How to Hit to the Opposite Field in Softball

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Once you are advanced in your hitting technique and are comfortable at the plate, you may want to consider hitting to the opposite field. This can be a good way to advance your teammates on base.

  • Attempt hitting to the opposite field only if you're an advanced player. This skill is not for beginners.

  • Hit to the opposite field to advance a runner on base. You'll want to hit toward the base behind the runner, so even if you ground out, the runner will advance. Of course, this move won't work so well if your ground out is the final out of the inning.

  • Look for an outside pitch, which will make your hit to the opposite field easier.

  • Swing late on the ball. Be patient and wait longer than normal.

  • "Go with the ball as it's offered," says Ray VanderMay, women's softball coach at Seton Hall University. Sometimes the pitcher will offer you an outside pitch with no one on base, forcing you to hit to the opposite field. See what you can do with it.

Tips & Warnings

  • "It's definitely a practice thing," says VanderMay. Practice on a batting tee or with pitching machines.
  • Softball is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek the proper equipment and training before undertaking this activity.

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