Many people have heard the saying "defense wins championships," but the team that scores the most always wins. When it comes to baseball, scoring runs comes from hitting, and becoming a better hitter will come from practicing. Indoor batting cages provide the perfect opportunity to practice and become the best hitter possible.
Visiting the batting cages alone will not provide huge levels of improvement for hitters. Hitters must go to the cages with certain goals and objective. If you are trying to improve your hitting, here are a few tips to maximize your time at the cages:
Clearly Define Objectives
Anyone can improve his or her hitting skills by going to a batting cage but for rapid and significant improvement, work on specifics.
Go to the cages with a goal to hit the ball on a line to the opposite field or speed up the pitching machine to improve your bat speed. There are unlimited areas every hitter can work on but the important thing is to focus on specific objectives until they are easily accomplished.
One of the most difficult things to do is to constantly focus during practice. If you are at the batting cages, make every swing count.
The more you swing, the more fatigued you will become and the harder it will be to maintain focus. If you find yourself losing focus, stop hitting and take a break. Batting cages are great for developing good habits but if focus is lost, bad habits can form just as easily.
Practice Within Your Skill Level
Losing focus is one way your swing can be damaged at a batting cage but another is trying to practice beyond your skill level. Everyone wants to jump in a cage and hit the fastest pitches possible but not everyone is ready for that kind of speed.
Instead of trying to hit the fastest speeds, build up to faster speeds by increasing pitch speeds slowly and improving bat speed.
It is better to build up to faster speeds and maintain a good swing than it is to jump into faster speeds and develop bad habits.
The most important thing to do while at the batting cases is to have fun. Baseball is a great sport and people all over the world commit huge amounts of time to the game because of the joy it brings.
Ultimately it is a game and games are supposed to be fun. If you are at the cages and stop having fun, it is time to take a break. Take some time off, come back another day, and let every swing work towards your improvement and happiness.