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A New World Of Baseball Hitting Aids

Any young batter will seek the right equipment as he or she tries to make the most of natural talent. It doesn't hurt if the youngster is gifted with cat-like reflexes and sharp eyesight, but there is no substitute for a balanced, economical swing. Only repetitions hone this sort of swing, and without baseball hitting aids it is quite difficult getting those kind of repetitions when batting is interrupted by collecting balls from over the field.

A good place to begin might be with perhaps the simplest aid of all, the everyday batting tee. It does just what a golf tee would do but holds the ball higher, usually between thirty and forty-five inches high. This is a good range for younger hitters just perfecting their stroke.

To keep from having to spend all day running after balls struck off the tee, one could add a screen so the ball can be netted and pocketed . A few nets come with targets stitched in their netting to allow the youngster to know when the ball is a sure hit. Tees and screens are both just as good for softball as they are for baseball, and ought to be designed to stay upright and stationary during moderately windy days.

A swing tee lets one avoid the whole problem of netting the struck ball after it has been struck. With a swing arm tee the ball is firmly fixed to the arm that itself is designed to swing around while rooted to an axis. The ball just springs right back after being whipped around in a tight circle once the young hitter crushes it.

Any sort of batting tee is good enough for honing one's form through repetition, but none can simulate the action of being pitched to by a real pitcher. Unfortunately, needing to have a pitcher to practice with almost always means having to cut down on the repetitions one needs, not just with form, but to practice seeing the ball into the strike zone and timing that first move to ball. Here, a pitching machine is a crucial piece of equipment.

Many automatically think of the automatic pitching machine as something likely to be expensive, priced to where one wouldn't own one unless running either a batting range or a ball club. Today, however, home-appropriate pitching machines just for younger smaller players are readily available. Many are almost as inexpensive as the glove or the bat, constituting some of the least expensive, but most valuable, pieces of hitting training equipment.

One might look to buying protection nets for the back yard, looking like rooms or hallways woven out of fishing nets, for practicing with a pitching machine or with a practice pitcher. Those who don't mind something more pricey can look to the packages of equipment, quite often sponsored by a big name star. With packages one does see more of a difference between baseball and its cousin, softball.

A lot of the kind of equipment that was once the domain of league ball teams is available now to the common suburban household. Its scale is smaller but it is still built tough enough to handle a pounding. This is a toolkit that makes young batters better all over the world.

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