Baseball Training By Yourself
At first glance, it would seem that
there are not a whole lot of things you can do to improve your game on your how. In actuality, there are a ton of things one can do to get baseball
training by yourself.
1. Practice your swing daily. By simply swinging your bat everyday you will develop muscle memory that
will result in a stronger and smoother swing.
2. Build up your arm speed.
Practice throwing weighted baseballs. Some should be heavier and
lighter than a standard baseball. This will help increase
your arm speed because of polymetric factors.
3. Increase your arm strength.
Use a piece of elastic about 3 to 4 feet long or purchase one
with a baseball on the end. This can be used to stretch out
your arm and strengthen all the muscles in your throwing arm. Also, you can periodically throw “long toss” to be able to throw the ball
farther. This is done by throwing the ball at various
distances that increase in length as you go. The ideal is to
be testing the limits of your arm strength by the end of the exercise.
4. Get stronger for all aspects of
baseball. By starting a weight training program designed
for baseball players, you can get increase your arm strength, swinging power, and increase your stamina.
A weight training program can be used at anytime after
your 8th grade year.
5. Get a faster bat.
Use a plastic broom and take off the sweeper end and swing it
like a bat. You will be able to swing this more quickly and
by incorporating this into your swing routine, you will develop some polymetric effects when you go back to your
6. Get faster. Take lessons from a speed coach to develop faster speed. They will teach you a number of drills to help make your faster.
You can also purchase parachutes and cones to help with this
7. Get a stronger bat.
Practice hitting a somewhat flat basketball off a
batting tee or hitting a tire with your bat. This will help
you develop strength in all the muscles used for hitting a baseball. One caveat: while hitting the tire, save your best bat for games only and
not for hitting the tire with. It will increase your best
8. Become more balanced and
flexible. Take tai chi or other martial arts classes,
yoga classes, or even ballet. Do not laugh! Even football players like Herschel Walker have taken ballet to improve
their flexibility. Improved balance and flexibility will help
your batting swing, pitching motion, and increase your stamina by being more resistant to
9. Take baseball lessons. A
good baseball instructor can give you tons of tips and training exercises to improve your game. By getting lessons from a top instructor, you can start practicing their
tips and develop muscle memory. Then, you can videotape your
training and see where you can still improve. Training works
best if you periodically follow-up with your instructor.
As you can
see, you do not have to have a teammate or be at practice to get better. By applying a little time and will
power, you will find that baseball training by yourself can be even more effective that training in
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