Batting T’s are great teaching tools since the ball isn’t moving they help our hitters focus more on mechanics. But they weren’t helpful for timing practice – until now.
Practicing timing usually takes a tossed or a pitched ball and can often be frustrating for the hitter. But let me show you a simple timing drill you can use with your Batting T!
It’s one thing to have a good swing, but a good hitter puts that swing on the ball – and that takes timing. And just like every other part of hitting, timing must be practiced. Usually, timing practice involves some form of either front toss or a pitched ball, but I want to show you a simple timing drill you can do using a batting T.
Start with a ball on a batting T and your hitter in her regular position to hit a ball off a T. Have a coach stand about 3 feet to the side and about 5 feet in front of her as shown in the picture called START. The coach will have a ball in her hand, and can be behind a protective screen.
The drill starts when the coach bounces the ball she’s holding on the ground. The hitter must wait for the ball to go down to the ground, up into the air – and then when the bounced ball finally comes back down to the same height as the ball on the T – the hitter HITS the ball off the T.
While it sounds simple, there’s a big difference between simple and easy. This drill is simple in that there aren’t many parts to it, but it’s not easy because it requires the hitter to practice her patience and her timing.
Don’t be surprised if your hitters hit the ball off the T before the bounced ball has even hit its highest point. That’s why this drill is so good – it forces hitters to track a ball (the bounced one), wait for the ball to get to a certain spot before swinging (patience) and then swing and hit the ball off the T.
These are all elements involved with hitting a pitched ball, but now you can practice them using a batting T!
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