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Best Baseball Hitting Drills
There are many baseball hitting drills out there in internet land. In fact, I currently have a list below of links going to other pages on my site where there are over 25 hitting drills with videos that I made explaining them. But, what I've done with this page is embed my favorite drills, or the ones that I think are the best baseball hitting drills, so that you guys can have a hub on where to go to find and implement into your hitting routines.
Top 10 Best Baseball Hitting Drills
#1 - The Barry Larkin Drill
I call this one The Barry Larkin Drill because, well…I stole it from Barry Larkin! So, when you teach this to your players, you should introduce it as The John Madden Drill, because I know you're going to steal this one! Barry was using this drill when working with Rickie Weeks and Dee Gordon at the facility I train at. That's right, I can drop names with the best of them. Without further ado, I introduce The Barry Larkin, John Madden, Insert Your Name Here Drill.
#2 - The Key West Drill (aka Under Water Swings)
I learned this drill when I was about 12 years old and I never forgot it since because I used a new bat and when my mother saw my brand new, RUSTED, water swishing around inside bat, bat, you can rest assured that memory stuck in my head. This hitting drill is great because it works all the little muscles and promotes stability in the abs, legs, arms, forearms, and wrists, It also shows the hitter how important ground force is and getting through the baseball. When performing this drill, just make sure you're not using your new bat and if you do, make sure to hide it from mom!
#3 - Pro Hitting Drills Progression
There are many drills in this video but I want to point out a few of them. As a whole, this is a great hitting drills progression, but the best baseball hitting drills in this video are the "Walking Happy Gilmore" and "Angled Toss". Watch Miami Marlins player Santiago Rodriguez (there I go again) as he goes through this hitting progression.
#4 - Skater Swings
Any ice skaters in the house? This drill will help you be a better hockey player for sure! It will also help you a little bit with your baseball swing. The whole idea behind the Skater Swings is that the hitter will keep his knees inside of his ankles, thus giving him the feeling of creating ground force in a swing. The more a hitter can get used to this feeling, the more power and balance his swing will be. Not to mention he'll be a beast on the ice!
#5 - The Jose Lobaton Hitting Drill
Jose Lobaton, MLB Catcher, and former teammate of mine was kind enough to teach me a great hitting drill that helped him hit a walk off home run in Game 3 of the Playoffs last season. I call this drill the Jose Lobaton Hitting Drill because he's the one who taught me. Loby is a great teacher, a good friend, and a hell of a baseball player. Please follow Jose on twitter @JLobaton21 and wish him good luck this season! Check out the video to learn more.
#6 - The NEW Fence Drill
The new fence drill has been around for ever. Wait, that doesn't make sense. Well...you see...it's just the old fence drill with a little something new. Everyone remembers the drill where you stand close to the fence to keep your hands from casting out when swinging. This is the same exact thing except we are going to add a ball on a tee to the mix. This way the hitter can not cheat and pull his front shoulder out to not hit the fence. He must keep that front shoulder in because his objective is to hit that baseball straight down the line of the fence. Make sure to use your neighbors fence and not yours when practicing this drill at first!
#7 - Back Toss
A simple but effective drill for all ages. I see a big difference in my hitters swings who are 8 years old as well as my college and pro hitters. This drill is easily performed by sitting directly behind the hitter (around where the catcher would be) and tossing balls forward into their hitting zone. Just remind the hitter to not let their weight get out front, but do get their hands extended through the baseball. You can work this drill to all angles of the field, inside, middle, and oppo.
#8 - The Bryce Harper Drill
Have you ever seen this guy hit? If so, you might want to take a page out of his book. That's exactly what we are doing in this drill. The next time you see Bryce Harper at bat, pay close attention to his front foot (his stride foot). He shows the entire bottom of his foot to the pitcher. Why is that important? So his can ask the pitcher if his spikes are clean? No! It's important because it keeps him closed and keeps his energy bottled up until he unloads it on the baseball. So, that's what we want to do with this drill. Simply...hit like Bryce Harper (easier said than done)!
#9 - The Flamingo Drill (aka The Front Leg Post Drill)
Why is it called the Flamingo Drill? Because I live in Florida, that's why, and because I just make up names for things. Got a problem with that? I'm not even sure if Flamingos stand on one leg but for some reason, I feel like they do a lot of the time. That's what you'll be doing in this drill. Creating force off of your backside, enough to propel you into a good front leg, where your back foot comes off the ground. This drill is a little hard to explain in writing, so just watch the video...or just think of yourself as a flamingo!
#10 - Stop at Contact
Stop! Hammer Time! Now every time you see me, my bat's in the perfect height. My feet are perfect on the floor and I'm balanced on my right. Now why didn't I ever, stop like this, because without the stinking baseballs, I just can't hit. You probably have to be born pre 1983 to understand that reference I just made, but you get the point. It's a good drill. Now stop! Hammer Tire!
#11 - The right way to swing a baseball bat
I wouldn't be a baseball coach if I didn't give you what you were looking for (hitting drills) and then tell you what I think you need to know. This video will give you some insight on the right way to swing a baseball bat. That's right, it's not a hitting drill, but it's probably the most important video out of all 10 of them. So please watch it until the end.
Obviously there are more than just 11 hitting drills out there and I even have more videos myself of more drills linked below. I just wanted to have a page where I could put my favorite or the best baseball drills on video that I have. So, again, at the links below there are more than you've just seen above.
But before you get ahead of yourself, let's talk about how you can use these drills. Implementing baseball hitting drills is a great way to fix any hitting problems we might develop as hitters in our swings. Hitting drills can condition us in the sense of repetitive positive hitting mechanics, so that our swing at game time is at its best.
As I mentioned before, there are many different types of baseball hitting drills out there to practice. In fact there are hundreds of them. I would encourage you to try some of the best baseball hitting drills and see which ones work best for you in helping maintain a good baseball swing.
Don't get too overwhelmed when it comes to picking some hitting drills to focus on because most of the time we are going to use them for fixing something and not preventing something. Therefore, we will know what we will have to use, because the problem will tell us. We won't have to go through every hitting drill until our swing comes back.
What I think every hitter should know is what hitting drills can fix what problems in a swing. So that means, if you know what is wrong with your swing, you'll know the best baseball hitting drills to use to help fix it.
Think of yourself as a doctor and when your swing gets sick you prescribe it the best hitting drills to make it feel better.
With that being said, below are some more baseball hitting drills that you can try. Good Luck!
Wait, wait, wait! Before you do that, scroll all the way down the page and watch the short video where it says "please do the following two things for me". Thanks!!