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Drive the Ball More Consistently Using the “Top Hand Drill!”

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.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Hitting Breakdowns & Drills for All Levels.” View other world class Softball videos!

Repair the Goofy Foot Attacker for a Stronger Offense!

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.

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

New Softball DVDs featuring Mike Estes!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, February 10, 2012

Here are a couple Softball DVDs we have recently released featuring Mike Estes.  His team finished 2011 as one of the top 10 high school teams in the nation.  Check out these two Softball DVDs titled:

The Game-Ready Approach to Softball Practice

  • Save practice time by simultaneously building your athletes’ skills and fitness
  • Discover warm-up throws that activate the muscles, create 12-6 backspin, and drill-in proper mechanics
  • Run infield practice that covers ground balls, bunts, throws to the bases, and double plays
  • Develop outfield skills to improve reads, catching, and conditioning while also emphasizing quick, accurate throws
  • Teach team defense that connects infielders to infielders, outfielders to infielders and creates excellent communication across the field
  • Get your players into a base-running progression that focuses on footwork and connection to the coaches
  • 15 Hitting Drills for a Balanced and Explosive Swing

  • 15 drills you can use daily as an athlete or coach to develop a balanced and explosive swing
  • Breakdown and eliminate common swing flaws
  • Explode on contact with every pitch

    Purchase the two DVDs together and save $10!
    Mike Estes 2-Pack

    New Softball DVDs featuring Kyla Holas!

    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:

    Creating the Complete Slap Hitter

    • Learn creative and competitive drills that will develop consistent slap hitters
    • Master slapping techniques including contact slap, power slap, and the bunt — and know when to use them
    • Get over 15 drills to maximize the uniquely personal talents of your individual slappers
    • Employ proven techniques to keep the defense guessing
    • Get base running tips that enhance the importance of scoring runs and putting pressure on the defense

    Creating the Complete Outfielder

    • Learn drill progressions to improve footwork, throwing, ground balls and fly balls for outfielders
    • Get coaching tips to improve your team’s diving skills
    • Learn effective techniques to efficiently play balls off or near the fence

    Creating an Effective Screw Ball and Curve Ball

    • Take advantage of hitters with bat path issues
    • Develop more spin, movement, and accuracy on your pitcher’s curve ball and screw ball
    • Use a consistent starting point to fool the batter and deliver your pitch
    • Implement essential drills to enhance the effectiveness of your pitcher’s screw ball and curve ball

    Purchase the three DVDs as a package and save $15!

    Kyla Holas 3-Pack



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