Most baseball players begin practices with pretty good timing, even those with poor hitting mechanics. But, coaches flipping balls at them from straight and behind a screen, may screw up that hitting timing. Coaches must realize that for every foot closer to the batter they should slow the ball down, not increase the speed. I’ve witnessed so many hitters that begin with perfect timing and proceed to lose it because of fast paced short flips. The coaching intention is good as they try to mimic game speed pitching, but players reaction time changes from a short distance, so be wary of the fast paced flips in batting practice. Of course, it may take a while for players to adjust to game speed at the start, so a gradual increase in speeds is best.

Hitting timing and flipped balls

Be careful of Hitting timing with flipped balls

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