Once a player has trouble with hitting timing, regaining that timing can be a difficult thing. When working with two players of the same age together on their hitting, I may lob the ball to one and fire it to the other. The reason is to help their hitting timing. The one player is early on every ball and can’t seem to wait on it, the next is always late. Coaches must figure out every hitter to help them regain their timing, not always an easy thing. Baseball players can have beautiful swings, but without hitting timing that swing may look bad. Or, the baseball swing may look great, but contact is missing. Every player is different and helping players figure out what batting practice speeds help is crucial to getting them back in the groove. That is also the reason it is important to mix up speeds in batting practice, so players do not lose timing the ball in the first place. Coaches should try to mix in slow, medium and fast pitches for that reason.
About Jack Perconte
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.