3 Tips For Improving Your Swing

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Blog, Recreation & Sports

While playing baseball, it is no secret that hitting the baseball is one of the hardest parts of the game. Many people spend an insane amount of time practicing their swing in baseball batting cages. If you are just starting out, or are an experienced player, there are a couple things that you can do to improve your swing. Here are 3 suggestions. 1. Embrace Your Natural Swing Every player is going to have a different style of swing. There are some mechanics that you can learn, and that is important. In fact, some of these mechanics will be mentioned shortly. However, first and foremost, you need to learn how to embrace your natural ability with hitting. While you are starting out, have a professional watch you swing. Not just once or twice, but a dozen times or so, so that they can see what they have to work with. A good coach will wait to give you pointers until they can tell what you can and can’t do. You should take the time to make sure that you swinging with your dominant side, that you know which eye is your dominant eye, and in what position you feel most comfortable. Then, you can move on from there. 2. Keep Your Back Foot On Its Toe Pro Baseball Insider provides some great tips for helping athletes improve their batting game. One of the best tips that they give to is keep your back foot up on the toes. This will help you to use the force of your body in the swing. If you are unable to use the momentum of your body to get the power in the ball, you are wasting a great deal of energy that could go into a great swing. There are few exceptions to this rule, so as a general guideline keep that foot on the toe. Ideally, a professional coach can help you tell if you are the exception that should keep your foot flat. 3. Keep The Leg, Hip and Head In A Straight Line Another great tip is to keep your back leg, hip and head in a straight line. This will help you to keep the weight properly shifted while you bat. If you are not careful and don’t keep the weight distributed right, you can waste all of your power on the wrong stance. Usually, one of the best ways to practice this is by hitting off a tee rather than being pitched to. These are just three suggestions to improving your hitting in...

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Gifts For Lacrosse Players (From Givers Who Don’t Really Understand The Game)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog

Lacrosse players are a breed of sportsmen and -women unlike any other, but if you don’t really understand the sport it can be hard to find them a game-related gift. If you need a holiday or birthday gift for a lacrosse player, but don’t know what he or she would like, read on for a few good ideas. Gifts A Lacrosse Player Will Love If you want to show your friend that you support his or her interest in the sport, but you don’t know how to tell a good lacrosse head from a bad one (let alone understand why some aren’t sold with the strings already on them) stick with gifts that aren’t equipment related. Try one of the following: A personalized hoodie or t-shirt. Lacrosse players are tough. Physical toughness is expected of players, but mental toughness is essential, or a player won’t last long in the sport. Try having a personalized hoodie or shirt made that says any of the following common lacrosse slogans: 7 Days Without Lacrosse Makes One Weak. A Lost Game Is Just Unfinished Business. If You Can’t Play Nice, Play Lacrosse. Lacrosse: Turning Violent Personalities Into World Class Athletes. Lacrosse: Legally Beating People With Sticks. If these saying sound a little mean to you, just remember: lacrosse is a rough sport and lacrosse players are born with attitude. A personalized First Aid Kit. Have his or her name embroidered on the outside of a first aid bag. Then, fill the bag with a small knife (about a 2″ pocket knife will do), a lighter, and a multi-purpose tool.  Did you think that the First-Aid kit was actually in case your friend got injured? You must have no idea how lacrosse players feel about their sticks. A gift certificate. Unless the lacrosse player in your life has been leaving hints around about what he or she really wants (like open gear catalogs with big red circles around the appropriate items), stick with a gift card. Most lacrosse players are pretty picky about the equipment that they use, so he or she will probably be happy to pick out what he or she wants – and you’ll get all of the credit for the gift, with none of the stress! Best Gag Gift For A Lacrosse Player – Ever. If you’re looking for a gag gift for your lacrosse playing friend, there’s one gift that’s perfect:  A bag full of baseballs (because if you can’t tough it out in lacrosse, you can always go play baseball). Fair Warning: Make sure no lacrosse sticks are in sight, hand the gift over, and run for your life before its opened. No matter what you get the lacrosse player in your life, he or she will appreciate the gift, especially if it shows a little insight into the fact that attitude, not equipment, is the most important part of the...

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