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Level swings produce line drives.
If you're hitting pop-ups, weak fly balls or even whiffing on too many pitches, there's a good chance you're dropping your rear shoulder as the softball approaches the plate. Keeping your shoulders fairly level will help you make better contact and hit more line drives. Focus on a few key points in your swing to keep your shoulders in line.1.
Hold the bat at no more than a 45-degree angle as you assume your stance. A greater angle may cause you to dip your back shoulder as you lower the bat into the hitting zone.2.
Lift your elbows so your upper arms are roughly parallel with the field as you await the pitch. Your front shoulder should be slightly lower than your back shoulder.3.
Focus on keeping your back shoulder up as you stride forward. Either keep your bat still or move your hands backward slightly.4.
Rotate your hips laterally and let your hands lead your bat toward the ball as you begin your swing. You may dip your back shoulder very slightly, so it's aligned with your front shoulder, depending on the pitch's location.5.
Keep your hands roughly at shoulder or chest level, if possible, throughout your swing, including the follow through. If your hands remain fairly high, your shoulders can't drop too low.6.
Bend your knees or flex your wrists to lower the bat's barrel if you must reach down for a low pitch, rather than dropping your rear shoulder excessively.
- Don't obsess about keeping your shoulders perfectly level, particularly if you're a power hitter. Hitting the ball with your rear shoulder just a bit lower than your front creates a slight upswing that lets you drive the ball into the outfield. That can lead to an extra base hit, if you make solid contact.