Nothing is more frustrating for ballplayers then working hard alloff season on their hittingonly to get off to a slow start with the bat. There is no tried and true method for getting off to a fast start, but the following hitting tips can help players, especially those, who generally are slow starters.
Often slow starts come from not seeing the ball well because it has been a long time since real game action, so hitters should stand in more often when pitchers are getting their bullpen work. Just watching the ball at game like speeds, without having to swing, helps prepare the eyes.
Bunting helps hitters watch the ball longer and all the way to contact. As better contact comes with bunting, better contact with swinging often follows.
Hitters have a tendency to over-work and swing themselves out of a good groove in the pre-season because they rightfully feel this is the time of year to work hard. When seeing the ball well and hitting well, hitters should back off and work on other phases of the game.
Players should have a diary of thought processes and swing tips when swinging well and refer back to it at beginning of season (and whenever struggling).
As games begin, players should give less thought to mechanics and more to concentrating on the ball.
Finally, seasoned ballplayers know that hitting, like many things, run in cycles so with patience, hard work,good fundamentals and these hitting tips, they will begin to hit.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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