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KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL Although the games of baseball and fastpitch softball are quite different watching a baseball game can improve your softball skills This particular tip deals with a mechanic in hitting that is mandatory to be successful It is a simple fundamental but one that must be consistently communicated in coaching fastpitch Keep your eyes on the ball If you have ever seen still photos of a baseball player hitting a homerun perhaps in the newspaper a baseball magazine or even watching a game on television you have seen this mechanic in action In most still photos the ball has already made contact with the bat and is on its way to the upper deck of the ballpark If you look at the hitters eyes however they are still focused on the contact point- where the ball has just met the bat This is extremely important in becoming a great hitter whether you play softball or baseball To back this thought up watch a professional hitters head and more specifically his eyes Youll see that his eyes follow the ball along its entire path from the pitchers hand until it makes contact with the bat Additionally he keeps his eyes trained on the contact point long after the ball has been hit You can actually see his head move as his eyes follow the ball Try it and you will see what I mean I stress this fundamental because todays softball pitcher is throwing the ball with more velocity and more movement than ever before Now more than ever you must keep your eye on the ball as it makes contact with the bat or you will miss it Often times in an effort to watch a well-hit ball sail into the outfield a hitter will lift their head and take their eyes off of the contact point In this scenario the ball will probably never have
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