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 to be an all star. The only way to get better then everybody else is to practice more often, harder and smarter than everybody else (ESPECIALLY when you’re young).
At a young age, keep it simple. First of all, your kid needs to be strong enough to swing all the way through the ball. If the ball pushes his bat back on contact, he’s losing power. To fix this, the best way to get stronger is to hit bigger, heavier balls. Second, tell your son or student to aim for a certain part of the cage. Young players don’t understand how their body is moving the same way an older athlete does. By giving him the simple goal to hit a ball in a certain spot, his body will naturally create more efficient mechanics. It won’t create perfect mechanics, but he will be able to fix a lot of kinks in his swing without you having to tell him about them all.
It is imperative that you hit at least every other day. Now that I’m in college, I hit every day. I’ll take one or two days off a week. Two or three times a year I’ll take a week or more.
However you’re practicing, whether it’s off a tee, front toss, live arm or off a machine… you’re getting better. Especially if you’re in high school – those who practice everyday get rewarded, period. You’ll get better, your coaches will know you’re 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, you’re 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 it becomes natural. Pick just one thing so you don’t confuse yourself and mess up your swing.
PEOPLE WHO WORK ON THEIR CRAFT MORE THAN THE OTHERS ARE THE ONES WHO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL