Proficiency at the plate begins with understanding how to hit different softball pitches. To meet the ball at the right contact point, you should adjust your timing according to the pitch location. Allowing the pitch to get to this determined spot can help you drive the ball for a more solid hit.
For optimal results when hitting an inside pitch, you need to meet the ball out in front of the plate. Meeting the ball out in front can help prevent getting jammed, or when a pitch runs in on your swing. Hitting inside pitches out in front can also make for better line-drive contact, rather than weak ground balls or flyouts. A good softball hitting drill to use for inside pitches is the tee drill.
USING THE TEE
Using a tee to practice how to hit a softball thrown inside is similar to normal tee work. To simulate the inside pitch, however, you should place the tee six to 12 inches in front of home plate. This should also be where your front stride foot lands in your swing mechanics. This can help you practice pulling the ball solidly while keeping it in fair territory.
Not only can using a tee help you practice identifying your contact point; it can also assist with footwork. Understanding where you need to meet the ball can lessen your instincts to change your mechanics to direct your swing. Sometimes, players refer to this negative habit as “stepping in the bucket.” Fine-tuning your inside pitch swing can help instill positive instincts at the plate.
As always, remember not to push or steer a hit with your swing. Match your mechanics and timing to what the pitcher gives you. For inside pitches, meet the ball out in front and deliver a line drive to your pull side.