I have a client who wants to do better in softball. He plays in the outfield and he says that he hits with power but the ball goes down not up. What type of drills can I give him to help his play in the field and how can I help his swing?
Thank you for the question. The best thing you can do at this time with your client is to provide dynamic, multi-planar abdominal and trunk stability while increasing his balance. This will increase intersegmental stability of the spinal column and allow your client to produce more rotational power, simply because he can stabilize more forces. Balance training increases recruitment, synchronization, and rate coding of the motor units, which allow for increased performance while lowering the risk of injury. Look for topics on core stability in Personal Training on the Net (by searching keywords) and also core exercises in the library. There are some new multi-planar exercises in the library.
As far as helping him with his swing, your best resource would be to find a professional hitting instructor in your area. Generally speaking, if your client reports that he hits for power, but the ball goes down and not up…that is a hitting technique question. One best answered by a hitting professional.