5 Ways the Direction Drill Can Help You Stop Hooking Foul Balls

Written By: Eric Tyler

How To Stop Hooking Foul Balls

"Well anybody can pull the ball". This often said phrase may just be the most incorrect statement related to hitting. While any hitter can hit the ball to their pull side, only few can do it correctly and with power. Often times the hitter is either trained and forced to hit the ball backside or don't release the barrel well enough to pull it effectively.

The Direction Drill uses constraints to force the hitter to stay through the path of the ball instead of rolling their hands and pulling the bat through the zone instead of turning it.

5 Ways This Drill Forces You to Hit For Hit For More Power with Less Foul Balls

#1: Keeps the Bat On Plane with the Pitch Longer

The constraint of the noodle forces the hitter to keep their barrel through the zone and on plane with the pitch for a longer time. If the hitter is in and out of the zone too quickly they will pull their hands across their chest towards the pull side too early.

The Feedback

By doing so with the noodle there, the bat will hit the noodle and knock it over. In order for the drill to be done correctly, the hitter must keep the bat over the noodle with allows for a better bat path.

#2: Helps Hitters Upper Body Posture

This drill forces hitter to use better postureĀ (Hip Hinge and Side Bend). With the hitter forced to not swing around and into the noodle, they must use their posture and keep their back shoulder over the plate to allow the bat to move correctly.

#3: Eliminates "Pushing The Knob" Towards the Ball

A hitter that allows or pushes their head forward inside of the turn puts themselves at a great disadvantage. A head forward positioning in the stride leads hitters to be flat or even down through the zone with their bat path.

Body Posture

A forward head position while doing this drill will make it extremely difficult for the hitter to keep the bat above the noodle.

#4: You Can Hit and Drill at the SAME TIME! Wahooooo

Many people want to see immediate improvement and implementation with their drills. This drill allows the hitter to take their normal batting practice with both visual and constraint cues!

#5: Provides Immediate Feedback

Evaluating the success of this drill is pretty simple. If you hit the noodle in the swing, you're doing it wrong. Don't have to pick up the noodle after every swing, keep going you're getting better.

Evaluating the success of this drill is pretty simple. If you hit the noodle in the swing, you're doing it wrong. Don't have to pick up the noodle after every swing, keep going you're getting better.

The Direction Drill in Action

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