The baseball answers to swinging late have to do with either a long swing or not seeing the ball very well. As with all problems, it may not be just one thing that solves the problem, but a combination of many things. Good coaches have many possible baseball answers for problems and combine those to solve the problem.
- Vision – The first thing to address is making sure batters are seeing the ball well. The obvious thing is to have hitters have their eyesight checked before every season. Next, coaches should have players focus on watching the ball the whole way to home, from the pitchers release to the hitting zone. Often, players only focus on the ball two thirds of the way, either the first portion or the last, with either method causing players timing to be off and to swing late on balls.
A. Have players read numbers from pitchers hands or place different ball types – whiffle, tennis, rag, etc – in batting practice pitcher’s hand and players yell out which ball is coming. These methods help players watch the ball more intently form the release point, as opposed to the waiting for a good pitch philosophy, which has them waiting too long.
causing them to not time balls from the beginning.
es over the object. This makes sure they are seeing the ball the last portion of the flight path.C. On the other end, set an object out front of home about 10 feet in front of batters and have them yell out when the ball cross
2. Mechanics – there is no way of getting around good hitting mechanics, which involves a compact swing. Batters with long swings are late on pitched balls more often than not, so coaches must continually work on the mechanics of the swing to create the compact swing.