Understanding your athletes’ hitting tendencies can help you coach them on correct form. If a player tends to hit ground balls, for example, she’s likely swinging too early. Coaching her to keep her weight back and position her head over her feet will help remedy this. Use the take one, hit one drill to evaluate your players’ hitting, so you can correct issues and train proper technique.
Hit one, take one drill
Purpose: To identify hitting tendencies and practice proper technique.
How it works: A player sets up to hit in front of a hitting net. A coach kneels about 5 feet away, facing the player. As the coach tosses a ball, the player takes a swing into the hitting net. Tosses should alternate between in, out and middle locations. The hitter should work on keeping her hands inside the ball, getting solid contact with good extension, and staying through the ball. She also needs to keep her back elbow up to avoid going up and under the ball. Every so often, the coach should fake the toss to assess where the hitter’s body is ending up.
Requirements: One player, a hitting net, a bat, balls, a coach and 20 feet of space