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Batting Tips for baseball and softball players using ​The Head on the Ball

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The Head on the Ball – is great for helping baseball and softball players prevent Head Pulling, over-rotating, premature hip rotation, and more.  Below are our first two batting tips using "The Head on the Ball" from a baseball player, baseball coach, parent of players and a baseball umpire – Mike Kellogg

             

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Mike Kellogg designed Head on the Ball to assist in teaching baseball players and softball players to lead with their head down into the strike zone. No matter what training technique or batting tips you use it is essential for baseball and softball players to see the ball from the point of release all the way to the point of contact. Use The Head on the Ball for 5-6 touches to teach your hitters proper head rotation when the body rotates in the opposite direction. Just start off with with Mike's first two batting tips and gradually increase to higher-level hitting drills.

Begin by having baseball players or softball players put on The Head on the Ball – it attaches to almost any baseball or softball helmet.  

Have baseball players and softball players think of nothing but the baseball or softball: These concepts may seem simple and a little silly but if young baseball players and softball players learn to think of nothing but the baseball or softball they will be more successful at the plate. It will help if while you are coaching or as a parent you are working with your baseball or softball player that you smack the side of the pitching machine or clap your hands together to let your baseball player or softball player know its time to work their brain and completely focus on nothing but the baseball or softball.

Focus Focus Focus:

  • See the baseball or Softball
  • Be the baseball or Softball
  • Step to the baseball or Softball
  • Lean down to the baseball or softball for a better look
  • Get down to the level of the baseball or softball

Contact:

  • Hold the baseball or softball in your hand and have baseball player or softball player reach out and touch the ball with the bat – Seeing the ball and touching the ball – this enforces the need to see the baseball or softball to make contact – make sure they do not swing to protect your hand
  • Put the baseball or softball on a tee: Have your baseball players or softball players get square to the tee and simply touch the baseball or softball with the bat on the tee. Have them put the bat about 4-6 inches behind the ball on the tee then touch the ball off the tee. Next extend the bat back to 12-18 inches and gradually let them swing to the ball so they can comprehend that it is easy when they focus on the ball.   

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