Tuesday Tips to Tattoo the Ball
Various Ball Flip Drills in Order of Importance
After batting tee work or, when a batting tee is unavailable, it is good to have hitters practice with flipped ball drills. Of course, the amount of room to hit and the type balls available always has to be a consideration for safety.
- Straight on flips behind a pitching screen – this is the most realistic and most beneficial flipped ball drill, but of course, it requires a pitching screen, along with batting cage or ball field. Because the ball comes from the same direction as the pitcher and balls can be flipped to the exact portion of the plate that coaches desire – inside, outside, middle, high and low, fast and slow. Coaches should be no more than about 20 feet in front of hitter so flips can be on a straight line, unless change ups are thrown, to make it most beneficial.
- Dropped balls – These are great to develop bat quickness and a good bat path to the ball, as not much room is necessary and drops are easily done with any type ball. Coaches stand to side and slightly in front of batter and drop balls from batter’s eye level, and only after the batter strides. A quick swing is necessary to hit these dropped balls, making it a very beneficial way to work on hitting. As mentioned, these drills can be done with whiffle balls or sock balls, making it a safe drill to do almost anywhere.
- Self-flips – Hitters flip ball up themselves, preferably with their top hand, before preparing the bat and swinging. Like dropped balls, the ball is flipped no higher than eye level and out front of the hitter in the contact zone. Once hitters get the knack of flipping balls, this flip method is very beneficial for developing a quick bat, bat preparation and bat control.
- Side flips – this is my least favorite way to do flips, even though it is the most traditional and often used method. Hitters can get away with long, incorrect swings with this flip, so I only use it for a couple of hitting drills. A quick compact swing is not necessary with this method of flipping, so it is the least beneficial flip method for developing good hitting mechanics.