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Pick a Count for Batting Practice

Hitting in games can seem really different from hitting in practice – and that’s usually because you aren’t hitting with counts during practice. Check out a simple way to practice count hitting for games.

Hitting with counts means that sometimes you need to be picky, and other times you need to “swing at anything close”. Those two are totally different so discover how you can practice being picky or not.

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The next time you take any kind of batting practice, whether it’s against a live pitcher, off a pitching machine or using front toss, do yourself a favor and “pick a count.” Here’s how it works:

  • Tear up 10 pieces of paper
  • Write one of the following counts on each piece:
    • 1-1
    • 2-1
    • 3-1
    • 1-0
    • 2-0
    • 3-0
    • 1-2
    • 2-2
    • 3-2
  • Then fold up each piece and put them all into a hat, or even a shoe.
  • Before you step in to hit grab a count and do that at-bat with this count.
  • If you grab a 2 strike count then you’ll have to practice making your strikezone bigger so you aren’t called out looking.
  • If you grab a count where you have more balls than strikes then you can be pickier and look for a pitch you can hit really hard.

This is a great way to make your practice at-bats much more game-like, and help you prepare yourself for your next game. Plus, it makes practice more fun and helps you focus better – both of which help you get better!

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