Posts - 2/5 - The Hitting Vault

During part two of our six questions to ask your softball hitters we continue to focus on mindset. Failure is inevitable as a softball hitter, even the best hitters in the world will fail 7 out of 10 times at the plate. How players get from good to great is by responding to those failures […]

There are hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of baseball drills out there, but the best drills focus on the right movements and can be practiced from an early age all the way to the high school or even professional level. The beauty of The Hitting Vault is that Coach Lisle shares over  70 hitting drills […]

At practice we as coaches tend to spend most, if not all of our hitting time on the mechanics of the swing and getting reps in BP. A few years ago after realizing that we had some players who had perfect mechanics and weren’t hitting above .200, I chose to reevaluate what were we doing […]

A hot topic over the years in hitting has been the debate over whether a baseball swing and softball swing are different. Let me preface my answer to this debate by saying, I’ve been in “the game” almost 40 years now. Have coached for over 17 of them. 13 in baseball and 4 in softball. […]

As coaches we always talk to our players about having a “Two Strike Approach” (meaning what we do at the plate differently when we have two strikes). The majority of coaches teach their hitters (as I did for several years) to choke up, spread their feet out, get their front foot down early, and to […]

If you’ve been following baseball closely over the last few years you’ve probably heard the commentators or even the players and coaches talking about Launch Angles. Launch Angles is a very hot topic in baseball and among hitting coaches and hitters across the country. What is Launch Angle? According to the MLB Glossary: Launch Angle […]

When working with any youth softball player it is critical to have a good mix of drills to develop strong habits and the foundations of an elite swing. Most of the time, It does not matter if you are playing at the professional level or just getting started at a young age, good drills are […]

For all of our young hitters out there, it’s important to find a balance between boring drills and movements, and exciting drills to help build the foundation of their swing. As Coach Lisle always likes to say, “we trick our players with drills.” Especially at a young age, tricking your youth hitters with drills are […]

No matter what type of bat or ball you are using, or what level you are playing, there are two things that will determine your power output–how fast the ball leaves the bat and whether you are putting the ball on the ground or in the air. The metrics we use to measure these are […]