Softball and baseball hitting tips from Todd & Moore that keep your swing sweet

It’s been said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Some disagree with that notion and say that practice counts for only about a third of success. Still, that’s too big of a factor to leave to chance.

If you swing a baseball or softball bat, there’s still a chance that at some point your sweet swing is going to sour no matter how much you practice. Great hitters such as former National League MVP Joey Votto know that you can work your way out of it, but it won’t happen instantly. “My swing is a fine piece of machinery,” he said last month while mired in one of the worst slumps of his career. “Everybody wants to rush the Ferrari, but it comes out every four to six years. It takes time.”

At Todd & Moore, we can help with the tools you need to get your Ferrari back on the road, whether your goal is to stay sharp for a stretch run and All-Stars or whether you’re trying to work your way out of a death slump. Here are some softball and baseball  hitting tips and training tools that can help you achieve either goal.

The LineDrivePro Trainer is a great place to start. This small piece of gear, which attaches to the bat, is designed to help players of all ability levels improve or maintain their swings. The goal is to create muscle memory that players can rely on when the game is on the line. It provides instant feedback about how long the bat is staying in the hitting zone, creating more potential points of contact. For advanced players, it helps develop controlled directional hitting – or, as one old-time player put it, the ability to “hit it where they ain’t.”

We also like the new bat weight Easton has developed. Unlike the Old School donuts you’re used to seeing hitters swing when they’re on deck, this 5-ounce weight can be used for live hitting, whether off a tee or during soft toss. It’s great for developing that crucial bat speed. Younger baseball players also use the weight to help them gradually decrease their bat drop in preparation for the drop -3 they’ll be swinging by high school.

Total Control Balls are another fantastic training tool. They come in a range of sizes and weights for players of all ages, baseball or softball.  They’re weighted for optimum resistance, helping players develop the muscles they need to swing through the zone.

Finally, the good old fashioned tee and a hitting net always are helpful for players looking to either get back to basics or stay in a zone.  We recommend the Tanner and the Muhl Tech Advanced tees. The Tanners are incredibly durable, while the Muhl Techs forced players to use proper mechanics.

And, of course, if you’re using a hitting net, you’ll need a lot of practice balls too. After all, who wants to stop swinging every few pitches to go retrieve the ones you’ve hit!