Most softball coaches agree that speed doesn't slump. Now 2x Big 12 Coach of the Year Ehren Earleywine helps you take advantage of your team speed using effective slap hitting mechanics.
Coach Earleywine begins by presenting a few of the major goals of slapping. He discusses the three different types of slaps - The Tap Slap, Regular Slap and Power Slap - and the mechanics needed to be consistent from the plate regardless of the pitch. For each type of slap, Earleywine shows video of his Missouri slappers and has a few of his players demonstrate correct and incorrect mechanics.
Next, Coach Earleywine reveals four variations of footwork that slappers can utilize. As his players demonstrate the footwork, he discusses the pros and cons for each. He also discusses slappers having either slow or fast feet, and the benefits and drawbacks of both.
Coach Earleywine moves on to the hands and introduces four different types of grips that slappers can use. He covers the correct positioning of the hands, bat angle, and approach to the ball for slappers. Earleywine talks about the ideal bat plane for a slapper and how that bat plane will vary based on the type of pitch they are thrown. He has his players demonstrate and shows video to further explain his approach.
You'll also hear Coach Earleywine's discuss his coaching philosophy on slapping. He talks about when to slap, some common situations when slapping would be an ideal weapon, and which type of slap to use. He also points out a few situations when slapping would not be a go-to strategy. Finally, Earleywine offers some general tips to slappers about strategy and practice ideas.
Use Coach Earleywine's mechanics and strategy ideas to turn your slappers into base hit machines!
65 minutes. 2013.
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This tape delivers on the title. Lots of slow motion video, three good examples with different hitters and some good information on the power and tap slap that were new to me. A greater discussion of numbers and criteria for making some one a slapper would have been nice but this seems like a terrific place to start learning about teaching slap technique. Very pleased. I will buy more from this series and this coach.
I thought this video was great! I'm working with a HS slapper & the instruction is very well though-out. Coach also uses 3 of his players to demonstrate the types of slaps described or techniques used. Very well done!
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