If you’ve ever played competitive baseball or fastpitch softball, then you know that the mechanics of the swing need to be constantly tuned and improved. Case in point, let’s assume you or your child are making the move out of the city rec leagues into a more competive atmosphere such as the North Oakland Baseball Federation.
Going from a more “little-league” feel where the pitchers are tossing meatballs straight down the middle at 45-50 mph to a more structured and competitive league where all of sudden the kids are a bit taller and stronger and most are consistently firing fastballs at 70 mph. The only way to do that is with:
- improved hand-eye coordination
- most importantly–sound muscle memory
Even if the team holds two practices per week, it’s simply not feasible to expect to receive enough swings at the plate to find a groove and comfort zone. Without question, the #1 way to simulate the appropiate learning environment is with an adjustable batting cage. Adjusting to the increase in velocity is essential to any ball player’s success and improvement.
Fast forward a couple years, say, sophomore year and the power and arsenal of pitches continues to expand. Now you’ve got high school teams with pitchers that can hit 80+mph on the gun, paint the outside corner knee-high at will–not to mention the almost definite probability of facing curveballs for the first time. It doesn’t matter if the hurler has a filthy12-to-6 curve that drops off the table or a fledgling slurve that breaks slightly. The bottom line is that most high school hitters–no matter if they’re on the freshman, JV, or Varsity squad–struggle mightily when they are exposed to curveballs.
Go to any High School game and I assure you that you’ll see some unfortunate batters expose their weakness handling breaking pitches as their knees buckle or bail out of the box at a pitch they think is coming at their shoulder–only to break right over the plate. It’s not uncommon to see them so baffled they do a 180 contorted spin as they hit the deck wondering what the heck just happened.
Fortunately, players can be proactive and use of one our precise, custom jug machines that will consistently fling curveballs of various bends and speeds. Do you want to impress your coaches, teammates, or perhaps scouts? Show them you can confidently recognize, process and hang in there on a breaking ball and drive it to the opposite field.
It’s a safe assumption that almost every single ball-player does not have access to a parent, neighbor or friend that can effectively throw consistent curveballs to emulate the proper approach. Even if they did, using the batting cages at DBA is the best way to introduce and practice solid swings when you can confidently stand in the box knowing what type of movement to expect without the fear of being beaned when a player is first introduced to these types of pitches.