Ask not what your talent can do for you but what you can do for your talent. When I think about talent and how important it is to have, I remember something that an old coach of mine once said about skills. ” Take a look at a kid’s talent and then go over to a tree. Shake it and out will fall a dozen just like him”. The reason why I love this game is because though it may bless those with talent, to be a truly gifted player, you need something that is beyond talent. If I had to give it a word to describe it I would use the word, DESIRE. Talent will only take you so far. The question will always be how far will you take your talent?
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For the longest time I was under the impression that hitting for power was something that you were born able to do or not. Now after reading a handful of books and researching the history of today’s modern hitters, I have come to the realization that this simply isn’t true. In fact, there are plenty of professional players that will admit that they simply learned to hit for power with experience and time, and a lot of it had to do with making little adjustments.
Here is one really interesting one, and it’s not even a hitting drill.
Interchange swinging light and heavy bats. I’m sure that you, like many players have used weights or a donut with the bat while waiting in the on-deck circle. More and more professional trainers are claiming that using a weighted donut before an at-bat is actually
slowing your bat-speed simply because while swinging, your not firing the right muscle fibers, and stimulating the nervous system. Basically your not enforcing your muscles ability to generate an explosive movement.
Using a donut or swinging a heavier bat I feel is best used to develop grip and fore-arm strength, but as for preparing for an up andcoming at-bat, the bat your using or a lighter object like a broom-stick that older players like Ted
Williams and Willy Mays used would probably be a better supplementation for a quick swing.
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Stay tuned for up and coming baseball video tips that give tips on hitting high velocity fastballs.
Its just a simple fact of the game, the higher level you play at, the harder the pitchers throw on a consistent basis. A lot of hitters get weeded out early on because they never quite were able to make adjustments to the higher velocities.
A young player may look at higher velocities and think they will never be able hit that increased velocity of a fastball. I remember when I was 14; I thought that 88 mph was just way to fast!
Now it looks like how 80mph looked like my freshman year in high school.
It’s mostly about getting adjusted to it.
Just like lifting weights. When you have just started lifting weights a certain weight may be heavier, but as you continue to put in the repetitions and develop stronger muscles, the weight gets lighter. Its the same with hitting increased velocity. It takes repetitions for your eyes to get adjusted to the pitches. 85mph may seem fast but after seeing 88 to 90; 85 seems slower right?
I remember when I first saw 90 plus on a daily basis. I was afraid that I would never get used to it. After facing 2009s first pick overall, Stephen Strasburg, who topped out at 101 miles an hour that day, the next week I couldn’t tell the difference between 93 and 86-87. I just saw the ball differently.
Hitting higher velocities calls for a few things to be done:
1) Know how to use your eyes
2) Staying short to the ball
3) Get your foot down in time
4) Have a rhythm
5) Start your rhythm earlier than normal
6) Be aggressive
Another way I would prepare myself to hitting a guy who knew how to throw hard is while on deck I would time his delivery. I would calculate how long his pitching mechanics took him to throw the ball. Once I would calibrate that. I would just start my rhythm a little bit earlier.
Hitting high velocities is all about timing.
To put it simple with the above things in mind, it simply takes enough reps of seeing high velocity to get used to it but there are a few drills to mimic higher velocity.
While taking front toss; have a friend move the screen a little bit closer. This will give you less time to react. You can also ask him to increase the speed moving his arm at a higher speed.
Watch a televised game. Watch the rhythm of the professional hitters. Try to mimic the same rhythm. Chances are there hitting a 90 plus mile an hour fastball. Notice how they get their foot down.
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