Batting Cage Tips

Hitting in a batting cage is a wonderful opportunity for any baseball player who wants to work on hitting a baseball. Hitting a round ball with a round bat squarely is one of the most difficult jobs in sports and few hitters ever get to the point where they can hit every pitch and do everything well in the cage. Even players who do perfect their swing have to work on it to keep it in top shape.

Hone Your Swing

By taking 20 to 25 swings in a batting cage against a live pitcher or a pitching machine, a batter can feel comfortable with his swing. If a batter is in the middle of the season, taking swings before each game in the batting cage can help a batter improve his stroke by raising his confidence level. Hitters can loosen up their joints and muscles and prepare themselves for live pitching.

Hitting to All Fields

One of the things that separates good hitters from average ones is the ability to hit the ball to all fields. A good hitter with hit the outside pitch to right field (right-handed hitter), the pitch over the middle to center and the inside pitch to left. When you are in the batting cage, you can work on these skills. For example, when hitting to right field, you will want to work on keeping your bat back as long as possible and letting your hands get through the hitting zone before squaring up the bat head with the ball. You must work on this in the cage. You need the practice before trying this in the game.

Work on a Weakness

Many batters may have a weakness or two when they go up to the plate. It is called having a hole in your swing. If you struggle with the curve ball–as many hitters do–the batting practice pitcher can throw you nothing but breaking balls and you can work on driving those pitches to the opposite field. It’s a matter of seeing enough curveballs, then practicing against them. When they get in the cage they can do the work to improve that weakness.

About this Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football — The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.