Many kids drop their hands before beginning the baseball swing, which usually leads to a great number of popped up balls, if not strikeouts. No matter how many times you tell them to keep their hands up, they cannot do it, at least on the pitched ball. To help players keep their hands up and their bat in good starting position, this hitting drill works for that. Coaches can begin this drill on the batting tee and can also use it with flipped or pitched balls. When players drop their hands, they will get immediate feedback as they hit the batting tee, which is behind them and about waist high. After awhile, they understand the concept of keeping the hands up, which will help prevent the great number of popups they get.
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” now $5 and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” (preorder here) 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.