Of all the skills of hitting, pitch recognition is the only one that has been almost entirely overlooked in baseball. This isn’t a bad thing for you because, as a player or coach, it means there’s an opportunity. An opportunity for a big advantage over the competition if you practice pitch recognition. If you or your hitters employ pitch recognition training into your regular routine you could enjoy a considerable advantage over the competition.
There have been other attempts at making training aids for pitch recognition but they have all used video of pitchers. While it can be good to watch video of pitchers on the bus or in the hotel room, it’s not the ideal way to train pitch recognition because it’s missing a crucial component – the flight of the ball (both path and speed) on it’s way to the plate. The skill of pitch recognition is about letting your brain making pattern connections between the release movement of the pitcher and the ball-flight. As the brain starts making these connections, hitters start recognizing pitches more quickly. And as they do that, they start to make more solid contact, stay off more bad pitches, and protect themselves faster from pitches coming at them. All this leads to a much more confident and competent lineup.
The Pitchview is the first training aid to allow hitters to view release and ballflight so the brain can start making pattern connections between the two. A baseball screen with a shatterproof protective window at the top, the Pitchview works by utilizing your own pitchers’ bullpen sessions. Whenever a pitcher is throwing in the bullpen, a hitter can be viewing from behind a pitchview. This is an efficient use of your own resources. The hitter just stands (or sits – the middle portion comes out) behind the Pitchview, which is stationed behind the catcher, and views pitches. He’s not taking swings, he’s just watching pitches and practicing his movement response to those pitches – all the way up to when he would swing.
Pitch recognition has never been able to be practiced so completely and so easily. The Pitchview runs off your own practice resources – your your bullpen. Don’t waste them! We’ve done that long enough! Whether it’s a game or a practice, anytime your pitchers are throwing in the bullpen, you can have at least one hitter viewing pitches (two if you have two Pitchviews). With each pitch viewed, your hitters are gaining a considerable edge over your competition who is likely not training pitch recognition at all.
The main thing is this: pitch recognition is currently an untapped opportunity in hitting – maybe the biggest untapped opportunity. Of all the great hitters we’ve seen, from Babe Ruth to Josh Donaldson, not one hitter has ever employed pitch recognition training into their regular routine. It’s time.
The Pitchview hits the bullseye of what pitch recognition is really about – making pattern connections between release and ball flight. The Pitchview is the only training aid that makes pitch recognition training possible.