Power Line Drill Corner – Developing Bat Speed, Pt. 1

Developing Bat Speed

 

Drill #1 Dry Swings

by: Mike Candrea and Jerry Stitt

 

The fact is that a hitter will I take hundreds more swings against an imaginary pitcher and an imaginary ball than she/ he will against a real ball. In the dry swing drills, the internal rhythm and balance necessary for game competitiveness can be developed using the Underload Training Bat. Many dry swings are taken in the on deck circle or in the hole. It is a good practice to the Underload Bat when preparing to hit in a game.

 

A. Wide stance-no stride. The hitter works from the stride position, driving the back knee toward the front knee, turning on the inside ball of the back foot, and firing the hands through nine contact points (i.e., high inside, high middle, high outside, middle inside, middle middle, middle outside, low inside, low middle, low outside). If the hands stay inside the imaginary ball the necessary "bat lag" and barrel whip will be felt. A variation on this drill is to swing with the eyes closed to better "feel" the rhythm and balance of the swing.

B. Wide stance-no stride-barrel stop. Similar to #IA, except that the hitter attempts to stop the barrel at the nine contact points.

C.Game stance-game stride-game swing. The hitter takes a game stance and imagines the windup and pitch "seeing" the ball out of the pitcher's hand and "hitting" the ball at the nine contact points.

D.Perfect pitch-perfect swing. Similar to #IC, except the hitter takes ten swings at what she/he "sees" as the perfect pitch.

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