Baseball and Softball Batting Drill- Fastball and Change Up Drill
There’s nothing quite the same as the game for a hitter. Practice is never quite the same how we treat it. We can’t simulate the game. What we want to do is try to get close.So, I have a front toss drill. Casey is going to flip front toss to me. The firmer ones are going to simulate a fast ball. The softer ones are going to simulate a change up.
What we want to do is make sure we are always ready for the fastball. The softer ones are going to simulate a change up.
What we want to do is make sure we are always ready for the fastball. We need to be always back in time for the fastball. For most of us, we hit the fastballs better than off-speed pitches.
So, no matter what, I want to be ready for my pitch. I don’t care that the pitcher has a great curve ball. I don’t hit curve balls very well to begin with so I will look for my pitch. I want to be in position for my pitch.
So, what I want to do is make sure that when I load, I’m in position and now I’m going to drive through the ball off his fastball. When he throws a change-up and I don’t like it, I take it. I’m making sure I’m back and I can recognize it.
Let’s take a look at the drill.
Both of those would be fastballs. I’m getting back in time. Now he’s going to show me a change up. What I want to do is make sure and let it come to me.
I was in a much better position. I stayed back. I’m not going to tell him what I am looking for and he’s not going to tell me what he’s throwing.
I was back and ready for the fastball.
Change up and I wasn’t in a position for it. I wasn’t quite there. That’s what I want you, as a hitter to do. If you’re not ready to hit that pitch, take it.
It’s okay. It’s strike 1. We got two more. Right? We want to make sure we are making this as close to the game as possible.
Get back. Look for your pitch. Put a good swing on your pitch. Use this drill. Mix in the change-up. You don’t have to them. Make sure you are staying back. This drill is going to help you become a more complete baseball player.