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Hitting Drills

Handle-Weighted Swing Training Comes to the Batting Cage

The HeavyBat is specifically designed for live batting practice and hitting drills. It delivers a unique workout that helps create the proper hand path, while ballistically training the hitter’s fast- and slow-twitch “swing muscles.”

Players can use the HeavyBat for a variety of hitting drills (soft toss, front and ide tee work, live batting practice), allowing them to take a correct weighted swing that builds power and increases bat speed without any adverse impact on their natural mechanics.

Coaches and players have incorporated the HeavySwing and HeavyBat into their hitting and practice drills in a variety of ways. Here, we'll share some favorite drills, techniques and tips so you can add them to your training routine.


Drill: Back Knee Tee
Coach: Jason Stein, former MLB hitting coach assistant with Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers
Type: Baseball
Ages: 12+
Date Added: 2/8/17

This is a great "get-loose" drill for the hitter to help establish their path to the ball for the day.

·      Have the hitter get on their back knee with the front foot out toward the pitcher, making sure the hitter stays tall from the waist up to keep good posture. 

·      The concept of isolating the hitter’s hand path and upper body is essential to any hitter, with the mindset of hand path and barrel awareness.

·      Make sure that the hitter stays balanced and has a target, you can move the tee around from outside to middle to inside, changing the target as you go.  

The hitter should use the appropriate sized HeavyBat for this drill. Do 1 to 2 rounds, taking 10 to 12 swings in each round. 

 

 

Drill: Feet Together, Tee Forever
Coach: Jason Stein, former MLB hitting coach assistant with Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers
Type: Baseball
Ages: 12+
Date Added: 2/8/17

This is another drill in this progression of getting loose and establishing the hitter’s path for the day. 

Have the hitter stand next to the tee with both feet together, shoulders square to the pitcher. A target is necessary for this drill, as you can also move the tee around from outside to middle to inside. 

The key to this drill is isolating the upper body to focus on the hand path and barrel awareness.

This drill also has two different variations: 1) You can have the hitter go from square to the pitcher to all the way open, and all the way closed (i.e., when the hitter is all the way open, they still have both feet together standing next to the tee, but their chest is facing the pitcher). 2) Another variation: The hitter stands all the way closed, but with their back facing the pitcher.

The hitter should use the appropriate sized HeavyBat for this drill. Do 1 round each of all three variations of this drill, taking 10-12 swings in each round.

 

 

Drill: Spread Wide, No Stride
Coach: Jason Stein, former MLB hitting coach assistant with Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers
Type: Baseball
Ages: All
Date Added: 2/8/17

This drill is designed for all hitters.

Have the hitter stand in the batter’s box next to the tee. Then, have them take a normal stride, as if they were hitting, and stop in a balanced launch position. This will be how wide you want the hitter’s feet apart. From this position, we want the hitter to pick a target with the tee and hit to the target, moving the tee again from outside, to middle, to inside. You want the hitter to only rotate the lower half of the body half of a turn.

After the hitter’s hand path is established for the day in this progression, we can give the hitter’s lower half back to them.

The hitter should use the appropriate sized HeavyBat for this drill. Do 2 rounds, taking 10 to 12 swings in each round. 

Notes:

1. A variation on this drill can be done with side toss or front toss. 

2. If a heavier sized HeavyBat than used on the first two drills (Back Knee Tee and Feet Together, Tee Forever) is available, it would be appropriate to move up in weight for this drill.

 

 

 


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