Drill: “Switch Hitting”
“Develops a batters ability to switch hit from both sides of the plate.”
Objective: The batter practices batting from both sides of the plate without having to stop, reset, or adjust the machine. This repetitive practice helps develop a solid swing from both sides of the plate.
Procedure: The batter assumes the regular contact position. The batter takes 5 swings right-handed and then takes 5 swings left-handed. The batter can practice hitting a still or moving ball.
Recommended Number of Swings: Beginners: 3 sets of 5 swings from each side allowing 15 swings from both sides (30 swings total). Advanced players should double or triple this workout as their strength and skill improves.
Coaching Point: The batter must allow the ball to stop and reverse directions when the batter switches sides. “Front-side Closure” and “Triggering Mechanism” should be given special attention when practicing switch hitting. This is a simple closing movement of the batters front side prior to each swing. This “closing” action helps the batter keep the front side in and insures that solid contact is made with total plate coverage. A batter may find it easy and natural to “trigger” from the batters natural swing side. That same batter may need high numbers of practice swings from the “adopted side” of the plate to make “triggering “ from that side feel natural and comfortable.
Have a great weekend! Nick
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