awesme bat speed drills

In today’s blog post, I am sharing some awesome bat speed drill ideas that you can incorporate into your next practice!  You will need multiple bats and balls for these bat speed drill run-throughs.

Bat Speed Drill 1: Standing Bat Drill

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Setup: Here you’ll need two regular baseball bats.

Execution: Place one of the bats down in the middle of the plate, with the knob up in the air and the tip down on the ground. Now get into stance, holding your bat, and swing as fast as you can, to see if the wind created by your bat swing can knock over the standing bat. Give it 10 reps for one set and then give it a break.

Coaching Tips: Be careful! You don’t want to swing to close to the bat and connect with the knob. If you’re having trouble getting the bat to fall – don’t worry about it, most of the time it’s not going to happen, but the drill is very effective because it makes for a great bat speed goal.


Bat Speed Drill 2: Power Pack

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Setup: You need three kinds of bat. Your standard bat, a heavy bat, and a light bat.

Execution: To start off you’ll use your heavy bat, and knock off five swings with that one. Next, you switch to the light bat, and execute five more swings. Then, to finish the drill off, you’ll do five more swings with your regular bat.

Coaching Tips: You can do this as either a soft toss drill, or even just with dry swings. Regardless of how you do the drill, make sure that you’re focusing with all three bats on swinging as fast as you possibly can.


Bat Speed Drill 3: Self Serve Power Drill

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Setup: Here all you’ll need is a couple baseballs and a bat.

Execution: For this drill get simply get into batting stance with a ball in one hand and a bat in the other. Now toss the ball in the air up into your strike zone, and swing away, focusing on speed and power, imagining hitting the ball deep into center field.

Coaching Tips: Try switching up your toss hand. Most people are more comfortable tossing with the back hand, which is the exact reason why you should try throwing it with the other.


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    3 replies to "3 Awesome Bat Speed Drill Sets You MUST Add To Your Practice Plan!"

    • Don Ervin

      Bat speed drills #2.and #3. are excellent drills.
      I use the same principals within drill #2. during infield and outfield movements. which I call my {EVEN Load}{OVER LOAD} and {UNDER LOAD} system.
      Drill not only a good bat speed drill, it is also great for body rhythm and eye to ball contact. it forces one to maintain eye to ball contact throughout it’s full ball movement, up to down to contact. Throw the ball up at different heights, the lower the ball height the quicker the swing needs to be executed, higher ball height creates longer waiting swing time.
      For body unison and rhythm,
      I place a ball in my left hand letting ball in hand hang down,I hold a bat in my right hand held out in front of my eyes, chin high with barrel pointing up and back at app. 45 degrees, elbow slightly bent in semi cocked position, in unison I throw ball up and bring my bat down, back rotating my hand around and up to hitting position and hit the ball. This is the best individual rhythmic or otherwise eye hand hitting drill out there.
      Don Ervin

    • Eddie

      Great Article!

    • Fred Bartnicki

      Many great Drills and tips

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