The batters usually step forward with the front foot, the body weight shifts forward, as the batter simultaneously swings the bat.
However the batter, in order to hit the ball the right way, should take care of the right stride length. Stride length is the distance between the successive contact of the same foot on the ground. It is where the balloon drills help the players to better their technique of hitting the ball.
Balloon drill will teach the player to take the right stride length while hitting the ball.
During this drill, the player needs to remember only one thing, Don’t drop the balloon.
Coming to the most important part you all must be thinking, how the drill works.
Well in order to begin with the drill, you need nearly filled balloons, avoid to feel them too much as they can pop easily. After the player gets ready with his gear, the bat and the helmet, place the balloon between the batter’s thighs. Ask the batter to assume his/her batting stance. When the batter strides forward in order to swing the bat and hit the ball, they should also keep the balloon from falling on the ground. If the balloon falls, it means the player is taking a stride too large and it should be shortened.
Balance is extremely crucial in softball. It is required in making contact with the ball and helps the players in developing a hitting consistency. If the stride is too large, this balance is thrown off and the player is not able to power hit.
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