One Tool To Stop Roll Over Groundballs

Written By: Garrett Gordon

One Tool To Stop Roll Over Groundballs

One of the biggest frustrations as a hit and parent is roll over groundballs. Recently, we found one tool to stop roll over groundballs, and we love it.

The Half bat has been around since as long as I can remember but I never understood why a hitter should use this.  Since introducing this into my lessons hitters have made great strides in regards to understanding how to move their body and bat correctly. 

From rollovers to weak pop-ups these three flat bat variations will help cure them all.

Why the Half Bat?

The Bonsail Bat Company and Trey Hannam customized some really cool flat bats for us and since then we haven't looked back.  Although they are cool looking they serve a great purpose, helping our hitters achieve the swing they need.

Three Things the Half Bat Will Help Correct

Hand Path (Click for More Info)

The hands in the swing are somewhat of a guide to the ball.  Many hitters struggle to feel the right move because they are punching or pushing their hands to the ball. 

Every time a hitter punches or pushes with the flat bat their bat path becomes compromised and weak or no contact will happen.  The goal is to focus on a smooth turn behind the turn giving hitters a slight uphill swing to help maximize hard-hit ball and power.

Swing Direction (Click for More Info)

Oftentimes swing direction is lacking due to incorrect posture and sequencing of the swing.  With the flat bat and these simple side toss variations, it can help hitters feel the correct movement of the body and bat

Putting the hitter in situations where they have to adjust and make changes is truly when they will reach their potential.

Body Control (Click for More Info)

Sometimes taking a step back and slowing things down can really help a hitter.  If there are any spastic moves or lack of fluidity the hitter will struggle. 

The goal is to take smooth controlled swings feeling the path and barrelling the ball each swing.  If your hitter only uses their upper body their swing will be slow and poor contact will be made.

Drill Videos to Help Stop Roll Over Groundballs

Level 1- Regular Side Toss

Level 2- Angled Side Toss

Level 3- Drop Down Toss

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