Yeah, it’s no fun being picked last for a team. And when it’s softball with your buds or co-workers, it’s even worse. (“Yo, Betty Crocker makes a better batter than you!”) But with these tips from pro hitting coach and founder of the Hitting Vault, Matt Lisle, that’ll never happen again. 

The secret to smacking dingers and running up your OPS, says Lisle—who’s spent years teaching the ins and (hopefully not) outs of high-powered batting to MLB players—is mastering the basics. “Swing the bat athletically, in the proper sequence—core firing first, and the hands and arms following,” he explains, not the other way around. “Focus on turning your navel toward the pitcher, ahead of your shoulders, to unlock real power.” 

Follow Lisle’s easy steps and watch that clincher fly.