THE SLIDER HITTING DRILL
THE BEST WAY TO HIT A SLIDER
Category: Improve Batting Average Tips
One of the most difficult pitches to hit in baseball is a slider, especially a slider on the outside corner of home plate. Being able to hit the slider away can virtually make or break a hitter’s career, on the grounds that second to the fastball the slider is the most commonly thrown pitch in baseball.
Due to the angle that is created, right-handed hitters are particularly susceptible to a right-handed pitcher who throws sliders. Likewise, left-handed hitters face tremendous difficulties when competing against a left-handed pitcher who throws sliders.
Then, there is the ‘death pitch’, also known as the back door slider, that can be thrown to a right-handed hitter by a left-handed pitcher and the same for a left-handed hitter with a right-handed pitcher.
The key to hitting late breaking off-speed pitches such as the slider is to lead your swing with your hips and keep your hands back. This will allow you to hold your swing if you recognize late movement down and out of the strike zone.
Slider Front Toss Drill is a spin off from the popular and effective front toss hitting drill except, in this case, the pitching screen is placed 3-5 feet to the right or left of center from home plate.
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Your eyes are the trigger for your swing and provide your brain with valuable hitting information. If you don't see the ball you'll always struggle to improve your batting average
Triggered batting practice is a great alternative to standard batting practice as it better replicates the timing and feel of a real game day at bat
To reduce strike outs you need to keep your head down when you swing. Place an object in front of home plate and make sure your eyes are focused in the direction of the object after your follow through. In this example we are using a hat.