Clinician: Natasha Watley, USA Softball
Timing is critically important when slapping. Swinging too early or too late often leads to a missed hit. USA Softball’s Natasha Watley suggests waiting to begin the swing until the pitcher’s descent or just as she releases the ball, then hitting the ball deep and off the left hip. Hand position plays a role as well, but it varies depending on a player’s preferences. For more timing tips along with pointers on hand position, watch the video.