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How to raise your batting average 100 points

Do you want to raise your batting average by 100 points or more this season? The quickest and easiest way to do this is to perfect the art of bunting. You can be a successful bunter if you follow these simple steps.

  • Show the bunt at the right time- Make sure that you do not square around to the pitcher too late. This will make it nearly impossible to track the ball and place it down either the first or third baseline. On the same token, do not show the bunt too early. Doing so will give the fielders time to charge toward home plate to field your bunt.
  • Set your feet– It is very important to have a good base when you are bunting. Having a good base will help you accomplish two things. First, it will allow you to track the ball better when it comes out of the pitcher’s hand. It is easiest to get in a stance that is relatively low to the ground, and have the bat out in front of your eyes. Second, having a good base will allow you to get out of the batter’s box quicker. After you have laid the bunt down, it is essentially a race to see if you can reach first base before you are thrown out by one of the fielders.

 

  • Keep you bat head up- Do not EVER drop your bat head below parallel. Doing so will only result in you popping the ball up to either the pitcher or catcher. This will result in not only you getting out, but if you are performing a play, such as a bunt and run, any base runners that are trying to advance to the next bag are also likely be doubled up because of the popped up bunt.

 

  • Bunt the ball down the 1st/3rd baseline- Doing this will drastically increase the likelihood that you will reach 1st base safely.

  • One of the toughest balls to field is the slow roller. It is very hard for fielders to field a slow roller and throw somebody out at the same time. When you bunt the ball down the third base line, you cause the third baseman to charge a ball, and throw to first off balance. Not only is it tough to make a throw on the run, but when a third baseman fields a bunt, he normally has to throw the ball 90+ feet to make the out at first.

 

  • When you bunt a ball to first, you cause a lot of trouble for the other team. Most of the time when a ball is bunted to first base, the first baseman and pitcher charge for the ball. This usually results in nobody covering first base. By the time the first baseman, second baseman, or pitcher realize that no one is covering first base, you should be close enough to the bag that they will not be able to tag you out.

 

  • NEVER bunt back to the pitcher- Bunting a baseball back to the pitcher is just like giving the other team an out. Nine times out of ten, if you bunt the ball back to the pitcher, he will make the easy play, and throw you out at first. Therefore, you should bunt the ball down the first or third baseline.

 

The Number One Reason You Will Fail at Batting: Being

 

No matter what age you are, one of the common misconceptions in baseball is that in order to hit the ball hard, you must swing hard. While this may be true to an extent, this is not a good way to approach successfully hitting the ball. When you try to swing hard to put more power behind the ball, you will most likely be breaking three of the cardinal rules of hitting.

If you want to be a good hitter, the first thing you must do is keep your weight back. If you release your weight prematurely, then you will be presented with several major problems that can easily defeat you:

  • Loss of Power– If you stride and put all of your weight on your front foot before you even swing, then you will lose somewhere around three-quarters of your power. If your legs are the most powerful muscles in your body, then why wouldn’t you want to use them when you are hitting a baseball? Think of it this way: If you were going to punch somebody, would you simply fling your arms at them, or would you generate power in your legs through a short stride, build that power up in your core, and then let it explode at the last possible moment so that all of the energy created is directed to your fist?

  • The ball seems faster– How do you see the ball that is pitched? Most people would answer their eyes. Every inch closer to the pitcher your eyes are, the ball seems to speed up.  Would you rather hit a 90 mph ball coming at you from 59 feet, or would you rather hit a 90 mph ball coming at you from 60 feet? It may not seem like much, but baseball is a game of inches, and every inch closer you get to the pitcher when you over stride lessen the chance that you will safely reach first base.
  • See the ball out of the pitcher’s hand

This point may seem like common sense, but you would not believe how many people go up to the plate thinking about every possible thing other than the task at hand, hitting the baseball. As stated by Yogi Berra, “You can’t hit and think at the same time.”

  • Swing at strikes

This may also seem like common sense, but again, there are too many people out there who are over-aggressive, and swing at nearly every pitch that is thrown. I will not try to dictate to you what kinds of pitches you should or shouldn’t swing at, but I will say this: it is much easier to hit pitches that are in the strike zone than it is to hit pitches that are way out of the strike zone.

Author Bio: Katie Smith is the enthusiastic woman. She loves writing about health and lifestyle on Reviewmoon.

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