Special thanks to Michael for sending this one in. If you’ve every searched for fresh [tag]baseball coaching tips[/tag], you should try this one.
Place a folded towel under the hitter’s front elbow and have them [tag]swing[/tag] at pitches with it there.
The towel will not fall out if the swing is done correctly, because the elbow will pull down forcing the hands down and making them quicker through the zone. If they uppercut, the front elbow will fly upward and the towel will fall.
Don’t use this [tag]baseball[/tag] [tag]drill[/tag] too much because it shortens the arc of the swing out in front where you want [tag]extension[/tag]. I like to use it for about 3 weeks with the [tag]hitters[/tag] and then see if they are getting through the zone quickly.
Once they swinging correctly, we use the towel about every other day just to keep the muscle memory.