Corrective Batting Drills...

Almost anyone who has ever coached baseball has a repertoire of batting drills to help improve the skills and performance of his batters. However, many coaches fail to utilize 'corrective' drills in an effort to strengthen specific batting weaknesses. Below are a few of my favorites:

CORRECTIVE DRILLS
Drill  Purpose   Corrects   Procedure 
Head Control Drill  Teaches the batter to keep head down and still Pulling head during swing
1)  Place fielder's glove on batter's head, pocket down
2)  Batter assumes normal stance and attempts to hit soft-toss pitches
3)  Batter concentrates on keeping head down and still during swing to prevent glove from falling
Weight Control Drill  Teaches proper balance and weight control Lunging weight forward during swing
1)  Batter assumes a normal stance except that weight is entirely on back leg and front foot is raised slightly off the ground
2)  Batter attempts to hit soft-toss pitches while maintaining balance position
3)  Batter will lose balance and fail to make solid contact without keeping weight back
Front Foot Drill  Teaches hitting down on the ball Upper-cutting
1)  Batter assumes a normal stance except weight is entirely on front leg and back foot is raised slightly off the ground
2)  Batter attempts to hit soft-toss pitches while maintaining balance position
3)  Batter will lose balance and fail to make solid contact if he attempts to take an upward swing at the pitch
Compact Swing Drill  Teaches fundamentals of a compact swing Long, slow swing stroke, upper-cutting
1)  Batter assumes a normal stance except that a fielder's glove is placed between the body and front arm
2)  Batter attempts to hit soft-toss pitches while keeping front elbow close enough to body to prevent glove from falling
3)  Glove will fall to ground if batter pulls front elbow from body for long swing or lifts elbow in an attempt to uppercut pitch
Kneeling Drill  Teaches fundamentals of good upper body technique Upper-cutting, head-pulling, lunging weight forward
1)  Batter kneels on back leg with front leg extended forward
2)  Batter attempts to hit soft-toss pitches
3)  Bat will strike the ground if batter uppercuts the pitch
Due to kneeling stance, batter is unable to lunge weight forward
 
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