Baseball swing vs. Slowpitch softball swing - Fantasy Baseball Cafe 2015 Fantasy Baseball Cafe
100% Deposit Bonus for Cafe Members!

Return to General Talk

Baseball swing vs. Slowpitch softball swing

Moderator: Baseball Moderators

Postby Lofunzo » Wed May 24, 2006 6:27 pm

acsguitar wrote:Waiting on the ball in softball is the key. I play baseball and softball and I have a harder time somtimes in softball due to waiting


This is true. Waiting is key. I have played with a lot of great baseball hitter who struggled because of that. You might want to try a 6-12' league before going to an unlimited league. I pitch in an unlimited league.
Image
Lofunzo
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe RankerEagle EyeHockey ModPick 3 Weekly Winner
Posts: 23698
(Past Year: 11)
Joined: 9 Jul 2003
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: Central Jersey

Postby Lofunzo » Wed May 24, 2006 6:27 pm

Tavish wrote:Softball is becoming a major joke unless you play in HR-limited league. A top of the line ASA legal bat can still let an average hitter slap the ball out of 330 ft parks (which is usually the upper end of softball fields). Even worse is to play in unregulated tourneys. Everyone and their grandmas are hitting 400 ft pop-flys with an Ultra II.


The Ultra II was banned years ago. At least here it was. Do you play in a 6-12' league??
Image
Lofunzo
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe RankerEagle EyeHockey ModPick 3 Weekly Winner
Posts: 23698
(Past Year: 11)
Joined: 9 Jul 2003
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: Central Jersey

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed May 24, 2006 6:44 pm

RugbyD wrote:I like to try and get as much power out of an opposite-field swing as I do out of a pull swing b/c people will always play the shift, especially in the first AB. To do this, I don't get in a hitting stance until i know where the ball if going to land and just reposition myself to take a regular cut facing towards the other field somewhat. Works great for deep strikes.

timing it still the key though. the best advice is wait wait wait wait wait.


I do the same thing. I bat right, but it's so easy to move that right foot back and go opposite field.

I play in a limited HR league too. I can't imagine playing in an unlimited league. I think that would kind of take the fun out of it. I'm a speedy leadoff guy. I don't hit many HRs.
Omaha Red Sox
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
CafeholicCafe WriterCafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle Eye
Posts: 11421
(Past Year: 4)
Joined: 29 Jun 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Probably over there

Postby Tavish » Wed May 24, 2006 6:53 pm

Lofunzo wrote:
Tavish wrote:Softball is becoming a major joke unless you play in HR-limited league. A top of the line ASA legal bat can still let an average hitter slap the ball out of 330 ft parks (which is usually the upper end of softball fields). Even worse is to play in unregulated tourneys. Everyone and their grandmas are hitting 400 ft pop-flys with an Ultra II.


The Ultra II was banned years ago. At least here it was.


The Ultra II was banned really fast in USSSA events and it was the next year they banned it in ASA. But you can still find unregulated (ie Outlaw) tourneys and leagues where anything goes. I've played in a few of those and probably never will again. There is a very good reason bats like those are illegal.

Do you play in a 6-12' league??

Mostly I do, at least its supposed to be. The City League here in Topeka is supposed to be run under ASA rules (the 6-12) but they go much more by batter height - twice batter height (which usually isn't all that different anyways).
Image

Bury me a Royal.
Tavish
Mod in Retirement
Mod in Retirement

User avatar
CafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe WriterCafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle EyeCafe SpotterWeb Supporter
Posts: 11071
(Past Year: 23)
Joined: 3 May 2004
Home Cafe: Baseball

Postby Lofunzo » Wed May 24, 2006 6:56 pm

Tavish wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:
Tavish wrote:Softball is becoming a major joke unless you play in HR-limited league. A top of the line ASA legal bat can still let an average hitter slap the ball out of 330 ft parks (which is usually the upper end of softball fields). Even worse is to play in unregulated tourneys. Everyone and their grandmas are hitting 400 ft pop-flys with an Ultra II.


The Ultra II was banned years ago. At least here it was.


The Ultra II was banned really fast in USSSA events and it was the next year they banned it in ASA. But you can still find unregulated (ie Outlaw) tourneys and leagues where anything goes. I've played in a few of those and probably never will again. There is a very good reason bats like those are illegal.

Do you play in a 6-12' league??

Mostly I do, at least its supposed to be. The City League here in Topeka is supposed to be run under ASA rules (the 6-12) but they go much more by batter height - twice batter height (which usually isn't all that different anyways).


I would never pitch in a 6-12' league let alone 1 that allows the Ultra II to be used. Way too dangerous.
Image
Lofunzo
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe RankerEagle EyeHockey ModPick 3 Weekly Winner
Posts: 23698
(Past Year: 11)
Joined: 9 Jul 2003
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: Central Jersey

Postby Tavish » Wed May 24, 2006 6:59 pm

Just realized I just ranted and didn't respond to the actual question. :-o


There really isn't too much difference between a softball and baseball swing. Its much more of a mental thing. Alot of people will either be over-anxious when they see the ball floating in looking as big as a beach ball and end up being so far out in front they pull every pitch way foul or chop it into the dirt, or they will slow their bat speed down to match the speed the ball is coming in which will lead to a ton of pop-flys.

Just get some time in at the batting cages and work on hitting the sweet spot of the bat every time while keeping your bat-speed up. Once you get that down you can worry about directional hitting by changing when you start your swing.
Image

Bury me a Royal.
Tavish
Mod in Retirement
Mod in Retirement

User avatar
CafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe WriterCafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle EyeCafe SpotterWeb Supporter
Posts: 11071
(Past Year: 23)
Joined: 3 May 2004
Home Cafe: Baseball

Postby Lofunzo » Wed May 24, 2006 7:03 pm

Tavish wrote:Just realized I just ranted and didn't respond to the actual question. :-o


There really isn't too much difference between a softball and baseball swing. Its much more of a mental thing. Alot of people will either be over-anxious when they see the ball floating in looking as big as a beach ball and end up being so far out in front they pull every pitch way foul or chop it into the dirt, or they will slow their bat speed down to match the speed the ball is coming in which will lead to a ton of pop-flys.

Just get some time in at the batting cages and work on hitting the sweet spot of the bat every time while keeping your bat-speed up. Once you get that down you can worry about directional hitting by changing when you start your swing.


I agree. There is a big difference between 6-12' and unlimited arch, though. It is a lot easier to hit a flat pitch (obviously). Hitting a pitch from the clouds requires more skill. Some people are just great hitters no matter what but most have to work at hitting a high pitch.
Last edited by Lofunzo on Wed May 24, 2006 7:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Image
Lofunzo
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe RankerEagle EyeHockey ModPick 3 Weekly Winner
Posts: 23698
(Past Year: 11)
Joined: 9 Jul 2003
Home Cafe: Baseball
Location: Central Jersey

Postby Tavish » Wed May 24, 2006 7:03 pm

Lofunzo wrote:
Tavish wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:
Tavish wrote:Softball is becoming a major joke unless you play in HR-limited league. A top of the line ASA legal bat can still let an average hitter slap the ball out of 330 ft parks (which is usually the upper end of softball fields). Even worse is to play in unregulated tourneys. Everyone and their grandmas are hitting 400 ft pop-flys with an Ultra II.


The Ultra II was banned years ago. At least here it was.


The Ultra II was banned really fast in USSSA events and it was the next year they banned it in ASA. But you can still find unregulated (ie Outlaw) tourneys and leagues where anything goes. I've played in a few of those and probably never will again. There is a very good reason bats like those are illegal.

Do you play in a 6-12' league??

Mostly I do, at least its supposed to be. The City League here in Topeka is supposed to be run under ASA rules (the 6-12) but they go much more by batter height - twice batter height (which usually isn't all that different anyways).


I would never pitch in a 6-12' league let alone 1 that allows the Ultra II to be used. Way too dangerous.


I remember the first year the bat hit the scene big time. The biggest part of the catcher's job was to yell out to everyone whether or not the guy was swinging a U-2. It was ridiculous to watch the entire team shift back 15' just to feel safer. I would guess that even now with tighter regulations on the bats that about half of the pitchers in our league wear some type of catcher/hockey gear. Shinguards and masks are fairly regular.
Image

Bury me a Royal.
Tavish
Mod in Retirement
Mod in Retirement

User avatar
CafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe WriterCafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle EyeCafe SpotterWeb Supporter
Posts: 11071
(Past Year: 23)
Joined: 3 May 2004
Home Cafe: Baseball

Postby duckmonkey » Thu May 25, 2006 3:34 pm

Just watch some Tim Wakefield games instead of Randy Johnson games.


I hate slow-pitch, I hate waiting for the ball to get to me just to slap it over people's heads.

Girls don't even do slow-pitch any more.
duckmonkey
College Coach
College Coach

User avatar

Posts: 268
Joined: 11 Jul 2005
Home Cafe: Baseball

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu May 25, 2006 3:39 pm

duckmonkey wrote:Just watch some Tim Wakefield games instead of Randy Johnson games.


I hate slow-pitch, I hate waiting for the ball to get to me just to slap it over people's heads.

Girls don't even do slow-pitch any more.


When you get old and have to work 50-60 hours a week, you have to adapt.
Omaha Red Sox
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
CafeholicCafe WriterCafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle Eye
Posts: 11421
(Past Year: 4)
Joined: 29 Jun 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Probably over there

PreviousNext

Return to General Talk

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests

Forums Articles & Tips Sleepers Rankings Leagues


Get Ready...
The 2015 MLB season starts in 17:16 hours
(and 91 days)

  • Fantasy Baseball
  • Article Submissions
  • Privacy Statement
  • Site Survey 
  • Contact