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June 8, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
batting practice
how do guys run one,how many swings,rounds.what about if you do tee work.
what balls do you use,new,used.
June 8, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
need to add what do you work on,hitting it out or for base hits.do you like a full field of players to against.
June 8, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
"hit against" is what i meant to say.
June 8, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
I just got back from bp. Probably our last chance before we play the Metro Stars :) on Friday.
We hit there rounds of 35 balls each. There were about 3 or 4 MCT's, 10 or 12 utrip distance's and the rest 44/375's.
I hit about 40 off my tee on Sunday. We had a team bat, Toxic, that needed breaking in. It took about 15 or 20 swings and then it was hot, or as hot as it could be. I wasn't impressed. Some of us took about 10 swings with it, one took all his swings with it.
I had some small cones that I set out at the infield holes and hit about half of my balls at them, the rest I just tried to hit the ball long.
For the first time I tried to "judy" the ball in for singles. I was surprised to see how easy it was. I don't know when or if I'll do that in a game.
As for running a bp session, I don't like to have too many. 3-6 is just about right.
June 8, 2010
4x4
Men's 65
597 posts
I hit a few rounds a week in the 50 count per round but once a week hit 2 rounds of 70 balls counting off the last ten "hits" and adding another to the tally if not a clean hit so can go as high as 100 per round if you don't stay tough through to the end. As I sometimes play league that same night I on occasion will only take one round of 70 to keep the arms fresh for that night. Bruce is right 3-6 is about the right number but often just two of us go out with a screen and balls to hit. The balls I keep are a mixture of the Trump training Orange/White balls - 2 dozen Baden "Fire" balls and the rest a mixture of good 44/375 balls using the O/W balls about every 5th ball to watch carry - spin to and off the bat to make adjustments.
June 9, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
well it sounds good,but do you guys really swing at 50 or more balls in a row.i like to do 25 than switch off with who ever else is there,and try to get a min of 2 hopefully 3 rounds in and sometimes 4 if time permits.i also try for the gaps like you said bruce but don't have cones out there to shoot at.with the screen i can practice to all fields without worrying about drilling a pitcher,as i try to hit the ball where it is pitched,instead of trying to pull everything.

now when i do tee work its 10 at a time and switch bats,i try to do the mike macenko bat speed drill when i do tee work,light bat (24 oz),heavy(32oz metal),game weight(26oz).and repeat this till i get at least 60 swings in up to 100.also have a set of weighted batting gloves(8oz)i use.
balls that i use are everything from 40 to 47 c.o.r. balls,ones i recover from games and hr balls that teams don't go get that i collect from our local field.also scour ebay as you can get real cheap new ones there sometimes.i have found balls there for less than $25 a dz,and that's shipped.

oh bruce you'll be proud of me,i got a combat 29fl to try,gonna see if i can get used to it.
June 9, 2010
Paco13
373 posts
Mad Dog, I guess you wanted us to know what you do for BP so you back door with a Q as if you were looking for info, and then bam,bam. Good work, we are proud of you.

Bruce, I heard that those Metro Star boys are good especially the one that has I guess 20 or 30 national and world championships and called himself wagon??? not sure but probably is because of his speed or perhaps he needs a truck to carry all his championships around. LMBO have fun guys, See U there. Not sure if the coach will allow me to play after my comments. HAHHAHAHAH. I need a nice glass of wine.
June 9, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
paco actually both,but there still is more to come i hope,just want to know how some guys go about keeping their skills up.i know i can't take 2 weeks off like i used to when i was in my 30's(60 now) and come right back swinging good.

so what is your addition to this thread???
June 9, 2010
Paco13
373 posts
Mad Dog, I hit like a little girl. So I do not have a lot of input. Now and then few of us get together and hit. Our session usually is 10 balls to warm up and then I hit 5 and the next hit 5 I hit 5 next hit five...until we hit around 50 balls. Then the next two do the same routine. I wish I had the time or the facilities to have more BP and perhaps I could become one of you guys. Good stuff,keep on posting. My sense of humor is very dry.
June 9, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
I hit with a group of roughly 13 and we each do a 2 dozen plus round and then another round. Makes for a long am.
When I go alone I use 2.5 doz and hit them out and bunch them up from out there and hit them back. I do 2-3 rounds like that, 2-3 times a week, if I can avoid doing it in the heat of the day. Sometimes the Cricket guys come and mess the plan up But sometimes I hit in their path anyway if I was there first because they take over the whole area.
June 9, 2010
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
401 posts
Crazy Puppy: The guys who answered so far are all super human. Most guys I know will do about 2 or 3 rounds of 20 balls unless we are in a tournament then 1 round of 20. Twenty is about a ball bag full.

I like to go with the pitch and hit all fields so that in a game memory muscles take over and I go to Auto adjust in a game (go with the pitch - no thinking).
June 9, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
833 posts
mad dog, I hit with some guys from my league team on Sundays. We hit about 25 each and do 2 or 3 rounds. I like to work on all fields during this BP. We also hit prior to league on Tuesdays. We hit about 25 each to get loose before we play. I also do T work a couple of times a week, weather permitting. I hit about 70 mixed balls - ASA balls, 47X525 old SSUSA balls and other assorted old balls. I hit 20-25 to each field and work on hitting gap shots. I'm basically a line-drive hitter, so that's what I focus on. My tournament team also hits prior to our first game each day of a tourney and only about 20 swings just to get loose.
June 9, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
E-Vac,
Oversize paint bucket 7 gal. Just to keep the muscles in tone. I hate going off a T, but the machines are good.
June 9, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3938 posts
jim they must be,i feel any thing over 25 at a time makes for bad habits by getting tired.maybe 30 max.
paco i like that way(5 swings and switch) if we could have enough to do it(usually only have 2-4 guys max,it can keep you fresh as you hit.
larry i like to hit before my tourney starts at the beginning of the each day,but a lot of my teammates don't care to.they say seeding games are for warm-up.
leagues yeah right,that'll never happen LOL.i do try to get there early and maybe get picked up to play with the kids.
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