All baseball players can tell you that there are many skills required to be a good athlete. Not just physical ability, but hand-eye coordinationand gritty determination are required. Baseball batting is just one facet of the sport, along with fielding and the ability to make split decisions. Here are some ways to ensure your batting is top notch.
To improve your skills as a batter, you need to start at with the basics, and that is choosing a bat. Don’t worry about how it looks or which is the most expensive. It’s more important to select one that is appropriate for your size. Be sure to choose a bat that you can comfortably swing. If it is too heavy or too light, you will compromise your ability to maximize your power into the ball.
The next step to becoming a better batter is to learn what your strike zone is. Actively practice recognizing where pitches are located on the plate. Divide the plate into three sections, L for left, C for center, and R for right. After the pitch crosses the plate, tell yourself which zone the baseball was located. But learn to focus on just the ball. You must use your vision and keep your eye on the baseball. Tune out the rest of your surroundings and learn to anticipate where the pitch is located.
Second, you need to have a good baseball batting stance. The stance starts by having your feet wider than shoulder width apart. You should have a slight bend in your knees and you should come slightly off your heels. Your arms should be in the shape of an upside down V with your elbows pointing downward and the knob of the bat should be pointing in the opposing batters box creating a good bat angle. Last but not least, both eyes should be square on the pitcher.
As the pitcher delvers the ball, begin your load which generates you rhythm. The load consists of taking your hands back 2-4 inches and stepping out towards the pitcher with your front foot 4-6 inches.
As the ball is crossing the plate, drive your back hip towards the ball and extend your hands to the inside part of the baseball. By swinging with your body you put a lot more power behind the swing. Keep your head steady and follow through completely, even after you make contact. Your finish should be high and toward the field you want to hit the baseball.
It’s important to improve your baseball batting skills by practicing several times a week. Have others help critique your moves and give you pointers on how you can shift or move to improve. Perseverance is key; don’t let a slump get you down!