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How to swing a baseball bat: Like a Boss

 

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.

Tell us what you think!

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How to hit high-velocity fastballs: 93mph+

 

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.

In Division 1 and affiliate ball, you better believe that each team has at least three guys who were born with a fast arm and the god given ability to know how to throw hard.

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.

Drill#1

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.

 

Drill#2

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.

Practice this timing.

Good luck!


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Baseball Motivational Quote- Walter Johnson(He knew how to throw hard)


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Baseball Optimism 101

Ok so this post is for you baseball players and parents of baseball players looking for some simple advice about dealing with the hardships of baseball. I have been reading a lot of questions about how to approach adversity that one experiences in a life of baseball. Hopefully this will suffice:)

Martin Seligman ,PHD, the father of positive psychology, gives us a quick lesson on a popular confidence/optimism boosting exercise- which he calls the ABCDs. The goal is to eventually get you(the baseball player or parent) to stop thinking negatively, and off of things you can’t control, while thinking positively and on things you can control. The results don’t come immediately, but studies have been done on thousands of subjects, and it’s effective.

So here they are!

Name the adversity, or problem.( For example: I’m not getting enough playing time, I’m in a slump, my coach is a maniac or I’m dealing with an injury.)

 

 

 

 

List your beliefs. These are your initial reactions to the problem.(Why am I sitting on the bench?I’m better than that guy! Or I suck…why can’t I hit? Whats the deal with my coach? He needs to chill! Great, my stats are going to suffer now that I’m injured!)

 

 

 

 

Identify the consequences of your beliefs about your baseball situation.( I’m going to have  to hang it up, if I don’t get out of this slump. I’ll never get the exposure I need to play at the next level if my coach doesn’t come to his senses.

 

 

 

Formulate a disputation of your beliefs. Pessimistic reactions are often over-reactions, so start by correcting distorted thoughts and beliefs.( I’m probably not getting enough playing time because I may have to prove my abilities and commitment to the team. My coach is still learning how to communicate with his players and he is only human. There will be plenty of opportunities to play in front of scouts, worrying about playing at the next level isn’t  necessary. Injuries are part of the game. Every player will experience some kind of injury. Whats important is how I react to this injury.)

 

 

Describe how energized and empowered you feel now.( Regardless of how complicated the obstacles that baseball give seems to be. I will always have the power to choose what my response will be. Baseball is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do. I can handle every baseball obstacle and turn it into an opportunity!

I hope this helps! Don’t forget to leave a comment below!