Thank you so much for this, coach! Your right about balls and strikes being subjective. It seems like pitches on the edge has been a bugaboo for me all season but the last two weeks or so it's really bothered me.Hey kiddo, Love your initiative...
The thing about balls and strikes is, they're subjective to the umpires perception. The edge pitches always change based on the Blue and their mood today.
My advise is to understand YOUR hitting zone! What can YOU drive with consistency? Continue to be aggressive, and work on timing. Hits will come. Do lots of tee work, placing the tee all over the zone... too high, too low, too in or out etc... Just remember to place the tee closer to the pitcher for inside pitches and closer to the catcher for outside. Get comfortable in you ability to hit anything! Good luck
I pretty much have the same hitting zones I had from last season. Early in the year, I'd drive anything in the middle or something that was sensibly low. I'm not talking low low...but something that is a little higher in the low zone. Being a left-handed hitter, I could deposit low and inside pitches into right and low and away pitches into left with a good amount of consistency. Plus, I'm still able to drive mistakes out of the park. But this was all before our three and five-hole hitters got injured to finish the season and I've seen pitches that look hittable but I feel like I need to try to do more than I really have to because I have no protection now in the lineup to get anything that I know I can hit. I'm going to try the tee drill you've described to see if it helps me out.