Another year means once again players are looking for MLB The Show 22 hitting tips and tricks to dominate at the plate.
Our MLB The Show 22 Hitting Guide will help you get your settings in place, hit more home runs, and learn necessary plate discipline to truly take your batting up a notch.
MLB The Show 22 Hitting Guide: Top Tips & Tricks
If you're new to the franchise in MLB The Show 22, it's not uncommon to struggle with hitting as you get rolling.
While difficulty choice and personal skill level will play a big role early on, there are some tried and true tips and tricks that'll put all players on the path to constant improvement.
If you have no desire to push towards higher difficulty levels to challenge yourself, get more XP, or compete at higher levels in Diamond Dynasty, there's no harm in dropping things down to Beginner to have a more casual and fun experience.
However, players who do want to continue improving will need to work at it and over time can truly step their hitting up to the next level.
Best batting settings, interface, and PCI
Before you get rolling, there are some quick changes that can be made to get things on the right track in MLB The Show 22.
The best place to tinker with settings is while in Custom Practice, as you'll be able to try something and then immediately see if it feels right or if you need to tweak again.
Once in, open up your core Gameplay Settings and look under Batting & Baserunning to ensure you're set to Zone as the Hitting Interface.
While you can absolutely see some success from the Directional or Timing Interface, those will lean more on player attributes and make it harder for you to actually get better and see success with more players in more games.
Most of the Zone Interface settings come down to personal preference, but we suggest using Strike Zone 2 as your Hitting View.
This tends to provide the best angle to see how the ball moves and know where to put your PCI for optimum impact.
As for the PCI itself, it's largely about personal preference and do not be afraid to mess with the visual PCI settings until you find what's best for you, but many players find turning off the Outer layer entirely helps reduce clutter in focusing on where to hit.
If you're still trying to nail down the controls, check out our batting controls guide for more details on how they work for each platform.
How to hit more Home Runs
Now that you've got an idea of how to get things set up, let's dig down into some of the tricks that'll help you hit more Home Runs in MLB The Show 22.
Most importantly, you'll want to get used to not swinging at some pitches, as it's very tempting for new players to try and hit everything regardless of whether the pitch is outside the strike zone.
Far outside and inside pitches are best to avoid, as even contact is more likely to result in a groundout or flyout, and there's a trick to identifying them.
If you're in Strike Zone 2 as your view, you'll want to watch whether the ball itself crosses in front of the pitcher after being thrown.
Because this view centers the pitching mound at the middle of your strike zone, you should be able to follow whether the ball moves in front of the pitcher.
If it does cross over quickly, it's probably heading far in that direction (far inside or outside, depending on pitching and hitting being right-handed or left-handed).
If the ball doesn't cross over at all or seems to take forever to do so, it's likely staying far on the side it was thrown from.
The best case scenario is that the ball takes just a moment before it starts to crossover and come directly in front of the pitcher, which should signal a pitch closer to the center of the strike zone is coming.
In an ideal world, those dead-center ones are the only ones you'll swing at, but this all takes time to develop and get better at.
In the past, players have also found success by using the PCI to try and following the pitcher's release and follow the ball as it's coming, but doing this can be very difficult to combine with good swing timing.
If Road to the Show is where you're trying to make those moonshots happen, check out our RTTS guide for more details on how to succeed in that game mode.
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