Originally Posted by bucksfan2
A couple of things with softball. Bat speed is the key. After that your forearms, tricepts, legs, back, and abs are the most important things. A lot of the power comes from the torque of your body. Someone mentioned pecs above and IMO they don't add a whole lot to a swing and I think they can decrease the amount of flexability your swing has.
I read an article during Brett Boone's resurgance in Seattle. Granted HGH helped but he talked about your chest and bi's being "show" muscles. Their function isn't all that great and they actually limit flexibility.
Re: Pecs. I agree that they can limit flexibility if you build too much mass there. But I do not agree, at least on a personal level, that they are "show" muscles. I hit my chest pretty hard last summer with various push-ups and a lot of different dumbell routines, and at the age of 29 I hit five more home runs in softball than I've ever hit before. It could have been coincidence I suppose, but the only thing I changed was my chest routine.