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Building a Championship Slapper

Building a Championship Slapper

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with Sharonda McDonald, LSU Volunteer Coach; former Assistant Coach at Ohio University; 4x All Big 12 performer at Texas A&M; is second all time on Texas A&M's career hits list (249) and holds the program's sixth-best career average (.338); won the 2005 Golden Shoe Award as the nation's best best runner (led the nation with 48 steals that year); a six year National Pro Fastpitch career that has included an All-Rookie team selection, an All Star honor, and in 2012 shared the NPF's Golden Spikes Award (given to the player that led the league in stolen bases)

As the common phrase goes, `speed doesn't slump.' In this DVD, Sharonda McDonald shares the mechanics, strategy and 20+ drills for multiple types of slaps and bunts.

Coach McDonald teaches and demonstrates correct footwork, the crossover step, and the ideal contact position that will improve your slappers' ball placement to the left side and their explosive movement after contact. McDonald offers five effective drills she uses with her slappers to practice the basic mechanics of slapping.

Power Slap
Depending on where the defense is playing the slapper, she may need to use a power slap to drive a ball through the infield. Coach McDonald explains the strategy and mechanics of the power slap, as well as how the power slap differs from the basic slap. She demonstrates four drills to master these fundamentals.

Soft Slap
Another weapon you can use to pressure the defense is the soft slap. The soft slap is a great option if the defense is playing deep on the slapper. Coach McDonald explains the mechanics and introduces five drills to perfect the soft slap. The soft slap is all about speed, so McDonald also highlights five drills to quickly get your slappers out of the batter's box.

Another option for the slapper to use when the defense is playing deep is the bunt. Coach McDonald explains how to drop a bunt from the slapping position. She explains the mechanics of drag bunting to help keep the defense at bay for as long as possible. She also offers three drills to practice bunting.

Coach McDonald provides you with all the tools you need to disarm any defensive alignment. 40 minutes. 2013. DVD.

Product Summary: Learn how to read the defense and choose the power slap, soft slap or bunt that you need to get on base. Then find out how to execute explosive movement after making contact.  

Editorial Review: Includes over 20 drills for slapping and bunting that will help improve speed. Overall Rating: 4.2 out of 5. Sports Nation Video Sales Rank: 3 out of 31 for the category Softball Hitting DVDs.

About Coach McDonald - A standout outfielder during her playing days for national power Texas A&M, McDonald played for the Aggies from 2004-07. In that time, she garnered NFCA All-Region honors three times and a quartet of All-Big 12 selections. She holds Aggie single-season records for runs scored (60) and stolen bases (48) and also ranks as the program's all-time leader in both categories. Her 48 steals in 2005 led the nation and helped her earn the 2005 NCAA Division I Softball Golden Shoe Award awarded to the nation's top baserunner.

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