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Thread: Can Fungo Improve your hitting?

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    Default Can Fungo Improve your hitting?

    As a kid we were always tossing a ball up to ourselves and hitting fly balls or grounders to our friends as a game. I see this in boys, but I very seldom see young girls tossing the ball up and hitting. I have a 10 year old DD that I am trying to help become a good hitter. She plays 10u Travel ball now. My question is do you think that the skill of being able to toss the ball to yourself and hit it where you want it to go translates into better hand eye coordination and subsequently helps to make a better hitter? I am interested in what some of you knowledgeable guys on this forum have to say.

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    I'm not one of those knowledgeable guys, but I can tell you that DD's hitting instructor has her do this at times for one of the drills.

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    I'm not one of those knowledgeable guys One of the best drills.
    The self flip drill is very valuable for hitters. It will force hitters to develop quick hands
    Obviously, the goal is to hit line drives and in the direction of where the ball was flipped, (middle, inside or outside). Hitters will notice that very quick hands are necessary to hit the ball consistently solid.
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    When we were young and went to visit my grandparents they had a gravel driveway. My brother and I would toss rocks up and hit them into the field for hours. Our old wood bats looked like a bear had been chewing on them. Heck I'm not sure if it helped, but it sure was fun.

    I still say ping pong it a great hand/eye coordination builder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOINGDEEP View Post
    When we were young and went to visit my grandparents they had a gravel driveway. My brother and I would toss rocks up and hit them into the field for hours. Our old wood bats looked like a bear had been chewing on them. Heck I'm not sure if it helped, but it sure was fun.

    I still say ping pong it a great hand/eye coordination builder.
    I think air hockey is also.

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    Thanks for responding. In order to hit the ball when tossed up to yourself will require quick hands. Rdbass thanks for pointing that out. GOINGDEEP, I have hit thousands of rocks with an old wood bat. Man, that brings up memories.

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    One of the best hitting coaches in the US, has told me "No," that it is not a good drill. I don't really have a way to apply it at a practice, so I haven't worried about it. I kind of liked it, before I was told differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy in AZ. View Post
    One of the best hitting coaches in the US, has told me "No," that it is not a good drill.
    I highly doubt Perfect Circle said that.
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    Thanks for the laugh. I thought that hitting fungo would help my slow pitch game, but it was obvious that nothing was going to help that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy in AZ. View Post
    One of the best hitting coaches in the US, has told me "No," that it is not a good drill. I don't really have a way to apply it at a practice, so I haven't worried about it. I kind of liked it, before I was told differently.
    There is actually a University of Oklahoma You Tube video in which they have incorporated the fungo with a defensive drill. I will try to find it later and post it

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