BENEFITS OF TESTING AND TRAINING PITCH RECOGNITION
Reading the pitch type and initial ball flight within about 20 feet of pitch release allows hitters to make better swing decisions and swing adjustments. In other words, timing.
Pitch recognition is not a calculation; it is an association. What you see out of the pitcher’s hand associated with what it means at the plate. It comes from thousands of plate appearances but can be accelerated with proper training.
You beat the strikeout pitch (as it is called in a major league team’s hitting book) by recognizing and laying off. Get a better pitch to hit and do damage.
- Confidence comes with preparation. Step into the box feeling like you have seen that pitcher, or one like him, hundreds of times.
- Pitch Recognition testing shows if a struggling hitter’s problem is not “seeing” the ball. Do this before changing swing mechanics and creating a slump.
- Be the type of “selectively aggressive” hitter that pitchers hate to face.
- Film opponent pitchers to train for future games.