Tee-Drill Work

Tee-Drill Work

Written on 03/22/2020


Hitting Drills


50 Swing Workout Off the Tee

Instructions:

  • Pick 3 of the following drills.
  • Complete 3 sets of five swings for each drill.
  • Finish with 5 swings focusing on driving the baseball.
  • Be sure to mix up the drills each time you hit.
  • A demonstration of these drills can be found at the top of the page.

Drills to choose from:

1. Walk Through

Objective: Create rhythm and use the lower half.

Set-up: Feet together, toes pointed at the tee, and bat on your shoulder.

Instructions:

  • Step forward with your back foot going over the top of your front foot, while continuing to keep the bat on your shoulders.
  • Step forward with your front foot keeping your hands still as you do so, in order to create separation between hands and hips.
  • Swing.

2. Step-backs

Objective: Get weight into the back hip.

Set-up: Regular batting stance, but front foot even with the tee.

Instructions:

  • Take a step back with your back foot.
  • Gather your weight into your back leg as you lift your front foot to stride.
  • When your front foot lands, swing.

3. McGuire Drill

Objective: Create rhythm and looseness in the swing.

Set-up: Regular batting stance.

Instructions:

  • Hold the bat in both hands with the end pointed at the ground and arms fully extended.
  • Let the bat swing forward and backwards 2 to 3 times.
  • Your back heel should come off the ground as the bat swings forward and the front heel should come off the ground as the bat swings backwards.
  • Once you feel your body loosen up and you have created some rhythm, take your hands back to the launch position and swing.

4. Nolan Arenado Step-back

Objective: Get weight into the back hip.

Set-up: Regular batting stance.

Instructions:

  • As you load, take a SMALL step back with your back foot.
  • Take your normal stride.
  • Swing.

5. Pull Backs

Objective: Feel the bat path and approach to the baseball.

Set-up: Regular batting stance.

Instructions:

  • Moving in slow motion, load and stride.
  • Still in slow motion, start your swing and move to contact point.
  • Bring the bat back to the launch position and do NOT move your feet.
  • Take a normal swing.

6. Load, Stride, Hold

Objective: Get front foot down before beginning the swing and stay back on an off-speed pitch.

Set-up: Regular batting stance.

Instructions:

  • Load and stride.
  • Hold at the launch position (position after finishing stride) for two seconds.
  • Swing.

7. Flamingo Drill

Objective: Feel the back hip control the swing.

Set-up: Weight on your back leg, front leg in the air (knee even with hip), and bat off your shoulder.

Instructions:

  • Sink into your back hip and move the hip forward.
  • Keep your hands still to create separation.
  • Ride your back hip until your front foot lands.
  • Once your front foot hits the ground, swing.

8. High Tee

Objective: Be short and quick to the baseball while working to stay behind it.

Set-up: Regular batting stance and raise the tee so the ball is at the top of the strike zone.

Instructions:

  • Take a normal swing while trying to hit a line drive.
  • Work to be sure we do not lean forward or dip our back shoulder.
  • Be sure that we are not getting on top of this ball and hitting a chopper or rollover ground ball.

9. 45-Degree Drill

Objective: Keep the hands inside the baseball and do not over-rotate the front shoulder towards the catcher.

Set-up: Feet at a 45-degree angle (chest pointed between 1B and 2B for a righty and SS and 3B for a lefty)

Instructions:

  • Load the hands, trying to get the knob pointed at the catcher’s feet.
  • Take a swing with your upper half, while trying to keep your lower body as still as possible.
  • Work to hit a line drive towards the middle of the field or the opposite field gap.

10.Big Papi Drill – Coach Gup’s Personal Favorite

Objective: Create separation between the hips and hands, feel the back hip control the swing, and feel the body uncoil after the hip turn.

Set-up: Weight on your back leg, front leg in the air (knee even with hip), and bat off your shoulder.

Instructions:

  • Sink straight down into your back hip taking it towards your back heel.
  • Reach forward with your front foot and backwards with your hands.
  • You should feel a “rubber band” stretching between your front hip and hands.
  • Once you feel like you are about to fall, turn the back hip and swing.
  • This will get your front foot to the ground and you will feel the “rubber band” snap.
  • It is okay if we hit fly balls while doing this drill, the main goal is to FEEL the body uncoil as the back hip turns.