We’ve spent an entire offseason breaking down swings, creating new approaches, working on hips, hands, and feet — and we’ve seen major progress. We’ve taken thousands of swings, spent countless amounts of time on the tee, flips, soft toss, and BP. Over the few dozen players we’ve worked with, we’ve seen a significant increase in bat speed, exit velocity, hand speed, and consistency in balls being barreled. We’re very satisfied with the amount of work we’ve seen from hitters across the board and are pumped to finally get to see it in action on game day!
As we approach the first few games of the high school season, players are going to be challenged with one aspect of hitting that is a constant — figuring out timing. Players are now transitioning from 45 ft batting practice at 60 mph, to 60 ft 6 in live pitching with speeds that will vary from 70-90 mph. This is going to be a challenge. And the fact of the matter is, some hitters take a little bit longer to make that adjustment than others. While it’s completely understandable that you want to come out of the gates and hit 4 ropes on opening day, it’s also very realistic that you may be a little out in front, a little late, or are just having trouble processing when to begin your load off of live pitching. This isn’t anything new and it’s nothing at all to be worried about.
“Good hitting is timing, good pitching is disrupting timing”
It is going to take TIME to figure out your TIMING and that’s completely expected. So how are you going to do this?
Stand in the box while pitchers throw bullpens
It’s totally acceptable for a player to ask a pitcher to stand in the box while the pitcher throws a bullpen. Hitters can work on tracking pitches, work on separation and timing, and get a better sense of comfort without even swinging a bat.
Take live at-bats during practice.
This is a must. Live at-bats are meaningless in the sense of batting average and give hitters a chance to work on picking up pitches, taking pitches, and a chance to make the necessary adjustments for when games start.
Have an on deck approach.
You can swing a weighted bat in slow motion while talking to guys in the dugout. OR, you can work timing on deck. It’s really that simple. Time spent on deck is so valuable and it’s often the most overlooked part of hitting. Use this time to see pitchers tendencies, how he separates his hands, what he looks like in the stretch vs the wind up, create a game plan and get to see free pitches!
Identify your issue (are you late/early) and work on your approach.
Timing is timing. You can be late or you can be early. Before you begin to work through your timing issues, identify it. Are you late to recognize breaking balls? Are you late on fastballs? Are you having trouble pulling the trigger? Identify what is going on with your swing before you start to breakdown mechanics.
These are all achievable tasks that can ‘speed up’ the process of getting your timing down. Good luck this season boys, and be on time!
Videoing yourself hitting can be invaluable in determining timing issues and problems in your swing. Let us take the video for you! Contact us today to set up live game filming or an individual session.