Baseball and Softball Hitting Blog

My National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 2017 Convention Highlights

My National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 2017 Convention Highlights

I just returned from my first National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Convention. Over 1600 college, high school, and travel coaches…

How Fast Is Your Baseball/Softball Swing?

How Fast Is Your Baseball/Softball Swing?

This is one of the chapters from my new book, Hitting with Torque: For Baseball and Softball Hitters. The eight…

New Look

New Look

I'm pleased to unveil the redesigned Hitting with Torque website. Thanks to Frey Design Group, it will now be easier to…

The Truth About Launch Angle

The Truth About Launch Angle

The talk of Major League Baseball this past season was the record number of home runs. The previous record of…

Hitting With Torque–The Book

Hitting With Torque–The Book

To all the loyal visitors from around the world who visit this baseball and softball hitting site, I want say thanks! Even…

Stay Tuned—Hitting With Torque (The Book!)

Stay Tuned—Hitting With Torque (The Book!)

Look for an exciting announcement about my new book, Hitting With Torque---For Baseball and Softball Players. Available later this year.…

The Problems With Little League Hitting Mechanics

The end of summer can be disappointing for students and teachers who have to go back to school or families…

Best Laid Plans

I haven't posted anything since the beginning of the college season, because I have been busy working with baseball and…

Fixing Jason Heyward’s Swing Is Simple

Hey Jason Heyward! Make an adjustment! One of my favorite coaching phrases when a player is making the same physical…

Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

It has been awhile since I posted a hitting article on this site. Rest assured, I didn't run out of hitting topics.…

Pass It On…

As I was walking through the airport, this billboard (above) caught my eye. I'm a sucker for a picture of any Little…

Don’t Get Caught Flat-footed

Here is a quick and easy tip to help baseball and softball hitters react quicker and more athletically to the pitched ball without…

Softball, Friends, and Ice Cream!

After a fun season, it's always fun to celebrate with friends, family, and teammates.   Pictured are Kelly Thornton (top)…

Courage and Conviction–A Transgender Story

Photo courtesy of Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer-Daily Herald During my first hitting lesson with Lauren Logan, I could tell she was…

If You Love The Game…

As I was watching a behind-the-scenes documentary about the University of Connecticut Women's Basketball Team, I was trying to figure…

Mike Piazza–Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Mike Piazza–Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Congratulations to Mike Piazza on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. As an Italian…

2015 Hitting Year In Pictures

2015 Hitting Year In Pictures

Here are some of the memorable Hitting With Torque images from 2015.  Happy New Year! [gallery ids="1907,1912,1903,1926,2007,2015,1993,2084,2081,2154,2213,2240,2163,2267,2347,2421,2446,2476,2509,2720,2794,2827,3166,2965,3244,3993,3365,3453,3429,3588,3585,3594,2619,3584,3636,3659,3943,3590" type="rectangular"]    

A Christmas Hitting List

Dear Santa, Here is a Christmas list for baseball and softball hitters:  A batting helmet with built-in speakers connected to a play list…

Quiet Bats Produced A LOUD Championship For The Kansas City Royals

The baseball world marveled over the patience, discipline, and timely hitting displayed by the Kansas City Royals as they beat…

Hitting With Torque—Josh Donaldson

Check out this ESPN Sports Science video analyzing the swing of Josh Donaldson. If you have been reading this blog,…

The Secrets Behind Marisa Arriaga’s Softball Hitting Trick

Marisa Arriaga became an instant celebrity after the video of her softball hitting trick went viral on social media. I…

Hitting Ruled The 2015 WBSC Junior World Softball Championship

As promised, here is my honest assessment of the hitting approaches and mechanics of the teams that participated at the 2015 WBSC…

Team USA Wins Gold In Oklahoma City!

What a great week of international softball in Oklahoma City. Even though I was only at the 2015 WBSC Junior…

The Italian Dynamic Duo

* This picture is courtesy of Ezio Ratti One of the reasons I wanted to attend the 2015 WBSC Junior…

The World Comes To HIT in Oklahoma City

I will be traveling to Oklahoma City to watch some great softball at The 2015 WBSC Junior Women's World Championship. In…

Story of My Life

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What is a “Duck Snort”?

Baseball and softball have a rhythm. Part of the rhythm is the constant chatter by players, coaches, announcers, and spectators. …

The Grind?

I read a review in the Wall Street Journal for a baseball book titled, The Grind, written by Barry Svrluga.  The…

Kasey Cooper—Must See TV

UPDATE:  With Auburn in the 2016 Women's College World Series, this post has been very popular the past few weeks. Here is…

Barn of Dreams

I'm not sure what it is about Iowa, but I seem to be inspired whenever I visit this great state. After…

Hitting With Torque Goes Global

WordPress.com recently provided a detailed summary of the traffic for Hitting With Torque in 2014.  To my surprise, people in…

The Dominican Natural

He has never had a hitting lesson.  His baseball shoes are sandals. He has never seen a baseball game on television.…

Softball, Baseball, and Mission in the Dominican Republic

I recently had the privilege to travel with the Wheaton College Softball Team to the Dominican Republic for a week of softball and…

2014 Hitting Year In Pictures

I received positive feedback from the "2013 Hitting Year in Pictures", so I decided to do it again. Hopefully, you…

Ruy Martinez—“Big” Power Hitter!

I love the Little League World Series!  I love Ruy Martinez! Like last year, some of the best hitters in the…

Take A Break!

I have received several Emails recently asking why my last post was in back in early June.  My response is…

Hitting Ugly

I look forward to the high school and college playoffs every year to see the best hitters on the best teams. What…

Alex Hugo—Must See TV

I was recently doing some work on my computer with a college softball game on television in the background.  When…

Touching Them All

I love it when the human Spirit overshadows a game that seemed like the most important thing in the world.  Sportsmanship…

Picture “Perfect” Swing

I am often asked to evaluate the swings of baseball and softball hitters by analyzing hitting videos.  I use a video analysis app…

Chicks (Should) Dig The Long Ball

Back in 1999, Nike made a commercial starring pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine with the catchy tag line "Chicks dig the…

Watering Bamboo (Part One)

Two years ago, I was giving a hitting lesson to a talented high school softball hitter.  Before I began working…

Sundays, Softball, and Spirituality

More and more youth sporting events are being scheduled on Sundays, which makes this a very relevant topic. I think…

Viewing Softball Skills Videos at the Field with QR Code

This is a great idea for high school baseball and softball players seeking college scholarships. I would assume many video…

Start The New Year Ripping Like Ripken

What better way to begin the new year than watching and learning from one of the greatest hitters in baseball…

Hitting New Year’s Resolutions

Here are some New Year's resolutions for baseball and fastpitch softball hitters: I will... never try to pull an outside…

2013 Hitting Year In Pictures

I have written thousands of words to describe my thoughts on hitting since this past May.  Instead of more words, I will…

Meet The Inventor Of The Swing Speed Radar

Several years ago, an advertisement in a baseball magazine for a device to measure bat speed caught my eye.  Before I…

A Thanksgiving of Hitting

I thought it would be fun to list what I am thankful for as a baseball and softball hitting instructor. I'm…

How To Improve Bat Speed—Conditioning or Mechanics?

I recently visited a hitting discussion board (yes, I need to get a life) and read the comments on the topic…

Girl Power!

While visiting my wife's family farm in Washington, Iowa this weekend, I had the privilege to conduct a hitting clinic…

Why Does David Ortiz “Rake”?

[wpvideo D6WtrRor] For all of you not familiar with the baseball slang "rake", it refers to a hitter who is hitting…

Byrd of a Different Feather…

When I watched Marlon Byrd hit a home run in the recent Wild Card Playoff Game, I was not happy.…

When Should Young Players Take Hitting Seriously?

  When I was in little league, using a wood bat to hit was my only option.    Unlike the metal…

Questions?

If anyone has any hitting questions you would like answered, feel free to send an email to me at paulpetricca@gmail.com. …

World Class Little League Hitting Mechanics

I love watching the World Series.  No, not that one...the Little League World Series.  Today was the final game between two…

A Balancing Act

The summer is nearly over and all the baseball and softball summer tournament champions have been crowned.  Many players will…

The Truth About Steroids

On the eve of more suspensions in baseball, I wanted to weigh in on the advantage players gain by taking steroids. …

Crushing The Ball (Literally)

  One of my high school softball hitters sent this picture of Miguel Cabrera actually CRUSHING a baseball.  He is the most…

Patrick Kane’s Baseball Swing

Ok, so the title of this post is a little deceiving. I doubt Patrick Kane could be a great baseball hitter,…

One Size Fits All

I went to watch two pretty bad baseball teams today-----Cubs vs. Astros at Wrigley Field.  As usual, I arrived at the…