Purpose

Improves hitting rhythm and bat speed

Drill Setup

  • This drill requires a lighter, thinner bat than you would normally use. You can purchase underload training bats from sporting goods retailers. Or simply use a smaller bat, a wooden dowel, or a sawed off broomstick.
  • Coach stands in front of the player and at a 45 degree or greater angle.

How it Works

  1. Player gets into stance and points the barrel of the training bat forward toward the pitcher.
  2. Upon the toss, the hitter rocks back into normal stance, swings and drives the ball.
Coach stands in front of the player and at a 45 degree or greater angle.

Coaching Tips

  • Hitter should be bringing his hands back upon the toss and then hitting through the ball with a good follow-through
  • When rocking back, hitter must get weight over the back foot
  • Hitter should also keep his elbow down
  • To make the drill more challenging, use mini-whiffle balls instead of baseballs

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