Baseball batting practice-to improve swing speed and flying distance with medicine ball

Batting Practice-to improve swing speed and flying distance with medicine ball

I recommend every team has a medicine ball. It can be used in many ways, for instance training particular parts of body or the whole body and it’s useful in practicing other sports. This time, I’m especially going to talk about batting practice, but of course you can also make use of it for pitching and throwing, so I really recommend this item for you.

In the video, they introduce a variety of practices with medicine ball. Every training is informative, so you should try that. They especially talk about training which focuses on the elasticity of the whole body and training where you use pivotal muscles like latissimus dorsi and abdominal muscle.

I paid attention to the training where he throws medicine ball far with his usual batting style, which starts from 0:18. Swinging medicine ball like a pendulum, you throw it far whenever you like.

As you can see from this video, the point of this training is transmission of power from the lower body to the upper body and to use the whole body. Using only the upper body or only the arm is not enough because it’s heavy to throw. In short, you need to use your whole body and you will take advantage of it for your original batting.

From my experience, I found that the ball doesn’t go straight if I throw it at bad timing. To throw medicine ball straight, you need to be aware of not only the whole body but the timing you throw it. Moreover, I think which angle you throw at is important. My best angle is a little bigger than level. Everyone has their own best angle, so you should figure out it. It must have a positive effect on your batting.

Finally, you have to bear in mind that you do this training both on left and right side so that the amount of muscle will not be unbalanced.

Please check it out.

Video source:メディシンボールで「スイングスピード」を上げる練習2