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Discussion: Batting Cages- good or bad idea

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April 10, 2012
Men's 70
473 posts
Batting Cages- good or bad idea
Again, please excuse my ignorance but I find this site the best
to obtain knowledge about slowpitch. I frequently go to an outdoor batting cage which has a "slowpitch" setting and uses a solid yellow ball. Although the arc is too flat and the speed too fast, it is the only way I can get swings in. Is it a good or bad idea to use this method to break in a new combat senior bat. My alternative is team batting practice but I only get in 12 to 20 swings. Thank you.
April 10, 2012
Men's 65
1000 posts
I think you may wish to invest in a portable tee so you can hit at will whenever/wherever you want to. I use a tee and a hitting net (both are portable) and I go to a park and hit three buckets of balls each time. I run wind sprints between buckets to get that workout in.
Good Luck
April 10, 2012
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
personally i would go with the bp only for break in of bats,the cage balls can be destructive to your bat......i take a couple(3) of old bats into the cage when i hit,1 heavy and 1 light and 1 game weight....i do a bat speed drill that mike macenko has spoken of.....
April 10, 2012
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
ed/surf i do the same but usually go the local high school can work on your arm by throwing the balls back in also.i usually do 100 swings........also most of the time i don't need to be chasing balls over the fence as this is a baseball field with longer fences.....:):)
April 10, 2012
Men's 60
240 posts
I agree completely with surf88. When you hit from a tee you will be using the same type of softballs that you use in games. Hitting from a tee, the contact is usually more consistent. You can better judge the effect each hit has on the bat. It also gives you the opportunity to work on your mechanics.

While hitting live pitching is much more effective for getting your timing down, the tee hitting is more controlled and consistent. It's also great for trying new techniques like changing your grip, changing your stance, and for comparing different bats.
April 10, 2012
Men's 50
2609 posts
hombre, exactly correct. The problem is when guys don't have enough discipline to use tee work for things like you said, and just want to see how far they can hit the ball.
April 10, 2012
Men's 65
330 posts
If you want to break in a new bat use fast pitch at the
slowest speed. If you want to hit get a tee
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