The following are three basic baseball hitting drills that will help batters perfect their batting, from coil to swing. These sort of exercises are advisable to all players, beginners or experienced players to ensure that they know their routine, and to keep their skills sharp. Coaches may wish to implement these sorts of drills into training sessions for their teams.
Coil: The first drill, a basic coil drill helps players ensure that when a pitch is delivered, they can automatically ready themselves for the incoming ball. It will especially help develop their coil timing. All that is needed is a bat and helmet and a coach or experienced player to throw an imaginary pitch. A batters box is preferable, to help the players become aware of their surroundings, but if there isn’t one available, a batters plate can be simulated by placing a glove or cone on the ground. To complete this drill, a player should step up to the plate, take their stance and get ready for a pitch. The coach (or experienced player) will then throw an imaginary pitch. The batter should then perform a coil, and freeze when he has reached his coil.
The coach can then examine the batters coil, to see if it is correctly performed, by checking whether his/her hands are in the right place, if they can see well (with both eyes, as some players turn their heads), and if the player is not straining into this positions. Then have the batter perform the drill a number of times, preferably improving it each time. NOTE: Some players prefer not to coil, if this is the case, advise them to learn, even if just in case so that they know how to coil correctly. A bad coil can lead to poor visibility and timing.
Stride: For this, the second drill, players will be working on learning the important aspects of the stride. It is advisable to combine this with a coil routine, so that players can learn to coil, and then stride out of it. Once again, the required equipment is a bat and helmet and an experienced pitcher or coach. A simulated batters plate can also be used if no cage/box is available.
The drill begins in the same way as the first drill, the coach will throw an imaginary pitch once the player has signalled ready for the pitch.
The players will then perform a coil, then a stride and freeze once they have completed their stride.
This time the coach can make sure of a few things. The batters weight should not be shifted forward like a lunge, but still shifted backwards. The batters’ hand should be behind them still, and should have dropped ready for the swing. Lastly, a players head should still be at the same height as in a coil.
Swing: The final drill is a swinging drill. The equipment required is the same as the first two drills. This drill will help a player dial in their swing and use it effectively against a ball when used for a real hit.
To complete this drill, the coach will again throw an imaginary pitch. The difference is that the coach should shout ‘Inside’ or ‘Outside’ as he throws. The batter will then complete the same motions as before, coil, stride and then swing at the pitch.
The coach should watch for all the details from the previous drills through the coil and the stride. Then, the coach should see if the swing is level, that the hands are leading the bat and the batters shoulders are rotating level with each other.
With these baseball hitting drills, a player can give himself the knowledge to make some good progress whilst hitting the baseball.