Trains hitters to swing through the point of contact and hit for more power.
- Set up a tee over home plate and place a slightly deflated basketball, soccer ball or volleyball on it.
- The first hitter sets up at the plate while the remaining players will shag balls.
How it Works
- After placing the ball on the tee, the hitter takes a slow practice swing to check his position relative to the plate.
- On the coach’s signal, the hitter takes his stride, loads up and swings hard, trying to drive the ball straight up the middle.
- Make sure the hitter is swinging through the ball and following through, not stopping at the point of contact.
- Retrieve the ball and repeat.
- Try creating a progression from your lightest ball to your heaviest (i.e.. volleyball, soccer ball, basketball). Then have the hitter take 5 swings with a normal baseball and feel the difference.
- Make it harder: Soft toss the basketball to the hitter, or rapid toss several balls in a row to work on bat speed.
- Make it easier: Start by using a weighted baseball or a baseball soaked overnight in water. Then work up to heavier balls as the hitter gains strength.