Heavy Bat Side-Toss
- Rounds – 3.
- Swings per round – 20.
- Set Up – Both arms inside your Laser Strap.
- Grip for Right-Handed Hitters – Right-hand grips the bat, shorten up 3-6 inches. Place your left-hand on your right shoulder.
- Grip for Left-Handed Hitters – Left-hand holds the bat, shorten up 3-6 inches. Place your right-hand on your left shoulder.
FASTBALL HITTING TIPS
- Use a heavy wood training bat and swing the bat with your core.
- To isolate the explosion phase of your swing start with your hands at the top of the strike zone and with your back elbow close to your rib cage.
- Keep your weight on the inside balls of your feet in a spread out stance.
- Load against your back leg, avoid putting too much weight on your leg, bending your knees past your toes, you’ll dis-engage your core.
- Toss the ball in between thigh and belly button high, and toss in between your front hip and belly button; replicating a pitch high and contact closer to your body, akin to a game day fastball where you’ve less time to react.
- Advanced hitters can work in a round at knee to thigh high if they understand how to tilt at the waist and remain balanced
- Start your swing with a small in turn of your front knee.
- Allow your hips to start your swing and whip your arms to the ball.
- Track the ball, start your swing as the ball arrives closer to your body, helping you to “stay closed” and “stay back.”
- Rotate your back foot from your hips, DON’T rotate your back foot from the ground up. Coaches can keep an eye on the back foot throughout the drill, making sure you’re turning your toes.
- Keep the bat as flat as possible at contact. Your forearms have to work hard to keep the barrel of a heavy bat level, improving power when returning to your gameday bat.
- Focus on hitting the ball up the middle with backspin, helping you to train “hands-inside-the-baseball.”
- Keep your head down at contact and on your follow through.
- If you have trouble keeping your head down, place a hat or ball in front of home plate, ensuring your look in this direction after contact.
- Don’t roll your wrists before of at contact, hold off until you feel pressure on your rear shoulder, signally over-extension.
- Keep your swing plane flat all the way through your swing. Avoid trying to lift on the follow through. Making contact with the high ball with a flat plane bat provides the lift. Otherwise, you’ll knock your head off the ball, over-rotate on your back foot, and fall off-balance.
- Remain balanced all the way through the swing. If you fall off-balance at any stage, this indicates either; incorrect weight distribution, swinging with arms as opposed to your hips, “pulling your head off the ball.”