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Batting cages are a great way to get better at your swing. Whether you’re just beginning or just can’t stop hitting ground balls, it’s never too late to learn the fundamentals of batting. Hitting is all about balance, coordination, and turning your body into a weapon against the pitcher. Batting cages are the best place to practice these skills because they provide an instant feedback loop-whether you made contact or not! 

Here are ten essential skills for better batting techniques.   

1) Balance: Get in a good stance with weight distributed evenly on both feet so that when you hit there won’t be any sudden movements that could throw off your timing and cause mistakes.   

2) Rhythm: Get your body and bat moving in one fluid motion. As you swing, let your arms follow through with the momentum and keep them close to your body so that it will be easy to bring them back into position for the next pitch. 

3) Bat Position: Make sure that when you’re hitting there is a slight bend in your elbows. Hitting straight on line will decrease power and accuracy, which makes it harder to use all of the areas within the strike zone (the area around home plate where you can hit safely).  

4) Practice: Repetition is key! Once you think you’ve got something down, practice it over and over until it’s muscle memory Just like practicing scales on a piano, the only way to get better is through practice.

5) Coordination: The first move should be a small step forward to the ball, keeping the head still. This will promote good timing and help you practice quieting your hands. 

6) Turn Your Body Into A Weapon: Keep your front shoulder pointed towards the pitcher, but turn your body completely to follow through with the swing so that all your energy goes into hitting it at maximum possible strength. In this way, you’ll have no wasted movement and put more power behind every hit.

7) Proper grip: Put your fingers on top of the bat instead of wrapping them around to create more power. And form a circle with your thumb and index finger that is enough to fit snugly against all your fingertips 

8) Hip rotation: Rotating your hips as you swing will generate more power no matter what type of hitter you are, and keep you balanced throughout your swing 

9) Turn and follow-through: Keep your eye on the ball through contact and continue rotating towards the first base. Your shoulders and hips should open up towards homeplate while you’re completing your swing. 

10) Have fun! No one likes a grouch at batting cages, so don’t forget about your warm-up habits or let the pressure of hitting well get in the way of your swings. You can always take some time off if you’re feeling frustrated, but getting in some extra reps is just as helpful for building muscle memory and timing. Now go have some fun!  

If you’re just starting out, watch instructional videos online to get a hang of proper batting techniques. Then go pick up a baseball bat and try them out in the batting cages at our indoor baseball batting cage!

Batting cages are great for honing skills related to batting, an important component of any successful baseball or softball game. Whether you are trying to improve your swing or are working on new hitting techniques is never too late to start learning about this integral part of the game. 

 

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