How to Time the Fastball in Baseball
Ever heard the saying "Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing." Well that is a famous saying made not by a hitter, but by a pitcher. The great Warren Spahn made that saying famous. He understood how important timing was to hitting when he pitched. Hitters should understand the importance of timing for hitting success. The hitter's objective when studying an opposing pitcher is to figure out the timing. This article gives you tips on how to time the fastball in baseball. Whether a pitcher is throwing fast, average speed, or slow you will understand how to time the fastball.
Focus On Pitcher's Release
I believe that watching the pitcher's release is the most important thing when it comes to timing. I teach my students to start the step at release if a pitcher is throwing average speed. The key to timing is the step or stride. The step doesn't necessarily add power to the swing as some coaches and players think. The step is really for timing. Remember that the foot must get down before the hips and hands can get started. Ideal timing is when the batter steps and immediately upon toe touch the hips and hands start to the ball. Most hitters are late because they step late. If you are consistently late just start your step sooner and you will be on time.
Focusing on the pitcher's release can help you to see the ball better. That sounds elementary but it's true.