How to Use the Batting Cage For Better Hitting
by Jack D. Elliott
Your baseball hitting can be improved by using batting cages and batting practice to develop your timing.
One thing to keep in mind while hitting in BP or the cage is to know when you are getting in good hitting. This is important
b/c hitting the ball hard is only a starting place for good hitting. One way to improve your hitting is to focus on hitting
line drives and hitting the ball on the ground. Over time, this will result in a higher hitting average because there is less
of a chance for the ball getting caught in the air.
A technique to help adjust your swing in the batting cages is to score your rounds at BP and batting cage
sessions. This is very easy to do as you just need someone to do the scoring while you hit. This can even be done by yourself
in your head with a little practice. Here, are a few tips on how to do the scoring:
1. Hit using a three point system. 3 points are given for line drives, 2 points for grounders or low
line drives, and 1 point for fly balls.
2. Make three scoring zones. You will need to make some arbitrary zones whether in the BP or the batting
cage. The goal should be to make them about even and each zone should be about 6 yards in length. For example, the grounders
or low hitting zone would be a horizontal range from the ground to 6 yards up. Line drives would be in the next zone (6 to
12 yards up) and fly balls would be any the final zone for everything 12 yards high up to 18 yards in the air. Anything over
this height should not be scored.
3. Use Landmarks at Batting Cages For Zones. If you are hitting in the cages, use any landmarks that
exist to help make the zones. For example, you could say the top of the pitching machine begins the middle zone. Bottom line:
don't get too caught up in the exactness of the zones. Instead, use the landmarks as a guideline and being scoring your rounds.
4. Score each session. Habitually, score and record each session. This will give you a target to shoot
at for your next round and encourage you to out-do your last performance. By making each session a competition, you will get
more out of it as you try to get a higher score each time.
5. Scoring Rounds By Yourself. If keeping up with the scoring in your head gets to be too challenging
during your hitting. One trick you can do is simply the scoring. By only scoring how many times you hit the ball in the middle
range, you can get a pretty good measurement to test your hitting. Once you get your score, you would use this in much the
same way as other scoring, you would try to top it on your next round. The focus during all these sessions would be to develop
consistency in hitting this middle zone.
Be sure to let your team and coach know about this strategy. If adopted by your team, the whole team could
benefit by using it in there regular BP. The scores of each session could even be posted in the locker room to add a little
competition and more interesting into your team's batting practice sessions. Just think with a little time your team could
be getting more hits and runs by using one simple technique.
Jack Elliott, is a former player and fan of the game. To read more tips and techniques like the ones in this
article, please click here: http://www.baseballtrainingtechniques.com/Baseball-Hitting or Baseball Hitting Tips.