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.
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.
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.
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.
View an additional clip from the video: The Goofy Foot Repair Kit: Attacking Footwork Progressions. Also, view other Drills from our massive Volleyball collection!
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