Believe it or now, a lot of baseball players avoid machine fed batting cages. In a recent discussion with a player, he said he was having problems with hitting after going to a batting cage. He’s not the only one to experience this.
This particular player said that he hit really well the first round at the batting cages, but then every round following he got progressively worse. He had a hard time hitting the ball correctly or with proper mechanics. He grew tired quickly and couldn’t give full effort for each pitch.
There are some important things you should know about batting cages. First, one token gives you approximately 25 balls to hit, with a ball pitched every five seconds or less. So you have about two minutes to finish the round. If you do three or four rounds you’ll hit a lot of balls in a very short amount of time.
Because of this, you can get tired very quickly. This is not considered quality hitting practice. The best way to practice hitting is with a live pitcher because it is the most natural. But, if you do decide to visit a batting cage, remember these tips.
- Hit just one round – Focus on quality swings.
- Rest for five to 10 minutes – Stand up, walk around or sit for a while.
- Hit another round – Hit the ball to all fields.
- Don’t wear yourself out – This isn’t a competition so pace yourself.
- Focus on seeing the ball – These will be fastballs most likely so pick up the ball with your eyes as soon as you can. Get your timing down.
- Practice good mechanics – This is a great opportunity to fix or tweak any mechanics you’ve been having issues with. Iron those out with batting practice so you’re ready to go for the games.
I gave these baseball hitting tips to the player who was struggling. He was encouraged that he wasn’t losing his skills and his mechanics weren’t slipping. He was just getting tired by hitting so many times in a row. » Read more: Problems From Hitting At Batting Cages