By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, May 11, 2015
Mike Stith, founder and director of player development of Team Mizuno, believes in instilling the “palm up, palm down” method of hitting in his players. In this drill, players will target their dominant hand and focus on keeping their palm up through contact with the ball so the barrel of the bat stays in the zone longer.
Top Hand Drill
Drill Summary: For this drill, players need a tee, a bucket of balls and should position themselves so they’re hitting into a net. After setting up a ball on the tee, the player grips the bat using only their dominant hand and gets in their stance. Once set, the player turns and drives the ball into the net, focusing on keeping their palm up when hitting the ball. Continue using this method for a few minutes, then take a break.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Keep the palm up through contact.
2) Drive the knob of the bat through the inside half of the ball.
3) Stride out the same as your regular swing.
4) Use a bat the player can control with good posture.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Bond Shymansky, head coach at the University of Iowa, explains some key points of slide hitting. Coach Shymansky stresses good direction with the hips and leaving enough “real estate” on the backside.
Slide Hitter Adjustments
Drill Summary: To set up, a setter should stand in the middle of the court just in front of the net, and the drilling hitter should stand just behind them with their torso facing the outside. The coach lobs a variety of balls to the setter, who must set up the hitter on the outside so they can perform a slide hit.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Chase the ball into the zone from a parallel position.
2) Hip position. (Hip-sition)
3) Practice fooling the middle blocker.
4) Don’t run out of real estate on the backside.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, November 8, 2013
Work on proper techniques for fixing the goofy foot attacker with Chris Lamb, 14 year Head Coach of Wichita State University. You will see how to take the correct angle of attack that will help your goofy foot athletes develop stronger play at the net.
Two Step Hitting Drill
The key is to bring the goofy foot attacker more toward the middle of the court and have them chase the ball away from the setter.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
We have produced three new Softball DVDs featuring Kyla Holas. She is a 2X Conference USA Coach of the Year for the University of Houston as well as a former 3x All American. These Softball DVDs are called: