UC Irvine associate head baseball coach Pat Shine demonstrates a One-Handed Hitting Drill to help you improve your bat swing [video above]. Shine implements the drill daily in the Anteaters' batting practice, emphasizing that "hitting is not a game of strength—it's a game of quickness."
Done off a tee, the drill should be performed with both your top and bottom hands. Use the following coaching points to execute the One-Handed Hitting Drill properly:
- Swing down on ball with top hand, bringing elbow into side
- Aim for top inside half of ball
- For bottom hand drill, follow through swing with hands
- Keep elbow down and inside of front hip
- 1x25 each hand
For more baseball training tips and drills, head over to the New Balance Baseball channel on STACK TV.