Baseballtips now has a selection of thin-diameter training bats that are great for learning coordination and strike-zone discipline.  So many potential hard hits and home-runs turn into fly ball outs.  We all know that the difference between an out and a great hit can be just a fraction of an inch on the bat’s surface.  These training bats will not only improve coordination, but they’ll also give batters a better sense of when they can and can’t make solid contact.

We carry an inexpensive wood training bat that will give the added advantages of practicing with wood, a durable steel training bat that delivers auditory feedback (when the bat is fully extended, it makes a clicking sound which teaches short, compact swings), and we carry a fully aluminum game quality training bat.  Available at BaseballTips.com.

-Coach JP’s Tip

Teach Yourself to Read Pitches.

Learn to see the ball come out of the pitcher’s hand. This gives you more time to read and react:

A fastball will be thrown with the index and middle fingers behind the ball so you will see a lot more “white” of the baseball at release. It will come out of the pitcher’s hand in a downward plane.

A breaking ball will be thrown with the index and middle fingers on the “outside” of the ball so you will see a lot less “white.”  It will come out of the pitcher’s hand in an upward arc to give it time to “bite”.