Baseball Reflections

Baseball Tips On Hitting: How Practice Is Mandatory For Your Success!

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You’ve got to go out and hit, hit, hit and then hit some more. Some professional players take 500 swings a day in the off season. It’s not by accident or good fortune that some of them bat .330 or hit 45 home runs. Maybe that’s why they are professional hitters, because they pay the price and work very hard at it.

Back in the 1970’s, I heard about a golfer who just won a major tournament. Do you know what this golfer was doing after the final round of golf? He was practicing for a couple of hours hitting balls out of the sand trap because he had a poor shot out of the trap late in the tournament. Need I say any more? This player won the tournament and was practicing for several hours after his victory!

Good hitters are usually always practicing something. If you’ve had problems at the plate for a couple of games, it’s not a big deal at all and “welcome to the club.” Go out to the field or the batting cages the next day and work on the specific pitch and or location that’s giving you trouble.

It is very important to practice your swing often. The only way to get good habits is through repetition. One of the better baseball tips on hitting to remember is that unfortunately, too many players have a strong tendency to practice what they already do well instead of practicing on the areas that they need work on. Avoid falling into this trap. You will be well rewarded for practicing on areas that you need work on.

Let’s say you are a hitter that “eats fastballs for breakfast” but low and away breaking balls give you problems. If you spend 90% of your baseball hitting practice working on hitting the low and away breaking ball, you will become efficient at hitting that pitch also. So now, you have become a very good hitter of both the fastball and the low and away breaking ball. Do you have any idea as to what a problem that presents for opposing pitchers?

You have now become a feared hitter because you no longer have a glaring weakness for a pitcher to exploit. Oh sure, even the great baseball hitters handle some pitches better than other pitches. But the point here is that they do not have glaring weaknesses. And it’s all because they practice what they do not do well at the plate. It took a fabulous M.L.B. hitter two years to learn how to hit a “slider.” Do you know how he learned how to hit the “slider?” By spending countless hours of batting practice hitting the “slider.”

About five years ago a reporter was interviewing one of the best hitters in M.L.B. She talked to him about his God given talent. He very politely told her he’s not so sure that he was born with any special talent. She looked at him with a look of puzzlement on her face. He told her that when he was about 12 years old, he and about ten friends decided to practice every day at the ballpark. About a week later, only about five of them were showing up at the ballpark. A week after that, only himself and one friend were showing up.

Maybe that’s one of the reasons this player makes about 20 million dollars per year. I’m not implying for a second that if you work hard and practice frequently you have a good chance to sign a contract like that. What I am implying is that one of the better baseball tips on hitting is that if you work hard you will be rewarded. That I will guarantee.

The big question is…are you willing to pay that price?

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