Today, we’re going to share some baseball hitting drills that are perfect for elevating your players’ hitting skills.
Blind Tee Drill
With this baseball hitting drill, your hitter will step into the box, assume his stance, look out to the pitcher, and then close his eyes and hit the pitch.
The reason that he’s going to work on closing his eyes is it allows him to feel how his body is working in the swing. And he can work and feel the sequence of the swing.
By that, we mean when his front foot makes contact, his back heel comes up aggressively, he begins rotation of his feet to his legs to his hips, and eventually to his upper body. It allows the hitter to actually feel what the body is doing. And it gives him a better sense of presence of how the body parts are working together.
With blind tee drills, a hitter would want to complete 10-20 repetitions per day.
Some hitters will have tension in their swing and an easy way to work on relieving that tension is through the hum drill.
As the hitter steps in and assumes his stance, he will begin to hum. And he wants to keep that tone throughout the whole swing.
You will notice that some hitters, while doing this drill, will begin to hum and then just before the point of contact, they will raise that voice up a pitch because there’s a lot of tension in their swing. We’re going to try to keep tension out of our swing and keep our hum on one particular level.
With this baseball hitting drill, you player will toss the ball up, go through his swing, and try to hit line drives and ground balls. This is a real good rhythm and timing drill. Your player’s trying to work through the sequence of his swing and make sure that his swing is in the proper sequence.
In order to make contact in the proper place, you must toss the ball out in front of your body just slightly.
The hitter is trying to work on keeping his hands above the ball. If his hands are going below the ball at contact, then you will see him popping the ball up.
He will hit ground balls and line drives when he has his hands above the ball. It’s a very important point in hitting–that you want your hands above or over the ball at contact.
A variation of this drill is to use a tee ball or a Little League bat. We would do this because it’s easier to control, a little lighter to handle, and it allows your hitter to get that through the hitting zone just a little quicker.
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