Hitters | 3 Batting Drills to Improve Power

If you’re ready to add some real power to your swing, then the right technique is a key component in getting there. In addition to proper targeted exercises, these three hitting drills will have you swinging with greater power and launching bombs in no time.

Shaft to Shoulder

The first baseball hitting drill to improve power is called shaft-to-shoulder. As the name implies, this drill is about getting the shaft of the baseball bat in tight to the shoulder during the swing. You will need a baseball, a bat, and a tee for this drill.

With the ball on the tee, set up in your normal hitting stance. On your first swing, you a

Batting Tee

re not going to complete the swing. Rather you will approach the ball and stop at the point where the knob of the bat is pointed directly towards the pitcher and the barrel towards the catcher. At this point the bat is in a horizontal position.

The key to the drill is that when you stop here, the shaft of the bat should be against your back shoulder. When you move your hands out, the barrel of the bat moves away from the shoulder, and you lose control and bat speed.

After you make your partial swing, check to be sure the bat is level (horizontal), and that the shaft is resting against your shoulder. Then resume your normal hitting stance. Next take a full swing using the same motion as before.

This drill is designed to create muscle memory and a more level swing. For this to happen, you should continue the drill over and over for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Gap to Gap Drill

The gap-to-gap drill is perfect for improving power when hitting to any part of the field. This drill will help train you to drive the ball to the part of the field where it is pitched. In other words, when you see an inside pitch, you hit the ball hard to left-center. When a pitch is down the middle, you can drive it up the middle, and when it’s outside, crush it to the opposite field (right-center).

No matter where the pitch is, as long as it is in the strike zone, you want to hit the ball hard. This is often called a 2-0 swing. Swing each time as if you have 2 balls and no strikes. This is what Coach Steve Springer refers to as the mental side of hitting.

For this drill, you will need a bat, a ball, and a tee. On your first swing, set the tee up for an outside pitch, and focus on crushing the ball to the opposite field. Then reposition the tee for a pitch down the middle and hit the baseball hard down the center. Finally, set up for an inside pitch and focus on hitting the ball to left-center (assuming you are right handed).

There are two important things to consider when using the gap to gap hitting drill. First, always focus every swing on hitting the ball hard. You should take the same swing to the ball no matter where it is located in the strike zone. Second, move the tee between each swing to keep the pitches different.

When first starting out, keep the height of the tee consistent on every swing. As you begin to consistently hit the ball hard to the gaps and down the center like you want, consider changing the height of the tee for each pitch.

Always approach every swing with confidence and the intention of hitting the ball hard.

Feather Weight Bat Drill

Drilling with a light bat is a proven way to increase your bat speed–even when you return to using your full-weight bat. Here’s how it works:

Pick up a bat that is roughly 30% lighter than the bat you’re normally taking to the plate. In other words, if you’re normally hitting with a 30 oz big boy bat, pick up a 20 oz light weight composite for this drill. If you’re already hitting with a light bat, you may have to find a smaller bat to get the same effect.

You can use a tee or soft toss for this drill. You will assume your regular batting stance, and swing with your regular swing. The weight of the bat will be enough to help train your muscles of the mechanics of a quick swing.

Hit for about 10-15 minutes with the light bat, and watch your bat speed improve!

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