My son is a pitcher and naturally he is being fed this misconception (not by me) that pitchers can’t hit. He is left handed, so his teams utilize him for pitching a lot, and he loves it. When it comes to hitting, though, there are a few different drills that we go through to get him making contact more. Here are a couple of hitting drills you can practice with your son or daughter.
– First of all, just stand next to them and toss up the baseball to let them swing at it and hit a wall or a net. Do this for a while and it will help with their eye/hand coordination. It helps them to keep their eye on the ball and to get a feel for making contact with it. This helps their depth perception when swinging at pitches.
– Another drill is to get a swinging baseball that wraps around a tree or pole. This does pretty much the same thing, only it will help a little more with their accuracy as well. Try to get them hitting the ball in the same area, the “meat” of the bat, each time it comes back around.
– Probably the best way to get your child hitting better is to actually pitch to them or take them to a batting cage. Start off at a slower speed until they seem comfortable with it.
– You can also have them use a heavy bat and get them to make contact a few times with it. Then, give them a lighter bat and move forward with that. That will show them that they have control over their swing, especially with a bat that is tailored for them.
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