In today’s baseball coaching video, we are demonstrating a great hitting drill called “The One Hand Hitting Drill”. In this drill, we are trying to build up strength in their front forearm, which will result in greater bat speed and they can have a quick bat through the strike zone.

Equipment needed:

Bat, Ball, Tee and Hitting Net



Breaking Down The One Hand Hitting Drill

Part 1:

  • We begin with one player down on their knees, with the bat in their front arm, and the back hand behind their back.
  • The front arm serves to “guide” the bat through the strike zone.
  • The back hand/arm is where the power is generated.
  • Emphasize that the hips are still turning, so they can generate power as well.
  • Now, have the player switch the bat to their back hand to develop strength in the power arm.
  • The front hand should be placed behind the back.
  • The back arm should be noticeably stronger and the bat swing should be much faster.
  • Next, place both hands on the bat. Remember, the top hand is the guide hand, and the back hand is generating the power, and you are looking for a short, quick, compact swing.


This drill can also be done is different variations:

  • Both knees down (kneeling)
  • One knee kneeling
  • Standing
  • Soft Toss (standing)

* It is important to note that the swing motion does not change when hitting with one hand. The back arm is always coming through the strike zone.


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