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Keeping your hands inside the ball


Rolling over on pitches is something that will happen to every player throughout the course of a season. Chances are if you rolled over on a pitch, the pitcher did a good job of keeping you off balance. You either were fooled on a breaking ball pitch or you just simply failed to stay inside the baseball. Rolling over isn’t the worst thing you can do, but allowing it to become a bad habit will be detrimental to your batting average. So how do you keep from rolling over on pitches?! It’s actually pretty simple.

Here are five simple batting tips.

1. Keep your hands inside the baseball.
2. Allow the ball to get deep in the zone.
3. Recognize off-speed early in the zone
4. Cut the field in half and have a completly oppisate field approach.
5. Focus on throwing the knob of the bat toward the ball.
6. Understanding the concept of the inside-out swing.

Many hitters, especially power hitters have been called “pull hitters”. This means that majority of pitches they hit are contacted in the front of the hitting zone. Hitters like this tend to be great fast ball hitters, but struggle with off-speed and breaking ball pitches. Being a pull hitter and rolling over can be ideal for left handers who are in situational hitting situations. Certain situations may call for you to get a guy from second to third with less than two outs.

Batting tips #1

Practice the inside out swing. Take a few practice swings at about 30%. Yes I said 30%:) Focus on pushing the knob of the bat as far forward without releasing your top hand foward and allowing the bat head to come through. Take 20-25 swings then move to the next drill.

Batting tips #2

Stand parallel to a wall or net. The distance between you and the wall should be about the length of the bat that you will be using. Get in your stance an attempt to take controlled balanced swings, while focusing on keeping your hands inside. If the bat hits the net or wall , your not keeping your hands inside enough, so adjust accordingly.

Batting tips #3

Place a Hitting tee not on the inner half but middle in half of the plate. Focus on keeping your hands inside and hit to the back of the net. The ball should be hit middle away even though the pitch is slightly in. If you pull the pitch, your not keeping your hands in for long enough so adjust accordingly.

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  • andy

    How many sets of each drill should u do. So u wont get bad habits

    • Art of Baseball

      It really depends on your physical make up but I think a good place to start is 5 x 5. Keep it simple, stupid at first.

      – M

  • Giggly ivy

    Your a faget

  • Anthonybenedicto26

    and nice video clip 

    • Art of Baseball

      Thanks Anthony!!!!

  • Anthonybenedicto26

    where can you get that batting tee ?

    • Art of Baseball

      You can order one like that off of ebay or Amazon for fairly cheap. You could also check your local sporting goods store.

  • Art of Baseball

    That is a great drill Skip. I may have to do a video that demonstrates that!

  • Skip

    One variatIon of drill#2 that we’ve used with success is sticking a swim noodle on a broomstick for padding, then sticking the broomstick down in the top of a tee. This apparatus is then placed a bat’s length away from the core, as with the fence drill in #2. We can then use it in conjunction with a double tee drill, soft toss or short toss to promote the inside out swing, with contact and feedback…

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    • Mark Brooks

      Great!!! Thanks for the bookmark!!! There is also a facebook page!

  • Richard Chandler

    Drill #2 is great for this. Just ten to fifteen swings a day changes everything. Another one I've used is to make a player stand in the box. I pitch to him. Without swinging he calls out "now" when he thinks he's let the pitch go as long as he can before swinging. After about five of these, I ask him to hit to the opposite field, It's amazing how much longer he will let the ball enter the zone and how easy he finds it to go opposite field.

    • Mark Brooks

      Richard are you a coach or do you have a child playing baseball?