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The Off-Speed Timing Drill is the most game-like form of timing work that includes changes in the speed of the pitch, a moving ball, and the Rebel’s Rack. We teach timing this way so players can understand that by preparing to turn and then turning as opposed to ‘trying to get a hit’, they have more control and ownership of their body and swing.
The Off-Speed Timing/Mix Drill allows instructors and coaches to start talking about what having a ‘fastball approach’ really means. A fastball approach allows hitters to prepare to turn for the fastest pitch of the pitcher, and then adjust through their front leg if the pitch is slower. This is only possible if the hitter prepares to turn early, and holds that ability to turn for the fastball. If the ball isn’t in the hitting zone yet, the hitter can ‘sink down’ into their legs and still explosively turn to crush balls they used to be ‘fooled on’ when they didn’t have the trained and deliberately drilled adjustment pattern.