Coach Vic's Batting Cage and Hitting Academy

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DRILLS

 

Fence Drill

A good drill to reinforce the proper hand action is swinging the bat with both hands.Here is a drill that will help you to get the right feel for the proper path of the bat through the hitting zone. Remember, during this drill, all of the essential fundamentals must be adhered to; grip, stance, pre-swing, rhythm, etc.

Stand facing a fence, holding your back arm straight out so that the tip of your fingers just touch the fence. Now, with bat in hand and utilizing the proper fundamentals. Swing the bat through the hitting zone. Concentrate on taking your hands and the knob of the bat "to the ball". The tip of the bat should not hit the fence. If it does, you will get immediate negative feedback.

Hitting the fence is a result of "casting" or "sweeping" your hands around the hitting zone. To prevent this make sure you lead with the knob of the bat, keeping the bat close to the body, then launch the hips, take the  "hands directly to the ball" on an inside path. Be sure to hit against a stiff front side, and “snap the wrist” (do not roll the wrist) into the swing. Extend through the hitting zone, Follow through and finish the swing high and on balance.

Your belly button should be facing the imaginary pitcher. Remember, every time you swing the bat, swing it correctly. “Muscle Memory” is powerful. Use it to your advantage. Make your muscles remember the perfect swing when you practice. Then, come game time when your muscles are simply reacting, your swing will be accurate, powerful and repeatable. 

 

Up the Middle Drill

You also use the fence drill with the drill. Use all the same technique as in the wall drill. The only deference, now you will hit a ball off the tee. You place the ball 3” from the wall. Have the tee slight a head of you, since you hit the ball that way when you make contact. You do not want to hit the wall on this drill either.

You also don’t want to open your front shoulder prematurely, causing you to pull the ball. What you want to do is have the ball hug the wall so you are hitting the ball up the middle. Have a screen or net as a target when hitting the ball to aim for. Remember to keep your eyes on the ball and head down watching the ball make contact with the bat.

 

 

 

 

 

Target Drill

This is a drill to get you to hit the ball up the middle. It is also a drill to have fun and play a game. You have a target to aim and hit. Each section of the target has points. Bluiding the target, you paint the out section Black, the inner meiddle section Yellow, and the middle section Red. You place points to each section Black section is 1 point, the Yellow is 2 points, and Red is 3 points. Use the Hitting Tee, 15 baseballs, and the target. Set the tee 18 feet away from the target. The key to the drill and game is to score as many points as you can with a maximum of 45 points. You want to control the bat and ball, so you don’t swing as hard as you can. Work hard on this drill and you’ll make the pitchers Chuck n’ Duck!” 

Regular Two Hand Soft Toss Drill

You will have one hitter and one person tossing the ball around 10 feet away at a slight 40-degree angle to the front. The hitter is in his batting stance. The person tossing the ball goes to one knee. He tosses the ball underhand toward the batters’ hip closest to the pitcher. The hitter brings the bat through the strike zone, leading with the knob of the bat. As you extend your bottom-hand arm, you snap the barrelhead forward. The top hands’ wrist snaps, bringing the barrelhead through. Keeping your eyes on the ball and chin down, you rotate your hips toward the pitcher at the same time you pivot the back foot. Take a game swing. Drive the ball hard into the net. Hit the ball up the middle. You should make contact around 12-15 inches in front of you. Have the one tossing the balls feed the hitter around 20 balls and the switch.

 

 

Top Hand Only Soft Toss Drill

 

This drill is done exactly as the drill above. The difference is that instead of holding onto the bat with both hands, you use only your top hand for this drill. Choke up on the bat so it’s easier to control. Keep the bat higher than normal so your swing is not looping. Again, drive the ball hard into the net.

  Bottom Hand Only Soft Toss Drill

This drill is done exactly as the regular soft toss drill above. The difference is that instead of holding onto the bat with both hands or top hand, you use only your bottom hand for this drill. Choke up on the bat so it’s easier to control. Keep the bat higher than normal so your swing is not looping. Remember, to lead with the knob of the bat and keep your hand close to the body. Again, drive the ball hard into the net.

Back Leg Soft Toss Drill

You will have one hitter and one person tossing the ball around 10 feet away. The hitter is in batting stance. The person tossing the ball faces the hitter face to face and goes to one knee back toward the batters’ back leg. The ball is tossed with a slight arch to the back leg. The hitter rotates his hips slowly to hit the ball so the bat will drag. By doing this the ball gets deeper in the zone, so the angle of your bat will be where it needs to be to have the ball go the other way. Have the one tossing the balls feed the hitter around 20 balls and the switch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                     Kneeling Bottom Hand Drill

This drill is another soft toss drill. It’s done by kneeling down on the back leg and the front leg out straight as shown in the video. Toss the in close to the body so the hitter has to have to throw the bottom hand elbow back leading with the knob of the bat. This drill eliminates arm-barring or straightening that elbow pre-maturely.

 

 

 

 

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