Stay Through The Ball With The Ping Pong Drill
In case you miss it in BR Weekly, I wanted to share with you a drill that has worked extremely well for almost all my hitters recently. It’s a simple yet effective idea because it connects well with something that we almost all have done at some point in our lives, ping pong!
How to Stay Through the Ball Better
The purpose of this drill is to slightly exaggerate the idea of “staying through the ball”. As we know, it requires not only barrel speed to hit the ball hard, but barrel accuracy. If only one of these ingredients is present, the hitter can not be their best. This drill will help the hitter feel a barrel path that allows for a large margin for error and increase the likelihood of a well-struck baseball even if their timing is slightly off. We know how important this is for long term success.
In this drill, the focus should be placed on:
- Upper body posture
- Proper upper body rotation followed by especially lead arm
- Barrel/lead arm release tracking towards the middle of the field to slightly backside
- Good stability through the swing
The Ping Pong Drill