This section of this amazing website is all about the stuff that you can use to train, or just cool stuff you can wear. If you have played with people that are really good at this game, you would know that they practice, practice, practice. The players that really make it in the baseball world know that in order to be great at this sport, there is constant practice and repetition that you need to be religious about so that you can teach your body and your mind how to hit a baseball correctly or how to throw hard and accurate. Let me tell you about this one guy that really showed how this is true.
An Important Example
I remember this one really good kid in high school who played 3rd base and pitched. This guy carried the team whenever he pitched like he was really something else. I remember that we had these really long practices too, and he was in it the whole time. Other kids would mess around the whole time and just come to practice to hang out, but he came to play and win and get better. So the practices were after school every day and on Saturdays for about 5 hours. I know that these drained the hell out of me every day because you got these boring classes all day then you gotta practice hard after, trust me it got rough.
This guy would practice hard all afternoon, then to get his satisfaction, he made me catch for him after practice. I mean it was kinda scary because he throws pretty hard as you could imagine, not to mention it was dark too. By this, I can really see how he really drove to get better at the game and aimed to work harder than anyone else. This is a real winner attitude and this is what got him to be the best pitcher on the team when he wasn’t playing 3rd. With all of this extra work and with the drive to beat himself every day to get better, not only did he prove to the team that he was the best pitcher, but that he knew how to work hard.
The moral of the story is that with practice you can do anything you want, including getting better than all of your competitors. While they were out going to private training, he was on his grind getting better by just practicing with repetition and dedication. Hard work beats talent whenever talent fails to work hard, and most of the time they do fail to work hard. Take advantage of that whenever you can by practicing and loving the sport. That is the awesome thing about almost every sport, if you love it and work hard to get better, it will happen.
The products that we have reviewed can definitely help you get better at the great game of baseball. There is absolutely no BS because I know from experience that it is more fun to practice and get better than to strike out every time. I remember one season where I practiced hitting every day 2 months before it started and every game I had at least 2 line drives to the gaps in the outfield because I practiced. The next season I didn’t give any time for this and I basically had a strikeout every game. It sucked and yes it was regretted big time, but now I can tell you how important practice is.
Things to Know
Did you know that it takes an average of 66 days to instill a habit? So if that is an average I would even say 70 days to really make sure, so if you make time to practice every day for 70 days, your offense and defense will excel beyond anything you could imagine. And after that, you can just keep getting better because practice will come naturally and won’t be a hassle. You can make a habit of going out and pitching into a net or into a cage every day, or make a habit of hitting 15 balls off a tee every day. I can actually guarantee that you will get better and even be better than all of the people that don’t practice, no matter how good you think they are. It’s really that simple.
Additionally, gear doesn’t have to be all about practice, it can be about protection. One of the biggest parts of the game of baseball and excelling at it is the mindset that you have. If you are scared up at the plate every time, most likely you will not make it to first base. On the contrary, if you are confident in your skills and you want to hit the ball, there is a great chance that you will not only hit but hit it well. Some companies and make products for this purpose, and have been helping players get over fears of getting hit by pitches and such.
One company in this niche you probably know of is called EvoShield. This company has a whole line of devices that mold to you, and protect your skin and bones from the hardest pitches, so there is nothing to worry about. There is absolutely no shame in using them too because of the wide usage of their products. I can imagine at least 60% of MLB hitters use an EvoShield when they get up to the plate. Evoshields are probably the best protective equipment since baseball gloves. Did you know that players used to not even wear gloves? Go check out my post on gloves here it’s pretty amazing how baseball has changed.
Best Baseball Gear
Ok if the reason you came to this website was to check out the best gear that I wrote reviews on, you are now in baseball heaven. If you did not read the first half of this page I kindly suggest you 🙂
Real quick I just want to tell you guys that this stuff will not only make you a better baseball player but will change your mindset for the better. I have used these things for my own use so I think you should just trust me. Ok now without further ado, here is the best baseball gear that we reviewed.
EvoShield Protective Wrist Guard
So this might seem like a pretty obvious one but this is a really big one in the baseball world. This baseball protective device actually helps people get their average up. How does this in any way impact how a batter hits? It’s just a piece of plastic that protects you from getting black and blue. Well, I thought about this too, until I started using one. This helpful device that most MLB players use can help your baseball mindset. I said this at the beginning of this page, if you are scared that the ball is going to hit you at the plate, you will fail at hitting and most likely strike out every time like I did. Sometimes this might be the one minor thing that some people need to get past to unlock their inner beast. So basically it molds to your wrist so that it just feels like more skin, and then it protects you from fast grounders or wild pitches. This specific one is more for grounding but I got hit here a couple times at bat too. I personally love it because of the style it brings. Other than that this thing saved me so many times from some speeders and some wild pitches so I have the people at EvoShield for helping me there. My confidence to get in front of ground balls boosted and I just really enjoy the ball coming to me now because I’m not afraid. Anyways I’m giving away too much here go check out my full review to find out more and details about price and such.
SKLZ Baseball Training
I want to share with you guys that besides EvoShield, these guys probably are at the top of the baseball equipment ladder. These guys kill all of the baseball training game and its for a reason. My story at the first half of the article about how I practiced every day of the summer and got good included a SKLZ product that I’m writing a review on. I don’t know how baseball training can get any easier but again I do say that every time they release a product. Now I’ll tell you about some of the other ones that I love.
This thing can take your accuracy to the next level no matter where you’re at in baseball. Even though this is mainly for pitchers, my buddies and I used to just use this to get our accuracy up. I always love things that are multi-purpose. With really easy set-up and design, this is really an excellent tool to have if you’re a coach or if you’re just trying to get better. I love this thing personally.
The SKLZ Zip-N-Hit is a really cool tool that you can use to get your BP in before a game. What I really love about this is that it is a partner activity so you can make your players bond and help each other out at the same time. I know that there is a lot of other ways to do this but this is for like if there’s no cage or maybe you want something new to shake things up. Another really cool thing about this is that you can throw all types of pitches without even knowing how to throw them so your players can practice all of these before a game or at practice. Remember what I said about how repetition is the best practice. See my full review here.
SKLZ Lightning Bolt Pitching Machine Pro
This is a great machine if you’re by yourself because now you can just set this baby down and have something to pitch soft toss to you. I love getting soft toss because it teaches where you should hit the ball in regards to how deep in the box. Or you can have practice with this being a station off to the side, who knows. Some of the downsides are that it doesn’t take regular baseballs, it takes its own types of balls but you can probably replace them with wiffle balls or something. Check out my full review here to find out more on pricing and details.