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List of Baseball Hitting Drills

written by: SimonHaestoe • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 7/5/2011

This article provides some hitting drills for the aspiring baseball player. Enjoy and benefit!

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    Drill Number One

    This article is going to give some different baseball hitting drills.

    First of all, the reason why you separate the hit movement into different exercises is to the highest degree possible - isolate the different things involved. This is done, in order to become as familiar and well versed with every part, of the hit movement, as possible.

    Let's go into the first drill, which is the coil. You practice this to make getting into the box, into stance, and into coiling routine behavior. To do this exercise, you need bat and helmet. Do this as a group with or without bats.

    Every player will have the right grip on the bat, and imagine he steps into a batter's box (put something on the ground to resemble a plate). The players will now get ready for the pitch, and in stance. A windup will be simulated by the coach, and so will a pitch.

    Let the player do the coil, and then freeze.

    Look for these things: has the player maintained his grip of the bat. Is he comfortable and relaxed. Make sure that not too much weight has rolled over on the back foot. Are the hands dropping or going up and back.

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    Drill Number 2 - The Stride

    Let's go into the second drill, where you practice the stride. You will need a helmet and a bat for the exercise.

    Do this drill in a group, as the first drill, either with or without bats.

    This is how you do it: The players assume the stance. Then, the coach does a simulated windup and pretends to deliver a pitch. The player coils, strides, and then freezes. Make sure that the following things are true:

    The hands remain back and dropped. The majority of the player's weight is back, and he/she isn't lunging. The head remains at the same height.

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    Drill Number 3 - Hip Movement

    Let's go into the third drill. The player will, in this exercise, practice the hip rotation that happens during the swing and, hopefully, improve balance.

    The equipment needed is a bat and a helmet. As usual, the drill is done as a group with or without bats.

    The player will hold the bat with both arms, between forearm and bicep, behind his back. Let the bat's barrel be facing the catcher. Now let the player assume normal stance (with the bat in the same position as before). As in the other exercises, the coach simulates windup and pitch - and, just before throwing the ball, will scream inside or outside (depending on where he will throw the ball, of course). At this point, the hitter assumes coil, stride and then rotate his hips into an open position. On an inside pitch the hips will rotate his hips more open than if it is outside. Tell the player to concentrate on having the back hip drive the rotation of the hip.

    Look for these things in the player: the hip rotation should be performed on a level plane - meaning no leaning forward and no leaning back. In order for the hip rotation to be qualitative, the back foot must pivot.

    I hope that you benefit from these baseball hitting drills!

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