How To Hit An Outside Pitch In Softball: Tips & Drills That Will Help You Excel


Softball is a sport that combines elements of power, control, and technique to create an enjoyable and challenging game. Hitting an outside pitch in softball can be difficult due to the variety of pitches thrown by the pitcher. However, with practice and proper technique, it is possible to consistently hit these pitches successfully. In this blog post, we will take a look at how to hit an outside pitch in softball so you can improve your performance on the field.

Grip & Stance

The first step in hitting an outside pitch is getting into the correct stance and grip. When gripping the bat, make sure you have a comfortable but firm grip that allows for enough flexibility when swinging through the ball. When standing on your feet during batting practice or in-game scenarios, make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart with slightly bent knees for optimal balance throughout your swing motion. This will help ensure accuracy when swinging through any type of pitch including those that are located further away from you than usual (outside pitches).

Timing & Tracking

When it comes to timing and tracking an outside pitch there are two key components: anticipation and focus on mechanics/formal training drills such as tee work or dry swings using lighter bats or weighted bats if available. It’s important to anticipate where balls may be thrown before they’re actually released from pitchers’ hands; this helps give hitters extra time to prepare their bodies for success during each swing attempt since they already know which direction/location of ball flight has been anticipated beforehand! Additionally focusing on good mechanics with formal training drills like tee work or dry swings can significantly boost awareness about body position while also reinforcing muscle memory needed when making contact against any type of pitched ball (including those located far away from batters).

Follow Through

After taking steps 1 & 2 above into consideration – it’s now time for step 3: follow-through! Make sure after each successful contact point against any type of pitched ball that follows all necessary motions until completion (i.e.: hand rotation over head as well as follow-through towards opposite side). This ensures maximum power transfer through the impact zone while also adding some force behind batted balls; thus increasing chances for successful hits even further away than usual locations(outside pitches)! Following these steps should help increase the success rate when hitting various types of pitched balls – including those located further away than usual (outside pitches).


Hitting an outside pitch in softball requires skill, anticipation, technique, and knowledge about body positioning/mechanics during each swing attempt; however with practice, one can become better at correctly timing these types of situations resulting in more consistent hits being made off farther distances! So don’t hesitate – start practicing today by following our tips outlined above so you too can increase your success rate at batting against outside pitches during the next game day!