In today’s video blog post, I am sharing an excellent baseball hitting drill that incorporates tubing, which can be used to check that your players are understanding and executing the proper mechanics of hitting. The use of tubing allows hitters to feel feedback and gain a better sense of what they are doing right and wrong, based on the feel on the cord or the movement of the cord during the drill variations.
Diffiulty Level: Easy
Setup: For this drill, you’ll need a resistance band or some form of tubing, as well as a bat, and a couple of baseballs and a partner if possible.
Execution: Loop the reistance band around your back and under your arms, then grab an end of it with each hand. Mimic holding a bat in tight to your chest, and focus on extending your arms forward as if making contact with an imaginary ball just out in front of you. Then put the resistance band down, and go through 5 swings with a normal bat.
Coaching Tips: If you ever find it too easy or tohard, just adjust your hand position on the band – up tighter to make it more difficult, and down lower to make it easier.
Variations: You can also isolate one arm for an added degree of difficulty. Just loop the resistance band around your back shoulder, then grab it with your front hand, and repeat the drill as normal.
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