How To Improve Timing [7 Baseball Hitting Tips to Drastically Improve Timing]

What’s going on guys, Coach Madden, today we’re talking about the 7 tips to improve your timing
when hitting in baseball first I want to say thank you to big league grips for
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the plate check them out at first of all timing is
probably the most important part of the swing right you could have the most
beautiful swing in the world but if you’re not on time if you’re a little
bit late we’re a little bit early you’re probably gonna miss hit the ball if not
swing and miss so timing is very very important these 7 tips right here are
gonna help you if you’re struggling with your timing let’s get into it number 1
is you have to get in sync with the pitcher early right it doesn’t start
when you get into the box it starts when you’re on deck even in the hole even
before that watching during the game while the guy’s pitching to your
teammates when you’re a few batters away right pay attention to the game watch
this guy see what he’s throwing you know is he a straight fastball guy where he’s
burning fast balls by everyone or is he a junk ball pitcher throwing a little
bit slower this is gonna help you time him up right you have to pay attention
during the game and watch what this guy is doing because that has a lot to do
with your timing and if you’re watching you’re going to be more successful on
being on time when you get into the batter’s box so pay attention in the
hole work on it watch them when you get on deck start practicing right watch
that pitcher get in there take swings off of his pitches right we’re not just
taking a bunch of swings up there in the hole on deck we’re gonna you know get it
get our bats or our bat weight or whatever we’re using to get loose take a
couple swings but then we’re gonna swing off of the pitcher right as he lifts his
leg we’re kind of timing them up we’re getting into our leg lifts and then
we’re swinging take a few swings off of his pitches ok that’s how you tie them
up then obviously when you get into the box
that’s when the game begins tip number two for timing is focus on when you’re
getting your foot up versus when it’s getting down because for awhile I always
talked about get your front foot down in time right and you hear a lot of coaches
say that get your front foot down on time but sometimes I see guys getting
their front foot down too early some guys a few guys not too many
get their front foot down too late but I had Antonelli Matt Antonelli Antonelli
baseball on the channel last month and he talked about something really
interesting and he said that he works on his guys when they’re getting their
front foot up so he doesn’t worry about when it’s landing he worries more about
or teaches them or has them focus on when they’re lifting that front leg up
and that really helps them with timing I don’t always tell them get your foot
down earlier I tell them you’ve got to get this foot off the ground sooner you
have to be ready to launch the swing when the ball is about halfway there so
try that out really focus on when that front foots coming up so you could be
down in time on time and have better success typically when pitchers are
throwing guys want to have their front foot down and start their swing as that
ball is about half way now obviously if it was that easy everyone would be great
hitters but it’s not so we have to continually work on this and obviously
the pitchers job is to disrupt our timing that’s his whole job as a pitcher
right so we have to try to beat on time when he’s disrupting our time it’s a
very tough thing to do but if you focus on when your foot comes up you might
have a little bit more success in doing that try it out number three is to go
through a few pitches on deck and I already touched on this on tip number
one but I want to get a little more into detail on your pre at-bat routine as you
get into your on-deck circle right obviously like I said you want to take a
few swings with your weighted bats but then you’re taking swings on that guy’s
actual pitches another thing I like to do that really helps with this and get
you into a good state state of mind state of energy is to visualize your
best hit ever right so let’s say you hit a home run one time and you know you
think you can hit a home run off of this guy visual that visualize that in your
mind on deck before you get up here see that guy going through you could
actually watch this guy and still time his pitches while you’re taking a swing
in your mind on that great hit that you had so you get up there you’re
practicing your swing you’re seeing the pitcher load up you’re loading up your
time in Mumbai you’re imagining that homerun going out of the park so you’re
gonna put yourself into a good state of mind state of energy you’re ready to go
you’re feeling confident when you walk up to the plate and you’ve timed them up
when you’re on deck tip number four for improving your timing is to not throw
away pitches when you get up here right so now you’ve went through
warm-up routine you’re up to bat right now you don’t want to get up there and
take the first pitch take the second pitch to try to get your timing down
because now you’re swinging with two strikes you’re in a true strike approach
your swing and defensive you’re never really gonna have any success that way
so you want to be patiently aggressive is a great way to think about it yes you
want to be patient you want to make him come to you but you also want to be
aggressive when you do get that good pitch okay you also want to make
adjustments throughout the abet like I said before the pitchers main job is to
disrupt our balance and our timing right and our job is to be on time be balanced
and get a good hit right so it’s a battle and we have to make adjustments
during the bat if we know that when he gets to one on one count or two strike
count that he’s going 100% to his breaking ball then we gotta adjust for
that right we can’t have a fastball swing in a breaking ball count
vice-versa we can’t have a breaking ball swing in a fastball count so be
patiently aggressive when you’re up there don’t take too many strikes and
give it away to get your timing right be patiently aggressive get a good pitch
put a good swing on it tip number five for improving your timing and it’s pitch
recognition pitch recognition is huge when it comes to timing because guess
what as Mohammed Ali said you can’t hit what you can’t see right so you have to
be able to see that ball and you have to be able to see it all the way in one
thing I like to talk about and actually learn this from Antonelli again many
many years ago was having a moving from a soft focus to a hard focus all that
means is when you’re looking out there at the pitcher you want to have kind of
a gaze out there right you don’t want to be staring at his release point for 10
13 seconds as he’s getting ready to pitch because guess what your eyes are
gonna get watery right have you ever done that you stare at something for a
couple of seconds your eyes start to get blurry right you don’t want to do that
have a general soft focus out of the pitcher this way you can see everything
that he’s doing and you can kind of time up with him right now we move from that
soft focus into a hard focus as he gets to his release point so we’re not
straining our eyes the whole time we have that general gaze out there here we
go I’m seeing him he’s coming up and do his leg kick okay boom now I’m moving
into a hard focus now I see that ball on a hard focus very focused the whole way
in track it smash that ball over the fence or
wherever trying to hit it tip number six is to work on it and practice
practice talking about practice yeah you got to practice if you want to get
better right if you’re struggling with your timing let’s practice it okay that
means doing a little bit less t work right if you’re struggling with your
timing because the T is a great tool don’t get me wrong we can work on our
swing off of the T we can work on the mechanics and everything but the T does
not help us with timing so if you’re struggling with timing and you’re doing
all your practice swings off of a tee we need to adjust that right we need to do
more more live pitching more front toss more things where the balls are moving
so we can work on that rhythm and that flow and that timing when we’re hitting
so if you’re struggling a little bit less T work a little bit more live and
number seven I want you to have a little bit of a tempo a little bit of a dance a
little bit of a flow when you’re up here hitting right you can even count in your
head while you’re up here working on your swings right so when you get up to
bat and this is not in the game I’m talking about practice now have a little
bit of a count in your head as you’re going one two three swing okay start to
get that tempo and that timing so you can work on it okay whether it’s a count
of numbers or it’s a beat in your head maybe you’re hitting with headphones in
and you kind of work off of that beat okay now always trying to get that tempo
always trying to be fluid trying to have that good timing if you’re counting one
two three boom okay tempo and timing that’s going to
help you with your timing always remember – this is an athletic movement
we got to be fluid we can’t be too mechanical if you’re being too
mechanical here and you’re being like a robot it’s very hard to be smooth right
you’re gonna lack with your timing so try to be smooth try to be an athlete
try to have good fluid movements think about I really don’t like the word
mechanics think about movement over mechanics I hope you guys liked that
video let me know if you did we’re giving away a big-league grips down in
the comments below all you got to do is let me know what you’re gonna do to work
on your timing and how big-league grips would help you with your swing and leave
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55 thoughts on “How To Improve Timing [7 Baseball Hitting Tips to Drastically Improve Timing]

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  2. Man i love your videos but u should make a point to say what agre group you think each video best applies to because a lot of this stuff is stuff i would never want to introduce to my 9yr olds cus its over their heads and will confuse them. Just my 2 cents …keep up the good work!

  3. I'm sure Big League grips is a fine product. But if you use a tool like that on your existing bat when you take the grip off you're going to be swinging a bat with a thinner handle. That changes the biomechanics of the Swing to a degree. Palm up Palm down with a thicker handle has a different knuckle alignment than Palm up Palm down with a thinner handle. As we all know about this game, feel has a lot to do with success. If we're constantly changing the feel of our grip we could be affecting our consistency. Just saying.

  4. Another point, after looking at the big league grips you are also changing the shape of the handle. You are essentially going from a round handle to an axe handle. Which helps line up the knuckles as well. So keep that in mind when we're looking at training AIDS. Do the aides mimic actual bats we're using. If not, we could be creating nuances of imbalances because of those tools.

  5. 12u coach here. To be honest with you I've never thought too much about the grip when it comes to the swing. It's something we kind of take for granted. I've noticed that Mike Trout has an interesting but consistent grip. I've heard that a tight Top Hand like you're delivering a punch and a loose bottom hand helps, but I've never taught it to the kids because I think it complicates things. I'd sure be interested in knowing how one grip improves a swing over another. Seems that axe bats are all the rage right now.

  6. The Big League Grips should help my son with the palm up palm down position that is so essential for a good swing. As far as your tips go I think concentrating on when to get the foot up is a great tip. It changes the thought process.

  7. Great video. The looking at the ball one helped me the most. And I like how ur not like subscribe and like the video for a chance to win. Instead ur like comment which one helped u the most. I’m subscribed and when I saw that notification I clicked on it fast. P.s I wouldn’t mind owning one of those grips😀.

  8. Another great video by Coach Madden. You really make me look like a genius to my players and there parents. I watch your videos and then implement it into my practice with my players. Great stuff Coach Madden. See you in Mira Loma, Ca. On March 8 for the USSSA tryouts. My son is 9 yrs old and he cant wait. We have been practicing everyday to get ready. Your awesome. Thanks

  9. I feel like if I try to picture a homer in I’ll over swing and miss and more relaxed if I picture a line drive over ss head to left gap

  10. For sure is going be tip number 5 u right about how your eyes get watery thank a lot for this video wish u keep making these type of videos there really helpful 💯

  11. Definitely not a filler video this time! All of these tips are great. FYI John, I've been teaching hitting for 25 years at the high school / college/ international level and I have worked with major league-ers also. I'm not a scrub. I'm sorry my comment on that jab step video hit a nerve with you but honesty is important, isn't it?

  12. Coach do you have any workouts to be more explosive overall(like with barbells,dumbbells,and things in that area) btw happy Valentine's day

  13. I'm always looking for a great tool that will help my son with his bat speed and grip. I enjoy your videos and try to teach my son what I watch.

  14. Great information. Practice all this many times, then when you get up to the plate , forget it all and just look for a good pitch to hit. Confidence( after many hours of good practice) is the key to hitting. If you Know you can hit it, you probably can. If you think you can't hit it, you're probably right!

  15. To work on timing. I’m hitting semi-live Toss buckets in the cages. I think the most important part about timing is being consistant. So when I see the ball come out of the pitchers hand, all that matters is that everything is on time. And I think the the Big League grips item will help with that.

  16. Had my guys count a tempo on the pitcher from front leg lift to pitch in the zone.
    Also watched miggy’s homers from triple crown season and he was lifting front foot on pitcher front foot landing. Gonna use that this year.

  17. To work on my timing i am gonna listen to your tips. Practice live hitting maybe get to use a pitching machine more often practice a better bat speed so i can give a moment to work out the ball and then crush rather than guessing. To get a nice time to the pitch i can always get some game training and get some off some of our top pitchers

  18. Coach John awesome tips I would like to add tip no.8 load early up until release point to recognize which pitches are thrown to you when batting in the box.

  19. This is not for me but for my kids, the big league grip will help my kids out by teaching them how to place their hands and help them with live pitch by teaching them to count and watch the pitcher arms and focus on the ball more when it leaves their hands.

  20. Going to have my son watch some spring training games and try to tone those pitchers as if he's in the hole or on deck…. I'd def use the grip to make sure he's not rolling over on the ball. Thanks for another great vid!

  21. Quick question, im a 15 yr old Lhp and I throw about 75mph. Is that a good speed for my age and is it normal for me to throw slower since I'm left handed?

  22. My HS baseball seasons starts in 2 weeks, I think god wanted me to find this channel because it is so helpful and I have watched 4 videos and they all addressed what I need to work on 🙏🏽🙏🏽

  23. I need to watch the pitcher before I get up to bat and have more confidence in myself that I can actually hit decently well, and do more live hitting instead of off the tee. Thanks for the tips, much needed and appreciated

  24. As a little league coach (10U) love the thought of always picturing the best hit the kid ever had, or even the best hit the dream off when working on timing in the on deck circle. Thanks for the videos. Dang, almost forgot about the soft focus. Definitely will be talking and having the boys work on that.

  25. I think my son would benefit a great deal by using the grip to train I noticed lately while pitching to him his hands were all over the bat I thought I was just his new bat and trying to get used to it but it was throwing his timing off enough to where he wasn't really swinging as he normally does.

  26. Hey coach, This is probably one of, if not the best, video I've seen on bat timing. Thank you so much, and I will be implementing this into my sons training. Again, thank you and keep the videos coming. Good stuff

  27. I'm planning to do more live pitching with my trainer. Ill make sure to keep all your tips in mind especially the one regarding rhythm, as I have seen first hand that is where my struggles originate. The Big League Grip would be very useful because overtime I get batting gloves I rip a hole in my palm within 2 weeks and this would be a very durable alternative. I hope I get chosen!

  28. Great stuff. I really liked the not throwing pitches away and focus on getting the foot up not foot down. Too many players look for the perfect pitch.

  29. Allen Iverson "we talking about PRACTICE!" Curious to see if those bat grips work for my players, bet they need to PRACTICE.

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  31. Coach, my son just moved up to pitching machine and he seems to be out in front of the ball, but not extremely early. Any tips to help his timing out?

  32. I have a question. I play softball and baseball but when i play softball have a lot of problems with my timing in baseball . Wha i can do to have a great timing in softball and baseball???

  33. Hey coach, very useful video I appreciate it, currently playing club ball in Australia and timing currently is my issue, getting way to out in front. You’ve given me some helpful tips that I plan to work on
    That MLB grip would be very useful to work through your tips
    Cheer mate!

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