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Help me learn to switch hit

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  • Help me learn to switch hit

    I bat righty right now but i want to learn to bat lefty. Can anyone give me any tips.
    Born True Blue

  • #2
    Switch Hitting

    Have you even tried it yet???, Her'es what my son did........
    1. Back to the basics.....Hit from the Tee, He did/does 2x as much lefty as righty

    2. Move to a cage (40mph)once you are comfortable. Some people just cant do it without it hurting their elbows and wrists...

    3. Move up to the cage at what you normally hit.........

    4. Get some live cage or practice pitching from someone.

    You wont do this overnight..... It took my son about year or so of HARD WORK to get somewhat comfortable...He is now 15 and bats lefty in select and varsity games when the time is right and the coach gives him the OK

    GOOD LUCK...............


    • #3
      Practice hitting balls off the tee, after you've mastered that using GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MECHANICS! Then you can work on your timing either if you have a friend that pitches, or to a batting cage

      Edited: Darn, Jac beat me to it... bah, humbug... good job :P

      Edited again: You know there was a thread kind of like this back in the day

      The thing is, why work hard on being a switch hitter when you can focus that energy on trying to improve your current swing. Ya know?
      Last edited by XFactor; 09-26-2005, 09:45 PM.
      While I do prefer to interact with people in a gentle manner... I'm also not at all opposed to establishing my dominance in a reign of terror.


      • #4
        thank you both for the advice. my dad always tells me to just bat righty so ill try and make a decision soon, i would like to be able to bat from both sides.
        Born True Blue


        • #5
          I think it's just a question of how it works.

          I've always been able to do it from the time I started playing.
          "I feel like I'm the luckiest man on the face of the planet, I might have had a bad break or two but I have an awful lot to live for, thank you."
          -Lou Gehrig

          "You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
          - Christy Matthewson


          • #6
            my hitting coach who coache Tulane baseball for about 20 years says if u do regular stuff like eat cereal lefthanded or some everyday thing lefthanded along with ur right hand then u can try it but if u dont then just stick with the regular


            • #7
              wow thats interesing, I'll try that.
              Born True Blue


              • #8
                do u do that on a regular basis im saying...if u do then u can try switch hitting but if u dont then worry about spending that precious to another part of ur game


                • #9
                  If you're still in school then you can try writing left handed for an entire week.

                  I did and it worked out very well.
                  "I feel like I'm the luckiest man on the face of the planet, I might have had a bad break or two but I have an awful lot to live for, thank you."
                  -Lou Gehrig

                  "You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
                  - Christy Matthewson


                  • #10
                    I used to switch hit in little league. About the only thing I could do that the other kids couldn't...

                    Well, I could bunt too...


                    • #11
                      How old are you.... it may be better not to bother with switch-hitting.


                      • #12
                        I am 14 years old
                        Born True Blue


                        • #13
                          Yeah, with enough practice you could definitely make it work. I was just thinking that if you were, say, 18, that hard work might be better used developing your current swing, since you might not have time to adjust. But yeah, if your 14 you should go for it. Just practice a lot.


                          • #14
                            Ya ive already started in the batting cage and its going pretty well
                            Born True Blue


                            • #15
                              REASON#1 TO Switch HIT

                              Been a while since I checked the thread, go ahead guys and be a 5 tool player (if you are a true 5 tool player), but if you can make yourself a 6 tool player you will have a HUGE advantage over every other player that is at your skill level and the coach is looking at all of you trying to decide why should he pick you and not the other player. Ask any coach who has the upper hand and he will tell you a guy that can switch hit is on the top of the list over the others on the same skill level. Many times switch hitting will give you the thumbs up over another player that has you beat in one of the other tools...........