Key Components of the the Loading Phase Of Fastpitch Softball Hitting

by Tim Covey

Key Components of the the Loading Phase Of Fastpitch Softball Hitting

The most debated, analyzed, and scrutinized part of our game is arguably fastpitch softball hitting.  With technology that we did not have in the past, “best practices” continue to evolve.  Personally, I have changed what and how I teach hitting significantly over the past 15 years.

One of the areas that has changed recently is teaching the “loading phase of the swing.”  This is a movement back into the legs that starts the swing process.  

The loading phase is only one aspect of hitting.

Other areas of hitting include the stance, the stride/separate, and then the other elements of the actual swing and follow-through. I break down all of these elements in videos in the Covey Sports Impact Coaching Academy.

Click the video below to watch and listen to this tip, and then read some key points of this aspect of hitting below the video!


Key Elements of the Loading Phase: 

  1.  The hitter's movement should go down and back into the back leg (not ONLY back).
  2. The hitter's weight should end up on the inside part of the back foot. If the weight drifts too far back (onto the outside of the back foot) it will not allow for as efficient of weight transfer into the next phase of the swing.
  3. During the phase, notice on the video that the hands are not doing anything.  It is only the lower body that is moving at this point in the hitters swing.

While the loading phase may vary slightly from one instructor to the next, this is a part of hitting that seems to be widely accepted in the game today.  

While I do recommend players to learn how to load properly, the truth is that some excellent hitters may not do it exactly this way…which is why hitting is such a highly debated topic is softball and baseball.

Question:  Do you teach this phase of the swing to your players?  If not, what do you teach differently? Start the conversation below or over on Facebook!

Tim Covey
Tim Covey