How to Break In a Composite Bat

Some people say you need to break in a composite bat. If this is true, then you need to do the following: 1. These bats have a much longer break-in period than aluminum bats. 2.The best way to break one in is to hit real baseballs is in batting practice by taking 100 to 200 […]

Preseason Bunting Practice – Even Sluggers Do It

Preseason is a time to get used to seeing the baseball again and bunting is a good way to get you started. Bunting drills are a staple of the early days of spring training. One of the fixtures of Twins spring training in recent years has been Rod Carew teaching bunting. If preseason bunting practice […]

Soft Toss from Behind the Hitter

Soft toss from behind the hitter is a good variation on regular soft toss. It teaches hand-eye coordination, tracking of the ball, and waiting for the ball to get to the hitting zone. It is always good to put a variety of drills together when working with young hitters. [do action=”add-youtube-video” id=”WuuIgh9VJ-g” name=”Soft Toss Variation” […]

Increase Hitting Power with Forearm Grip Strengthening

Baseball hitting and grip strength have long been linked together. There are many different areas of your body and your game that can be trained and honed in order to improve your baseball hitting performance. One of the most overlooked and the least understood is your grip strength and your forearm training. Master this crucial […]

How Correct Hitting without Hurting Confidence

Correcting problems in a swing means you are telling your kids that they are doing something wrong. How do you correct them without hurting their confidence? The easiest way is with the Positive-Negative-Positive rule. Say something positive about what they are doing. Say what needs to be corrected. Say something positive again. Very simple. The […]

Teaching Hitting Stance

What keys should you focus on when teaching a kid to get ready to hit? See the ball with both eyes Parallel Stance Hands in a comfortable position Distance from the plate   As coaches we sometimes become anxious to jump into youth baseball hitting drills because we know the difficulty of teaching and learning the art […]

How to Grip a Baseball Bat. Don’t align your knuckles.

What is the best way to grip a baseball bat?  Align your knuckles?  Don’t align your knuckles? Which grip gives you the best chance of hitting the baseball? This article attempts to answer the best way to grip the bat.   The knocking knuckles grip is the universal way to hold a baseball or softball […]

Balloon Drill for Soft Hands in Catching and Bunting

Here are a few drills for the younger baseball players. There is a water balloon drill for soft hands and a drill for help with bunting.   Little League Hitting Drills sometimes requires the coach to be creative in order to break up the monotony of BP and a normal practice. Here’s some ideas which can be […]

Bottom Hand Soft Toss Drill

The Bottom Hand Soft Toss Drill is a more advanced drill.  It can help with hand-eye coordination as well as more solid contact. This drill also teaches the hitter to let the legs initiate the swing instead of pulling with the upper body. You can also try this drill off the tee instead of with […]

Rotational or Linear Mechanics to Increase Bat Speed?

As you already know, if you increase bat speed, you increase the power or distance that you can hit the ball. But, how do you increase bat speed? There are two thoughts on the swing.  Linear Mechanics vs Rotational Mechanics. Linear is a forward movement toward the ball.  While rotational is a spinning movement. Happy Gilmore would […]