By mixing how the coach tosses the ball into the hitter, what they are doing is changing the angle at which the ball gets into the hitting zone. This angle is crucial when it comes to barrel path and making sure a hitter can cover the entire zone.
The adjustments in angle can represent the differences in the angle of a fastball entering the zone compared to an off-speed pitch. Different pitches require different swings. The better a hitter gets at recognizing the angle of the pitch and matching it with the proper swing path, the more adjustable that hitter becomes.
Adjustability in Batting Practice
A hitter having the ability to adjust their swing to what the pitch is doing is crucial for them when it comes to hitting in a game. No two pitches they face will be the same. Whether different velocity, spin rate, angle, movement, or location, the pitch will always present something different. As a hitter, it is your job to recognize that and adjust accordingly.
Improved Barrel Control and Vision
- This drill forces hitters to adjust in a timely manner, and do to so they must understand where their barrel is and how to move it through space.
- Not only that but they must understand where the pitch actually is.
- Too many times do I ask a hitter where they thought the pitch was and they guess nowhere near where it actually was.
- Puts an emphasis on understanding where the pitch is and how they need to attack it.
- So instead of focusing solely on their swing and how they’re moving (again there is a time and place for that), their focus shifts to where the pitch is and how they can be successful against that pitch.
Other Drills That Help Improve Barrel Accuracy