My Recommendations for The Equipment Used for Softball Hitting

I get asked all the time what is the best equipment used for softball. What equipment will help them or their children be better hitters? Does this equipment differ from the equipment used for baseball?

I personally make sure that every kid that is serious about softball, uses a batting tee. If you can't hit a ball that doesn't move, that's sitting in the middle of the plate out in the red zone correctly, how do you expect to hit a moving ball?

# 1 is a Batting Tee

There are a variety of batting tees ranging in price from $20 to over $200. Obviously there are advantages to the higher priced tees, so go for your budget.

I recommend the Instructo-Swing.

#2 is a practice bat

In our list of equipment used for softball, the second item I would get is a bat that helps encourage your swing, one with a small sweet spot.

You need to hit the ball with the correct mechanics in order to make a good hit. Then when you went to your better bat you have the advantage of both a good swing and a larger sweet spot.

This would differ from baseball in that the wood bat is what you would use for baseball practice. But wood is too heavy to make a good practice swing. So I would get an aluminum bat that fits this bill.

#3 are pitching machines

So far we may only be into this for $50, but now it starts to move up, depending on your motivation.

After you've perfected your swing, and not until then would I move on to pitching machines.

I personally like the Personal Pitcher HS that pitches golf ball sized whiffle balls and the Hitting Streak from ATEC.

For more information about Pitching Machines and other Equipment Used for Softball see our information about batting cages.

#4 are specialty items

After that there are a number of specialty items that can help to teach, correct flaws, and practice, but the main three right are listed above.

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