How to Grip a Softball Bat

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When gripping a softball bat, it's important to keep the fingers loose and relaxed in order to promote quicker bat speed. Discover how to do an exercise to improve a softball swing with help from a head softball coach and athletic director in this free video on gripping a softball bat.

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Hello everybody my name is Mark Schusterman, I'm the head softball coach and athletic director at the Gulliver Schools in Miami, Florida. In this clip we are going to show you how to grip a softball bat. The first thing we are going to do is we are going to lay the bat in front of us, and as you can see we are holding it with our fingers. Inside of our fingers we are not gripping it with our palm. This is wrong, we are not looking for a vice grip. We are looking for a nice relaxed grip so that the bat has good bat speed, which is very important when swinging. You will see right now in a little demonstration as the girls close their fists we are going to be punching our fists. As you see that you see how difficult the speed is that is generated from my hands. The next thing that we are going to do is we are going to open those fists, and now if you just sit there and watch your fist, watch your hand swing you will see how much quicker the motion is of your hand. The reason behind that is now we are going to go back to our grip. You see our thumbs, well we are not really swinging a golf club, but you are going to see their hands they are now going to grip it. It's a lose grip. It is not very tight, it is not a vice grip, it is nice and loose. Now they are going to turn and get in their stance, and as you see you will see how nice and easy that grip is. And now we are going to demonstrate a little exercise which shows exactly what we are doing when we want that nice loose grip, and it also shows that we are on our technique is good, stance, step, trigger, throw the bat. When we threw the bat the bat should have gone straight, and that would have meant that we were on track with a nice loose grip, and a good follow through, finish and follow through. This has been Mark Schusterman, thank you for watching.

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