INSIDE TEE DRILL
PURPOSE: To enhance player's ability to turn on the inside pitch. To effectively teach players to incorporate their hips thus creating more power.
EQUIPMENT: Batting Tee and Balls
SET-UP: The hitter takes stance at plate. Rather than placing the tee somewhere near home plate, it is positioned 1-2 feet in front of the batter's front leg in direct line with where the pitcher would be. Hitting net should be place accordingly as hitter will not be hitting the ball straight out, but rather to their back side.
EXECUTION: Batter places ball on tee and swings. Because of where the placement of the ball is, hitter will most definitely need to turn their hips as the bring the bat to the ball. As player hits the ball it would simulate a right handed hitter turning on an inside pitch so much that it would be hit into the third base dugout. As players practice turning on such an inside pitch, it will become much more instinctive to turn on inside corner fastballs.
COACHING TIPS: Do not allow players to put the batting tee too far out in front of them as they will need to reach out to hit the ball. The objective of this drill is to have players tightly rotate as they swing.
"If a pitcher ever does witness a hitter turn on an inside pitch so quickly that they hammer it into the dugout, believe me, they will think twice about coming inside again."
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