Baseball Hitting Drills

Baseball Hitting Drills [MindfuseBaseball.com]

Ever watched a non-baseball guy or gal try and take a swing? Apart from the obvious dangers for everyone involved it can be pretty comical to watch. 

Now, we don’t highlight this to make fun of people who haven’t played baseball – but we say it to bring attention to how hard it is to actually hit a ball with a baseball bat in the first place. 

Bring that up a few levels into a competitive environment with skilled pitchers and you’ll quickly learn that hitting a baseball consistently, with power, accuracy and proper technique is no easy feat. 

It takes years of practice, repetition and continuous improvement, learning and training to really hone your skills as a hitter. 

A staple to this continuous development is the drills that you or your players do. The creativity you bring to your training and the level of dedication needed to progress. 

In this guide I want to highlight a few baseball hitting drills you can get set up and start to improve your own or your players hitting skills.  

Note: We’ve tried to categorize them as much as possible – but as you’ll notice a lot of these categories overlap – and therefore while we might only list 8 off tee drills, you’ll likely find more batting tee drills in other categories. 

Remember: Some drills will be better off using softer balls. For both safety and developmental reasons. You will need to ensure you choose the right ball for the group you are using. You can check out our baseball ball types post hereWarning however: number 7 is controversial…

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Baseball Hitting Drills

Hitting Drills Off Tee

Kiss The Ball

Baseball Drills for Kids: Kiss The Ball [MindfuseBaseball.com]

Ages: 5u, 6u, 7u,

This drills is great for younger players as it gets them to focus on their swing more and therefore start to make more consistent hits off the ball. It’s a great way to build muscle memory and coordination skills. 

Setup: The setup is simple. Start by setting up a batting tee with a ball on top. Give your player a bat and coach them to swing at the ball without hitting the ball. 

Progressions: This sort of drill can be then progressed into almost any other hitting drill. For example you could progress ‘Kiss The Ball’ into ‘Hit What You See’ or go one further and focus on the ‘Stride Drill’. 

Bucket Drop

Baseball Drills for Kids: [MindfuseBaseball.com]

Ages: 5u, 6u, 7u,

Bucket drop, while not quite a drill, is an important setup to encourage your players to drop the bat behind them after they make a hit – as opposed to just throwing the bat aimlessly. 

Setup: Place a bucket or tire behind the batter and when they make the hit and run to first base the bat should land safely in the bucket or tire. 

Progression: Again this ‘drill’ can and should be incorporated into other hittings drill in this guide. 

Target Hit

Baseball Drills for Kids: Target Hit [MindfuseBaseball.com]

Ages: 7u+

Target hit is a drill game that uses different targets to hit as a way to help you or your players improve hitting accuracy. 

Setup: Setup with a batting and ball and using at least 3 targets that mimic different areas on the field 

Progression: You can change the position of the targets and even use a hitting net with targets.

Two Tee Swing Plane

Baseball player taking a swing at a ball on top of a hitting tee. There is another tee behind the first tee, this is to check for swing 'dips' to help improve the batters wing: Baseball Hitting Drills

Ages: 8u, 9u, 10u 

Two Tee Swing Plane uses an additional batting to help batters in understanding the swing plane. By using two tees, you can see if a player has a ‘loop’ in the middle part of their swing. The goal with this drill is to get the batter to consistently hit the ball on the first tee without hitting the additional tee set up behind. 

Setup: To set up, place one tee in its normal position and then place an additional second tee behind the first one. Place the baseball on top of the first tee. 

Progression: Use a combination of similar hitting drills in conjunction with this one to progress the drill. Just ensure to coach to use the correct coaching points. 

Hit What You See

Baseball player taking a swing of the ball with an arrow showing that the player must keep their eyes on the ball and their head still: Baseball Hitting Drills

One issue you might come across with your younger batters is the tendency to move their head when they hit. This drill focuses on keeping their head still throughout the whole movement. 

Setup: Setup as you normally would for a hitting drill. But instruct the batter to fix their eyes on the top of tee throughout the whole swing

Progressions: Starts with no ball then progress to using a ball. And as with most of these drills, Hit What You See can also be progressed into another hitting drill. 

Power Ball

Baseball players hitting a larger ball of the tee called the 'power ball' this is to help batters increase their batting power when swinging at the ball: Baseball Batting Drills

Power ball encourages batters to aim for power. By using a bigger ball you might find batters don’t follow through with their swing, so it’s important to coach the stride, load and swing aiming to hit the ball right up the middle. 

Setup: Normal batting tee setup except this time use a larger ball. I.e a basketball or soccer ball. 

Progressions: You could start with ‘kissing’ the ball as we went into detail above. Then move to striking the ball and finally onto replacing the larger ball with baseball. 

Bryce Harper Drill

If you find yourself or your batters are more linear hitters and don’t tend to their hips as much as they should then a great drill to get those hips moving is the Bryce Harper Drill. 

Setup: Normal equipment setup. On the load you’re basically going to show the pitcher the bottom of your lead foot then, swing through and hit the ball. 

Progressions: You can start without a ball, with a baseball and even use the Power Ball drill we went into before this drill. 

Setup: Normal batting tee setup except this time use a larger ball. I.e a basketball or soccer ball. 

Progressions: You could start with ‘kissing’ the ball as we went into detail above. Then move to striking the ball and finally onto replacing the larger ball with baseball. 

Stride Drill

This drill comes in 2 parts. You’ve got the stride to pause part and the stride to swing. The Stride to Load Stride to Swing Drill starts at around 2:40 in the video. 

Setup: Setup normal batting tee setup. Use a baseball hitting net if you haven’t got much space to play with. For the first part you don’t want the feet to be too far open but rather ever so slightly closed. For the first part the batter will stride then pause and then return back to the normal position. For the second part they’ll repeat the stride but on return back to the normal stance they’ll then stride to take a swing at the ball. 

Progression: Start without a ball then progress to using a ball. This is another drill that of course can use the Power Ball set up from above. 

Baseball Hitting Drills

Fun Hitting Drills

No matter what baseball drill you’re doing it should always be fun. However, for younger players keeping them engaged and interested for a long period of time can be difficult. 

That’s why all of your practices should have some sort of game and fun tied to them. Here are some fun baseball drills that can be done

Double Trouble

Double Trouble pits two players off against each other with the winner hitting the back net first. 

Setup: Setup two batting tees and have each player enough distance away from each other. Have a third person (coach or player) shout a trigger word (i.e: ‘HIT!). On the trigger word both batters react as fast as they can, swing and try to hit the back net first.

Hitting Chain

Baseball coaching standing behind a hitting screen throwing balls to a batter standing opposite a cone. There are also direction lines to show the direction of movement: Baseball Hitting Drills

Hitting Chain is a really good hitting game to focus young players as they’ll not want to lose their streak. This drill works on developing timing while increasing or decreasing the distance at which the ball is hit. As the distance increases hitting mistakes will become easier to spot. 

Setup: Setup 3-5 markers or cones – each one at a different distance from the coach / screen. Have another player or coach feed the balls to the batter. The batter starts at the closest marker or cone to the coach/player/screen. On hitting a clean line drive they’ll move back to the next marker. If they don’t hit a clean shot then have to move back closer to the feeder again. 

Progressions: Change the speed of the ball. You can also change the pitch type and location. Batters can also be asked to hit the ball at a certain target as well. 

Beat The Goalie

3 baseball fielders acting as goalies with a wall behind them while a btter bats the balls towrads them: Hitting Drills

Beat The Goalie is a great drill to get more than 1 or 2 players involved at the same time. While it focuses on the hitting skills of the batter it can also be used to improve the fielding skills of players too. 

Setup: You’ll need to make sure you have enough space – which will depend on the ability of your players. Have your batters line up behind each other. On the opposite side place 3 fielders – 2 fielders at the first ‘goal’ and 1 fielder at the second ‘goal’ located behind the first. 

The batter must hit the ball past both sets of goalies. If they get the ball past the first line of defense they score 1 point. If they manage to get the ball past the 2nd line of defense they score 2 points. Each batter has 6 turns before switching with another batter and will add up their scores. 

Hitting H.O.R.S.E

Baseball player batting a ball off a tee towards a net with targets on it

Hitting H.O.R.S.E focuses on getting batters to hit specific locations setup within a target. The H.O.R.S.E concept is played among a lot of other sports including; basketball and soccer. 

Setup: You’ll likely need a hitting net or at least a big enough cage or fence where you place your targets. Have your batter take up a normal position with a batting tee. The batter will call out the target he is aiming for. If they hit the target the next batter must hit the same target. 

If the first batter doesn’t hit the target, the second batter comes up and chooses a target. 

If the following batter misses the target chosen by the previous batter, that batter gets a ‘H’. Everytime a batter misses a target set by the previous player they pick up a letter. If a player picks up all letters in the H.O.R.S.E they are out of the game. 

Baseball Hitting Drills

Using a Tire For Your Hitting Drills

Hit For Impact Tire Drill

Why This Drill? This is the description of the drills and benefits it brings to a players game. 

Details: This focuses on the setup of the drills and what’s involved to get the drill started. 

Progressions & Regressions: This focuses on any variations this drill may have. Both harder and easier. 

Tire Progression Drills

4 images of tire baseball drills with direction lines to show the movement of the tire before the batter hits the tire. Baseball Hitting Drills

These drills require less setup. You’ll just need an old tire and somewhere to suspend it. Get a bat in hand and you’re ready to go. 

Stationary: Start with hitting the tire square. 

Swinging: For this variation, have another person put a slight swing on the tire. This will mean the batter will need to time their swings properly to hit the tire properly. 

Spinning: Another variation to work on the batters timing. 

Level: This not only reduces the area of focus to a smaller area but also allows the batters to develop on leveling their swing out too. 

Sled Drill

Baseball player using a tire tied to his bat to dry swing Increasing his power and strength when batting: Baseball Hitting Drills

The Sled Drill is a great way to put some resistance and fun back into the old dry swing. It requires you pull a sled of some sort that’s tied to the bat. 

When the batter makes the dry swing they’ll feel the resistance on the bat. 

Setup: Attach a rope and something heavy (eg. tire) to just above your hands on the bat. Now perform the dry swings while the tire is attached. 

Baseball Hitting Drills

Backyard and Indoor Baseball Drills

Hitting drills for home and backyard really all depends on two factors: 

  1. How much space you have
  2. What equipment you have available 

Of course, even without traditional equipment you’ve bought from Amazon for example, you can also get a bit DIY and build your own baseball equipment. 

As a general rule of thumb I would recommend at least having a batting tee and a hitting net to hit into. The batting tee will reduce the amount of throwing involved and the batting net will reduce the space you need to a couple of yards.

With those 2 pieces of additional equipment you’re pretty much good to go with most of the drills listed in this guide. 

Of course you could also use the tire drills at home too and depending on the size of your backyard you may be able to do some of the bigger drills. 

Batting Tee & Net Drills​

Baseball player hitting a ball off the tee into a hitting net

Similar with the Hitting HORSE drills I went into above above. Except this time you’ve got a smaller net and you’re not necessarily hitting for accuracy. A good net can picked up pretty cheap these day and should be part of every players game. 

You can practice alone for hours without collecting balls and as you’ve seen above you can attached targets to the net and work on your accuracy. 

You can check Mindfuse Baseball’s most recent baseball hitting net reviews here. 

The Mirror Hitting Drill

For those that are pretty much confined to indoors here’s a really creative video you should check out….

No Equipment Drills

Why These Drills? While you won’t want to be concentrating your entire training routine around dry swings – there are times where having a few no-equipment hitting drills can come in handy…

To Keep Weight Back

Band Assisted Hitting

Baseball player with a band tied round them and attached to a wall or fence behind them to help them keep teir weight back when hitting the ball: Hitting Drill

Using a band you can start to train your players to keep their weight back. 

Setup: Set your batter up using an exercise band tied to a fence and wrapped around the waste of the batter. Now, when the batter takes their hit they’ll feel the pull back of the band. 

Progression: Start with some dry swings before moving onto some ball work. 

Increase Speed

One Handed Hit

A variation of the normal baseball swing is to complete the swing but with one hand. By limiting the swing to just one hand you’ll be able to increase overall bat speed and control. 

Setup: Setup as you normally would for a batting drill using a batting tee and ball. It might also be a good idea to use a hitting net too. Start the drill with the batter on their knees

Progressions

  • Start the batter on their knees using their front arm to hit the ball. Take their other arm out of the game by getting them to place it behind their back. 
  • Progression 2 is to focus on the swing using their back arm
  • Progression 3 you’ll allow the batter to use both arms like they would in a normal swing but they are still kneeling down
  • Finally, this drill is versatile in the fact it can be progressed and regressed many times. If kneeling on two knees isn’t enough – try to get your players to kneel on one knee instead.

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