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Switch Hitting

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Switch hitting is an aspect of baseball that not many athletes have the skills to become proficient at. Starting out is the hardest part of switch hitting. For many hitters, batting from the opposite side can bring out frustration and anger.

If you think your child has the ability to become a switch hitter, here is some advice. Listen to your kids; if they want to try, let them. Make sure to take it slow, though. Learning to bat from the opposite side of the plate is like learning a new swing. So don’t forget the basics. Make sure the hands are placed correctly on the bat and the proper foot is stepping toward the pitchers mound.

One of the hardest aspects of switch hitting is getting enough practice time. If a player practices for half an hour hitting right handed, they also need to take a half hours worth of swings from the left side. Remember to not short-change your primary side, either.

Switch hitting needs to be taught in practice or in a batting cage, not on the field. If a kid steps out in a Little League game without ever hitting from the opposite side, they will not succeed.  

It is a difficult skill to master, but switch hitting does have advantages. If a player is normally right handed and switches to the left side, there is a shorter distance from home to first base. Also, a player should bat right handed verse a left handed pitcher and vice versa. This allows the player to see the ball more clearly out of the pitchers hand, and gives the batter a longer time to see and react to the pitch.
Switch hitting is a great way to boost a player’s skills. Just remember it is strenuous and difficult, so it will not come easily. Be sure to spend more time practicing with your child. And when is that a bad thing?

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