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					                    HITTER’S EXPLOSION DROP DRILL
                         by Charlie Dobbins, USA


Name of the drill    HITTER’S EXPLOSION DROP DRILL

Equipment needed     bats, balls
Objective            To develop a proper explosion within the hitting sequence,
                     eye/hand coordination coupled with bat speed, consistency
                     within the batter’s swing at point of contact, and finishing the
                     swing with an aggressive explosion through the hitting zone.
Setup                Setup of the traditional soft toss drill
Execution            4 different variations of the traditional soft toss drill
                     #1 : one ball drop
                     Batter takes normal stance in the batter’s box. Coach will hold
                     softball at her eye level in an area so that when it is dropped,
                     it passes into the hitting zone. Fundamentals are stressed to
                     focus on the explosion of all parts of the hitter’s body.
                     Major focus on head position at contact and effective ball
                     striking, emphasizing bat speed through the ball.
                     #2 : two ball drop
                     Same as above, but the instructor uses 2 balls in the drop.
                     Batter focuses again on contact, as coach yells top or bottom
                     at release. Batter must now focus on two different planes,
                     thrusting her hands to make contact with the designated ball.
                     Excellent for hitting rises and drops.
                     #3 One drop blindfolded
                     Same as drill #1, except batter closes her eyes. As she hears
                     the word “ drop “ she opens her eyes, thrusts her hands and
                     explodes to the ball. Coach can vary drop zone by extending
                     it higher.
                     Excellent drill for hand/eye coordination and for hitting the
                     change-up
                     #4 Two ball drop blindfolded
                     Same as Drill #2, but with eyes closed as in Drill #3. It takes a
                     good amount of concentration for batter to pick up the
                     designated ball. Advanced level drill for hand/eye
                     coordination.

Further variation    To move the ball from side to side of the hitting zone,
                     focusing on the batter’s ability to hit the ball where it is
                     pitched, i.e. right or left

				
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