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There are literally millions of hitting drills available on the web right now, many of them are good, but many of them are just plain counterproductive. When you are a looking for a good hitting drill for your player or team, make sure it accomplishes one ore more of the following criteria.
1.) Promote a proper hitting position (body position at foot strike)
2.) Promote decision making and introduces cognitive interference (ideally with ball traveling toward hitter, but not always possible)
3.) Doesn't deviate too far from a normal swing. Many hitting drills (such as one handed drills) don't simulate what happens in a normal swing.
4.) Promotes proper sequencing of the swing (generating force from the ground, through the core to the hands).
5.) Promotes proper weight transfer
6.) Isolates one aspect of the swing while promoting proper movements throughout.
7.) Allows for visualization if the ball is not traveling toward them (on a tee).
8.) Promotes hitting the inside of the ball.
Hitting drills can be very beneficial, but doing the wrong drills can be detrimental.
Stay away from any drill that puts an object behind the tee and makes them swing over the top of it to hit the ball. The swing path simply shouldn't work that way. They will be on path with the ball for such a short period of time, they will have to have almost perfect timing to make solid contact with the ball.
Also avoid drills that isolate the hands and don't use the body. In the BBCOR era of high school and college baseball, sequencing the swing properly and being connected is more important than every. In the BESR era, if you hit the ball on the barrel it would go. Now, the hitter has to be connected to drive the ball.
With so many hitting drills available, it is imperative that you decide which ones will be beneficial, and which will be detrimental.
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