This is one of my favorite hitting drills because it helps players understand a number of important hitting concepts. First, it forces a weight shift, which is something that many young ballplayers fail to do or understand. Second, this drill prevents the batter’s front shoulder from pulling off the ball prematurely and third, this batting drill levels out the player’s hips, which prevents the back side collapse which leads to a number of popped up or missed balls. After hitters do this drill for a while, they will notice all their hitting mechanics improve and a greater number of solidly hit balls. Good luck and stay tuned for more hitting drills that help baseball players avoid too many popups. As mentioned in an earlier post, popped up balls are the easiest way to make offensive outs besides the strikeouts.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 27 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” now on Amazon is in the works. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 80 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.