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Baseball Hitting Drills

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Much of hitting is focused on hitting mechanics and finding the ‘right’ baseball hitting drills for those mechanics. There is much more to hitting than just finding the right drills. At Driveline, we oriented our training around the ‘Big 3’: Bat speed, Bat-to-ball skills, and swing decisions.

We focus on making movement changes with athletes for two reasons:

First, swing the bat harder.

Second, to make more contact.

We don’t want to make changes just because of looks. We want to make sure they result in better performance.

There are three types of hitting drills that we’ll talk about today. Our first group of drills is programmed based on an athlete’s assessment. Our next set of drills revolves around ball flight intent, trying to hit the ball to a specific part of the field. Lastly, we’ll cover some more effective ways to use tee work instead of just setting the Tee up in the middle of the plate.

Offset Open

What are the purposes of Offset Open?

  • Improve swing depth and direction
  • Teaches athletes how to hit the ball the other way productively
  • Coiling into the back hip and maintaining posture

Offset Open is an excellent drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Downward swing path, losing the barrel, and poor barrel direction
  • Rolling over and weak opposite-field contact
  • Have trouble maintaining posture

Offset Closed

What are the purposes of Offset Closed?

  • Learning how to pull the ball effectively
  • Getting to the inside pitch
  • Torso rotation and upper body connection

Offset Closed is an excellent drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Pulling the ball in the air
  • Getting jammed
  • Under-rotated torso and contact or a push sequence, where hands rotate before the torso

Offset Rotation

What are the purposes of Offset Rotation?

  • Blends together Offset Open and Offset Closed with the game swing to work on adjustability
  • Training pure ball flight to all fields
  • Emphasizes proper sequencing of body segments

Offset Rotation is a great drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Hitting the ball effectively to all fields
  • Getting to pitches in different areas of the strike zone
  • Maintaining bat path to all fields

Hook ‘Em

What are the purposes of the Hook ‘Em drill?

  • Getting an even coil of the pelvis and torso in the load phase
  • Controlling the stride with a forward move
  • Hip-to-shoulder separation timing

Hook ‘Em’s are a great drill for hitters who struggle with

  • Loading their upper and lower half
  • Generating an aggressive, controlled forward movement with the stride
  • Maintaining their load and early extending as they move forward

Kershaw Drill

What are the purposes of the Kershaw drill?

  • Proper loading technique into the back hip
  • loading into the posterior chain
  • train balance and stability during the stride

Kershaws are an excellent drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • being overly quad-dominant when they load
  • lacking stability and balance when they stride
  • controlling the forward move

Step Back Drill

What are the purposes of step backs?

  • loading into the back hip and glute
  • coiling the pelvis and torso during the load
  • staying back during the stride and not overstriding/extending the back hip

Step backs are a great drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • loading into their back hip
  • lunging at the ball or controlling the stride
  • Weight distribution in the swing

Walk Through Drill

What are the purposes of the Walk Through drill?

  • Creating rhythm in the swing
  • Adding linear momentum
  • Increasing intent to swing fast

The Walk Through drill is great for hitters who struggle with:

  • Being rigid movers who tend to get stagnant
  • Have trouble moving fast
  • Hanging back when they swing

Keep it Fair Drill

What are the purposes of the Keep it Fair drill?

  • Rotating and clearing space
  • Hitting the inside pitch with pure ball flight
  • Increase rotational velocities of pelvis and torso

Keep it Fair is an excellent drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Hitting the inside pitch
  • Pulling the ball in the air
  • Poor rotational sequences
  • Hitting the inside pitch
  • Pulling the ball in the air
  • Poor rotational sequences

Intent-Focused Baseball Hitting Drills

The following two baseball-hitting drills focus on the intent of ball flight. We’re trying to train hitters to focus on hitting the ball to specific areas of the field.

High, Middle, Low Drill

What are the purposes of the High, Middle, Low drill?

  • Accomplishing pure ball flight at different pitch heights
  • Using posture to adjust to different pitch heights
  • Developing swing adjustability

High, Middle, Low is a great drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Hitting pitches at different heights in the zone
  • Manipulating the barrel with their hands
  • Have a swing that only works to one area of the strike zone

Launch Angle Ladder

What are the purposes of the Launch Angle Ladder?

  • Hitting the ball pure at different launch angles
  • Develop barrel awareness and adjustability
  • Get a feel for what different launch angles look like in the cage

Launch Angle Ladder is an excellent drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Elevating the ball or hitting too many pop-ups
  • Have poor barrel awareness
  • Inconsistent point of contact

Baseball Hitting Drills Using a Tee

In the last group of baseball hitting drills, we’ll cover drills to be used with a tee. While most of our training revolves around training at game-like intensities, there are focused times when athletes can work on a movement with a tee.

High Tee Drill

What are the purposes of the High Tee drill?

  • Train high pitch posture
  • Works a flatter bat path
  • Helps train upper body connection

High Tee is a great drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Hitting the high fastball or pitches up in the zone
  • High attack angle
  • Have a “push pattern” when they rotate

Low Tee Drill

What are the purposes of the Low Tee drill?

  • Learn how to elevate the low pitch
  • Add side bend while rotating
  • Maintaining posture

Low Tee is an excellent drill for hitters who struggle with:

  • Hitting ground balls on the low pitch
  • Early extension while they rotate
  • Low attack angles

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