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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).

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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.

 

 

Examples of Hitting Drills that work:

Hit-Take

 

Inside/Outside, w/Hit/Take

 

Helmet Drill

 

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.

 

 

For other great info on baseball coaching of all levels, check us out at www.cornerstonecoachingacademy.com.  

 

 

 

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Comment by HENRY MUNEVAR on March 26, 2014 at 5:54pm

http://WWW.HENRYSBASEBALLCLUB.COM  A BALTIMORE SCOUT STATED THAT U NEED TO QUISE THE BUG.

MINOR LEAGUER CALLED TO DAY. I ASKED HOW HE DID HE SAID 2-5. WHAT DID HE MEAN BY THAT???????

Comment by Kip Gross on March 26, 2014 at 6:17pm
I tell hitters that if there is a bug in the batters box that they should ask the ump for time and then step on the bug and squish him. And that's the extent of squishing one should do in the batters box.
Comment by Kyle Nelson on March 26, 2014 at 7:05pm

Kip-

Excellent point! I will tell our guys to watch for those bugs... 

Comment by Bill Stanton on March 26, 2014 at 9:46pm
Kip- Haha. Perhaps a can of the Off spray in the on deck circle.

Henry- There isn't a pro scout or coach on the planet telling anyone to squish bugs.
Comment by RodChapman on March 27, 2014 at 7:54am

I spoke to a friend the other day and he said he screwed up his swing in minor league baseball AA, because of awful hitting coaches, so I imagine there are some telling kids to spin the back foot, they may not say squish the bug but I bet some still teach that back foot pivot off the ball of the foot which is terrible in my opinion.

Comment by Kyle Nelson on March 27, 2014 at 10:37am

I personally like the phrase "get away from your back side."  Here is one of my new favorite drills to promote proper weight transfer and avoid "squishing the bug"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38TBvCPc0_U 

Comment by Bill Stanton on March 27, 2014 at 11:40am

Kyle- I like that as well.

I posted your video here:

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