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Short Bat Top Hand Tee Drill

Skill Set: Hitting

Difficulty Level: Easy

Number of Athletes and Coaches: 1-2 athletes and 1 coach, or 2 athletes as partners

Average Time to Complete: 5 minutes

Equipment Required: Tee, baseballs, net or screen to hit into, short bat (28")

Goal: Hit line drives back up the middle and extend your swing through the zone

Description of the Drill:

• Tee set up slightly in front of the middle of the plate

• Hitter sets up even with the plate, while other partner puts a ball on the tee

• Hitter gets ready, holds the short bat with the hand closest to the barrel of the bat (top hand)

• Hitter places other hand (bottom hand) behind back or across chest on back shoulder

• Swinging with one hand, the hitter tries to hit the ball on a line back up the middle

• Partners switch after 5 swings

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Add Difficulty:

• To add a degree difficulty, the hitter can move the tee to different contact points (inside, middle, outside) as shown for a right handed hitter below

• Hitters should hit outside pitches to the opposite field (or opposite side in a cage)

• Hitters should try to hit inside pitches back up the middle or a little to the pull side of the middle

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From GameChanger and USA Baseball.

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