Baseball Hitting Drills
Baseball hitting drills offer a means to fine tune your skills and develop yourself as a better hitter. Hitting a baseball isn’t as easy as it may look. Hitting a baseball takes concentration, skill and the ability to master the baseball bat. This article will take a look at five solid hitting drills to increase your batting average or your skill with a baseball bat for other fun activities.
- Bunting Drills: Of all of baseball hitting assignments, bunting may very well be the most difficult. Bunting drills center on a pitcher and a batter. Have the pitcher pitch freely and the batter practice bunts, however, the bunts should be assigned by a coach before each pitch. In other words, down the first base line, third base line, back up the middle etc.
- Tee Batting Practice: If you are at an advanced level and think using a tee is for kids, thinks again. This drill is one of the best drills out there. The big difference here is each mistake is a sprint to first base. Have the batter use the tee with directional hits called out by the coach. This will help with hand/eye coordination, the movement of the hips and stepping into the ball for directional hits.
- Toss and Hit Drill: A simple drill that is a great tool for hand/eye coordination. The drill is simple. The batter tosses the ball into the air and hits it. Have them toss the ball up, alternating hands and only gripping the bat with the hand not tossing the ball up. It's great for timing and builds arm strength as well as focus.
- The Batting Stick Drill: This is a standard batting drill where the batter stands at the plate hitting each pitch he believes to be in the strike zone. After each contact, the bat is reviewed to see where contact was made. This will assist the batter in understanding how a late or early swing affects the ball, as well as teaching them where a ball will travel based on ball to bat contact.
- Directional Batting Drill: Using a grid, have the batter hit the ball where instructed. A point system is used to determine the winner, but more importantly it will allow you to work on the in and out step in directional hitting a baseball. This is a fun drill that often leads to some stiff competition among the players.