The following 4 step hitting drill series is designed to speed up a slow bat by isolating the upper half of the body in the swing. As the hitter returns to swinging with two hands, along with reintroducing his lower half, he will notice an immediate improvement with his bat speed and power. This series is a small part of our huge range of Virtual Hitting Coach tools, including unique hitting drills and videos that provide simple hitting instruction on how to become a complete hitter.
Seated Bottom Hand Gym Ball is designed to isolate the bottom hand of the baseball swing, thus improving overall swing performance, as the hitter returns to swinging the bat with two hands. This simple hitting drill is great for teaching a hitter to stay closed off with his front shoulder, keep his head on the baseball, prevents rolling over on the baseball and is a great hitting drill for a hitter to stay through the baseball. The objective of this hitting drill is to teach the value of hitting the baseball with backspin to the opposite field.
Seated Top Hand Gym Ball is designed to train the all important role of the top hand in the baseball swing. The top hand is especially important for right hand hitters and right hand throwers, as the top hand is the dominant hand and will be a key power source for the baseball swing. Seated Top Hand Gym Ball also teaches a hitter to keep his head on the baseball, to stay through the ball, hit with backspin and prevents the hitter from rolling over at the point of contact. This baseball hitting drill is particularly useful for hitters’ that have a long and slow baseball swing, the top hand plays a key role with keeping the swing short and compact, and specifically on the inside pitch, where the elbow will drive into the rib cage, an action that is required for keeping your hands inside the baseball.
Standing Swing Gym Ball is a hitting drill that is designed to teach the core elements of the baseball hitting stance, reinforces the importance of balance and especially how to stay back when hitting a baseball. This baseball hitting drill isolates the swing from the waste up. The hitter will be unable to drive completely with his lower half, and as a result will have to generate most of his power by using his hands.
The objective with this Opposite Field Tee-Drill exercise is to demonstrate to the hitter the improvement in both swing power and bat speed. On the first swing the hitter will notice a significant difference in how hard he hits the baseball. The previous baseball hitting drills were designed to isolate and improve the speed and power of upper body in the swing, now returning to 2 hands, the hitter will notice an immediate improvement in his swing performance.
Batting Practice where the hitter attempts to pull or hit home runs every swing, will result in bat drag come game time. It is essential that a hitter has a balanced hitting regime that includes a solid opposite field hitting approach.
As stated earlier, flying open causes a hitter to drop/dip the back shoulder. Dipping the back shoulder excessively will result in a long swing. Once the angle of the bat head drops beyond the point of no return, there is little chance of catching up to a good fastball.
A tight grip will cause tension in the forearms that results in a long swing and bat drag. There is nothing worse than watching a hitter tense up on the bat so much that he looks like Frankenstein when he swings. A loose grip equates to a quick and tension free baseball swing.
Besides the hands, the next worse spot to tense up is the arms and elbows. Tension in the arms will result in a long and slow baseball swing. It is important that a hitter minimizes tension in the upper body, especially as he is setting up in his batting stance.