Most people say hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in all of sports. That being said, you’re given a lot of room to work with, you only have to get a hit 30% of the time and you’re an all star. When I go to the batting cages, sometimes I’ll see a young player with his dad, and every time he hits the ball, his bat bounces backwards and his dad will be telling him the mechanical things he needs to do differently… Parents… if your son can’t swing all the way through the baseball, that is all you need to focus on. Keep it as simple as possible. Make him or her hit bigger, heavier balls and build up their strength so that when they hit baseballs there’s something behind it even if it’t a ground ball or pop fly.
I’m not going to try to teach you how to hit through words on a computer screen, that’s impossible. But I do want to share how absolutely, unavoidably imperative it is that you hit at least every other day. Now that I’m in college, I hit almost every single day. I will usually take one day a week off, then after a few months I’ll take a few extra days, then right back on the grind.
However you are practicing, whether it’s off a tee, front toss, live arm or off a machine… you are getting better. Especially if you’re in high school, those who practice everyday get rewarded, period. You will get better, your coaches will know you as a grinder, and college scouts love grinders. People will always tell you how many people are working harder than you, but if you do an hour of extra batting practice after everyone else is done every day, I’m here to tell you that yes, there are still people working harder, but you are working harder than MOST high school ball players.
Once you get yourself in the cage, it’s not just about hitting the ball; work on something. Pick one thing to work on and do it until you don’t have to think about it anymore. Don’t make it a mind game; pick just one thing so you don’t confuse yourself and mess up your swing.
TRUST ME, I’VE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT. THE PEOPLE WHO WORK ON THEIR CRAFT MORE THAN THE OTHERS ARE THE ONES WHO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL
With just a tee and a net you’ll have what you need to hit in your back yard whenever you want.