Baseball Hitting Drills For Timing
Rhythm and timing are so important to a hitter. For a hitter to get loaded, we need him to get back. We need to him to be in a good position. The timing of that, and when does it take place.
I have a drill that can help with that. It can take place in a cage or on a field, like we are right now. But the idea behind the drill is that I am going to load back. As I go back, Coach Casey is going to toss a ball into the air. From here I’m going to drive down through the ball. It’s really important that I get a good load, that I get behind this ball because you will see, as the drill goes on, the speeds will change. Much like they do in a game.
So, let me show you what this is going to look like.
That simulated a fastball with his toss. They are down and away. He’s not going too high with it. I’m loading as his hand goes down.
You could see that he tossed the ball a little higher right there. That would simulate a change up. As time goes on and you get better at this drill, you mix it up.
Kind of like what the pitcher does to you during the game. Let’s take a look at a few more.
That would have simulated a fastball. The toss was low. I got back in time. I’m in position, and I’m driving down. Let me show you what it looks like when you don’t know what’s coming.
You could see that was a change up. The toss was higher. I have to be ready for the fastball still, and how I’m going to drive down at the ball, depending on the pitch. It is so important that we get back behind the ball and be in a position to always hit the fastball number one, and we can react to a change up.
Let’s take a look at another.
The lower pitch was the fastball. We got to be back in time. We got to be in position to hit the fastball every time.
Use this drill. It’s a fantastic timing drill. Tony Gwynn swore by it. It saved seasons for me. Use the timing drill. It’s going to help you become a more complete hitter.