Looking for ways to improve your batting swing? Check out these tips for better baseball swinging for your next visit to the batting cage.
Do you play baseball or softball competitively or recreationally? Do you love watching baseball, or do you just want to try something new and interesting? Regardless of your reason, take a swing and visit our Lewisville, Texas batting cages!
Once you experience the satisfying feeling of bat hitting ball—and the challenge of making that happen—you’re going to want it again and again. But how? Even if you’re an experienced player, there’s always room for improvement, so check out these batting cage tips to improve your swing.
How to Improve Your Baseball Swing
Find Your Footing
One of the most important aspects of your baseball swing is your stance, or postering—especially the way your feet are positioned. Your feet are the foundation that literally grounds you, so if your stance is off, it’s going to throw off every other aspect of your swing.
There are a few elements of a good stance.
- Stand comfortably next to the plate, with about an arm’s length, plus the length of the bat between you and the far side of the plate. You can check that you’re in the right place by standing in the batter’s box and trying to touch the opposite side of the plate with your bat. If so, you should be able to hit the ball anywhere in the box.
- As the ball approaches, shift your weight to your back foot, stopping when your back knee and shoulder are aligned. Next, your front foot should move toward the pitcher while staying in line with your back foot.
- At this point you should be balanced and positioned in such a way that you’re ready to absorb the energy of the hit and direct it back outward through your swing.
It’s (Almost) All in Your Head
Another effective way to improve your baseball swing is to keep your head still. Your chin should be aligned with your front shoulder at the beginning and move to your back shoulder at the end, not by moving your chin/head, but by the rotation of your shoulders as you swing the bat.
One of the biggest and most common mistakes people make when hitting in baseball or softball is failure to follow through. As your bat impacts the ball, you should concentrate on hitting through the ball and continuing that motion, maintaining power and speed so that both are peaking just before the moment of contact. And remember, as you connect with the ball, you should be flicking your wrists for that last little jolt of power before the hit.
No matter what level you’re at in your baseball or softball skills, we hope you’ll come try out our batting cages in the Strike Zone! Our six batting cages can accommodate players of all skill levels with a range of pitching speeds from slow-pitch to blazing fast.