Free Tips on How to Be A Better Batsman
Here is some useful information you can start using right away:
- Pick Your Bat Up High With Your Hands. By doing this you create a large arm pull, which maximises the power in the ball. It also helps turn your front shoulder into the ball for your offside shots.
- Make Sure You Move Your Shoulder and Feet As One Unit. Just 'planting' your front foot when playing forward will not help you very much. Nor will 'getting your foot to the pitch of the ball" which can cause you to over stride. Leaning in with your front shoulder and then your foot can offer support, is the best way of doing it. It's only by having a balanced stride (shoulder and foot lined up) that you have a stable base to hit from on the front foot.
- Work Out A Trigger Movement To Suit You. There is no single way to bat - only your way - if it WORKS. If you go back and across, don't forget to still move into the ball when it's pitched up (90% of balls will be). Moving back makes the bowler seem slower so if you are struggling with timing you might prefer to front foot press to get into the front foot sooner. As long as you have your head still at the point of delivery, triggers are merely to get the feeling you are not standing still. You may choose not to move at all and just step and hit the ball as you see it.
- Your Front Shoulder Is Your Steering Wheel. The front shoulder dictates where you are trying to hit the ball. Into the leg side you will open it, and into the off side you will close it. You don't want the back shoulder to take over when trying to control the front foot shots.
- Move Your Feet To Give You Best Chance of Hitting the Ball. If you wave at the ball flat footed you will get found out. Your feet take you into the line of the ball so your eyes (cameras) can also be lined up to the target (ball).
- Treat Every Ball As An Event. You can only play the ball about to be bowled not the one that follows it, or the ball before. Makes sure you play it on merit and try to score as many runs off it as you can. Don't let circumstances around you affect the judgement of the ball.
- If You Are In Trouble, Stand By The Umpire. The best place to play a difficult bowler from is at the non-striker's end. If you get into trouble batting try to get up by the umpire by rotating the strike. That gives you a breather and a chance to share the batting pressure with your partner.
- Understand Where Your Strengths Are. Look to play in areas where you are strongest, not weakest. It sounds obvious yet players often try to hit into the part of the ground where they have less likelihood of success. Hit away from fielders. Target open areas. Perfect shots that allow you to have higher strike rates.
- When You Have Nets, Practice SOMETHING. Most batsmen go into general nets and never work at something specific. You have to be trying to achieve something when you bat - even simple outcomes, if not technical. Make a plan, stick to it, and discover you can gain confidence when you have a successful session.
- Bowling Machine or Throw Downs? Most people can look a million dollars on a bowling machine set for half-volleys at 65 mph. Make a bowling machine more challenging than that by having an awkward session where the length is far harder to hit. Bowling machines are great for grooving but don't get hung up on them. High quality throw downs at pace are FAR closer to real bowling. Progressing from a machine to throw downs will make you a better batsman.