Thursday, January 19, 2012

What to Know About Home Run With Wiffle Ball?

Trying to hit a home run in Wiffle ball presents different challenges than trying to hit a home run in traditional baseball. Since the Wiffle ball is much lighter and is affected by the wind much more than a baseball, technique is perhaps more important than power when you try to hit a home run. According to the official Wiffle ball rules, the home run fence sits 60 feet away, but may sit as far as 100 feet from home plate. This distance is much closer than a baseball fence, but the degree of difficulty makes up for that short fence.
Step 1
Assume a comfortable stance at the plate. Spread your feet apart for good balance because a balanced stance will help you adjust to pitches of different speeds and those that reach different locations around the plate. Keep your hands near your head as you would in baseball, since hitting a Wiffle bat a long distance is based almost entirely on the timing of the bat rather than the power you generate.
Step 2
Wait for the ball to reach the plate, rather than attacking and trying to pull the ball. Wiffle balls travel significantly slower than regular baseballs, and to generate any power on the ball, you need to strike the most surface area of the ball that you can. If you reach out for a ball, there is a better chance that you will hit the top or bottom of the ball. That will most likely keep the ball from traveling far enough for a home run.
Step 3
Swing smoothly through the ball, focusing on making contact with your arms fully extended. A quick, compact swing that many baseball players use effectively will not generate the same power in Wiffle ball. Focus on hitting the outside of the ball, and that will aid you in hitting the entire ball. Swing with a slight uppercut so that you can elevate the ball for more distance, but not so much that the ball gets caught in the wind. Your best bet to hit a home run in Wiffle ball is with solid contact and driving the ball over the fence, rather than lofting it.
Step 4
Roll your wrists over after making contact, and follow through like a baseball swing. If you cut your swing short, you prevent the bat from generating the power of which it is capable. The more you practice, the more you will learn how to adapt your swing to adjust to a lightweight Wiffle ball, as well as the movement the balls as they approach the plate.

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