Whether playing competitively or just looking for some fun, everyone should know how to play the game of America's pastime. Baseball can be a great night out with friends and family, or it can be a solid workout. However you play, it is important to know the basics before you go out and play.
All you need to start crushing baseballs is the proper size bat and a baseball. If you go to your local batting cages, they will provide you with everything you need. Choosing the correct size bat depends mainly on your height. Once you have picked out the best bat for yourself, you are ready to hit.
2. Stance & Grip
The most important part of a baseball swung is the batter's stance. Any great hitter will tell you, it doesn't matter how good of a player you are, if you do not have a good stance, you have no chance against good pitching. The basics of getting into a good stance is being balanced. Start off by setting your feet about shoulder width apart, and increase from there until you feel comfortable. Next, you put weight into your legs by bending at the knees, and sinking into your hips. Now you should be in a nice, comfortable stance ready to hit, but first, make sure you are holding the bat properly. If you bat from the right side, your left hand goes on the bottom and right hand right on top (see top pic). If you bat from the left side, your right hand goes on the bottom and left hand on top (see bottom pic).
3. Swinging the Bat
Now that you are in a comfortable and powerful stance, it is time to crush some baseballs. Instead of having the "swing" mindset, think more about just throwing the hands. When you throw your hands at the ball, your bat will follow and will help you make more contact. You always want to try and make contact out in front of your body around your front foot. A helpful tip that I always use is, "Aim small, miss small". Aim for a small part of the ball, throw your hands at it, and more often than not, the ball will be crushed.
Playing baseball is a part of America's pastime that should be enjoyed by everyone. Since it began, the game has increased greatly as it is now played worldwide by billions of people. There are countless baseball and softball leagues from all ages available to join and batting cages are never more than a few miles away. Once you begin to crush baseballs, I guarantee you will become addicted and fall in love. Being able to crush a baseball is an unexplainable feeling that I hope everyone gets to experience some day. Now get out there and crush!