Once you get into baseball or even if you’re just interested in playing the sport with friends is exciting, but just as disappointing when you’re not able to play at the level you thought you could. Luckily, there are some easy fixes that require nothing more than just time, a bat and ball. Many of these practice techniques can be done completely along, allowing you to choose when you want to improve your game and how much time you’d like to spend on it.
They say around 10,000 hours of playing is required to become a professional but doing just a few hours a day would already show improvements in your next game. Sure, it would be great to reach the pro levels, but take it one day at a time and start by working on your problem areas. The first step to becoming the shining star of the team is to be a well-rounded player that’s good at from all angles.
Try these practices to improve your performance and get the best out of each game you play. Before you do all of them, pick out the ones that focus on your problem area and get them sorted out first. At the same time, be sure to refine the areas where you’re good, allowing you to improve in all possible ways.
Coordinating your Hands and Eyes
Have you ever missed an easy catch or simply can’t catch the ball to sit perfectly in your hand? Chances are, your coordination isn’t what it should be. To be a professional baseball player, your coordination has to be as near perfect as possible. It just helps with quick reactions to catch the ball and to trust yourself more on the field.
If you need to improve on this, start by simply tossing the ball up in the air and catching it with one hand. It doesn’t have to go very high, but you do want to give yourself a bit of reaction time, especially in the beginning. Do this for about 100 tosses a day and you’ll quickly see just how fast your hand can react accurately.
To go to the next level, bounce the ball against a wall and catch it. You can throw the ball directly against the wall or bounce it before it hits the ball. Either way, both of these are great for coordination.
No matter who you are, if you haven’t played baseball for long, chances are you’ll need some practice with a bat in your hand. It’s also easy to practice your swing, but you need to remember where the “sweet spot” of your bat is. The best way would be to research the bat you’ve got or simply play a few rounds to find that spot that makes a ping sound when you hit the ball.
Head over to the batting cage or tie a ball to a long strong and a branch. Take your time, hit the ball as dead on as possible and pay attention to the way your swing, try new ways and see how they work.