down on the back heel
  • Feel your weight rocking toward, then away, from the pitcher
  • Develop a rhythm as you rock back and forth on a four-count: back heel, front heel, back heel, front heel
  • On the last count, turn the front knee and shoulder in slightly, then swing.

Softball Coaching Tips

  • With this exercise, practice makes perfect!
  • Do 10 reps per session

Why this Drill Works

  • The last rock coils your body, giving you the power to transfer into your swing.