In this article, I show you a few of my best hitting drills for the advanced baseball player or softball player.
I take you through a normal hitting progression with one of my advanced baseball players, Shane Hoffpauir.
Table of Contents
- Best Baseball Gear in 2021
- Advanced Player Hitting Drills Video
- Warm Up – Form Up – Time Up – Game
- Heavy Bag Drills
- Front Hand Tee Drill
- Back Hand Tee Drill
- Alternating Hand Tee Drill
- One Hand Leg Go
- Leg Swing One Hand Let Go
- Quick Tip on Hitting Drills
- One Hand Soft Toss
- One Hand Front Toss Drill
- Back Hand Front Toss Drill
- Full Swing Hitting Drills
Best Baseball Gear in 2021
Players, coaches, and parents ask for my advice regarding baseball gear.
As a result, I compiled a list of my favorite baseball gear in 2021.
- Cat Bat
- Heavy Bag
- Practice Net
- Wilson A 2000 Catcher’s Mitt
- Akadema Mantis Catcher’s Mitt
- Tanner Tee
- Atec Tee
- Tiger Stick
- Catching Gear
Advanced Player Hitting Drills Video
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Warm Up – Form Up – Time Up – Game
First, it drives me crazy when I see players step out of the car, walk to the field, and start swinging out of their shoes.
Players must focus on the little things so the big things take care of themselves.
In fact, I released an entire hitting course centered around isolating vital parts of the swing and perfecting those movements.
So, I suggest going through a hitting checklist as part of your pre-game and pre-practice routine.
This is also a great way to prevent a hitting slump.
Then, warm up with isolation hitting drills to catch any break in your fundamentals.
Next, start forming up your swing by putting the individual movements together.
Step in the cage and start timing up your swing with the ball.
Finally, step to the plate and – GAME ON!
Heavy Bag Drills
First, I did not record Shane warming up on the heavy bag in the video.
I require all of my players to work through a progression of heavy bag drills before they step foot in the cage.
In fact, each of my advanced and best hitting drills in the cage mimic one of my heavy bag drills.
Front Hand Tee Drill
The front hand tee drill utilizes a tee and a light bat.
Shane uses a little league bat that he can comfortably handle with one hand.
The player hits the ball with the front arm up the middle or to the opposite field while leading with the hand to create lag.
As you can see in the video, the player is not trying to crush the ball. He is focusing on rhythm and keeping his hand and head in the correct position.
Also, this drill prevents extending the arm too early and spinning out.
Back Hand Tee Drill
Once the front hand drill looks solid, we switch hands and focus on keeping the elbow close to the body.
This drill helps get the back shoulder inside the ball and the front side down.
In addition, this hitting drill forces the player to swing with their shoulders which helps keep their shoulders in the zone longer.
As you can see, Shane’s head remains in perfect position through each drill.
Remember, it’s over if your head is crappy – cancel Christmas.
Alternating Hand Tee Drill
The alternating hand tee drill combines the first 2 drills.
After Shane hits the ball with his front hand, he switches hands as he brings the bat back.
Then, he hits the ball with his other hand.
I place a ball on the tee after each swing in order for Shane to get into a rhythm.
One Hand Leg Go
The one hand let go drill requires the player to take a full swing and extend after contact by letting the bat go with one hand.
The focus of this drill is to extend after contact and not extend too early.
Leg Swing One Hand Let Go
This drill progression combines basic leg swings with the one hand let go tee drill.
Essentially, this drill helps the player feel the lower half getting engaged in the swing.
It makes sure the front side gets down and really helps with a hitter’s load.
I review the importance of leg swings in my revolutionary online hitting course.
Quick Tip on Hitting Drills
For my advanced players like Shane, I encourage each player to customize the best hitting drills to serve their swing needs at that time.
In other words, players can shorten the session by doing less reps with each drill.
Or, more reps with less drills.
One Hand Soft Toss
The one hand soft toss drill is the same as the tee drill.
However, I mix things up by throwing the ball in different locations to make sure the hands stay inside the ball to hit it the other way.
One Hand Front Toss Drill
After soft toss, I move in front of Shane and start doing front toss.
Shane is an advanced hitter and I don’t start throwing front toss until 40 minutes into our hitting session.
Obviously, I put a focus on the little things – the isolation of key swing positions and movements.
The one hand front toss drill repeats the same movements as the one hand tee drills and soft toss drills.
It is simply a progression – we are forming up the swing from the ground up.
Quick Tip: Make it Difficult
Shane has been my student since before he started kid pitch.
If I had to guess, he could probably do these drills with his eyes closed.
So, I encourage my players to combine my best hitting drills and make it difficult.
As I’m throwing, I remind Shane to make it difficult by switching hands between every pitch, stop at contact, extend after contact, and more.
Back Hand Front Toss Drill
Once Shane finishes the front hand drill, he switches to the back hand front toss drill.
Obviously, this is the same drill we performed on the tee and with soft toss.
Full Swing Hitting Drills
So, time to start pressing our foot on the gas at this point in my hitting session with Shane.
If something in Shane’s swing doesn’t feel right, he would have stopped me at that point to work out the kink.
Additionally, I would have stopped Shane if I noticed something he wasn’t doing right.
Again, we warm up, form up, and time up with each hitting session.
Whether I’m working with a little league player or a professional in the big leagues, I start from the baseline by focusing on the little things.
First, I throw front toss from the left side towards Shane’s back shoulder.
This challenges him to stay inside the ball and hit it up the middle or the other way.
Then, I move to the right side and throw front toss to Shane.
This forces Shane to let the ball get deep into the zone and to not extend too early.
Again, I’m challenging Shane with every ball I throw to maintain proper fundamentals by staying inside the ball regardless of location.
I encourage all my students to be selective and disciplined at the plate even during batting practice.
If I throw a bad pitch during BP, don’t swing.
Advanced Baseball Swing – Frame by Frame
The best hitting drills always produce a picture perfect swing such as Shane’s swing.
I’ve taken 9 consecutive snapshots of his swing.
Finally, I move to the center and further back to start putting some heat behind my pitches.
From 35 feet away, the baseball gets to the plate quickly.
Ultimately, I’m trying to beat Shane with changing speeds and location of my pitches.
I like to use some baseball lingo as well as encourage my players at the end of a hitting session.
So, I hope you enjoyed my best hitting drills for advanced players as well as the progression.
Please leave a comment down below – I’d love to hear from you.
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