POPULAR HITTING DRILL

THE RED HAT HITTING DRILL

Pulling the head and eyes off the baseball is the most common hitting flaw, especially for young hitters. This drill provides a simple solution.
Pulling the head and eyes off the baseball is the most common hitting flaw, especially for young hitters. The Red Hat Drill provides a simple solution.

Latest Version: Grey Hat Drill

  • Place the tee on the outside corner of home plate and aim hit the ball to the opposite field this helps to keep your shoulder closed.
  • Place the red hat at the front of hitting zone, you can use any attention grabbing object, in this instance we are using a red hat.
  • At the point of contact your eyes should be focused on the baseball.
  • *Important! Try to keep sight of the red hat on your follow through.
  • The Red Hat technique can be used for almost any drill, including; tee, toss or regular batting practice.

THE EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SWING

KEEP THE EYE ON THE BALL

PRE FOCUS –> SOFT FOCUS –> HARD FOCUS –> SUPER FOCUS –> POST FOCUS

Perhaps one of the most overlooked components to a baseball swing is the eyes

As hitters we spend a lot of time training the body to swing, however in a lot of cases the eyes are left to their own devices.

 

The Life-cycle Of The Eyes During A Baseball Swing

 

PRE-FOCUS

 

The dugout:

The eyes should be focused on the game in general, especially on the pitch sequence the opposing pitcher and catcher are using.

 

The on deck circle:

Eyes are focused on the pitcher’s timing and speed to home plate.

 

Walking from the on deck circle to the batters box:

Eyes are focused on the situation — Are there runners on base? How is the field positioning?

 

Before the hitter steps into the box:

The eyes should be focused on picking up signals if there is a runner on. Then focused on a focal point such as the label of the bat.

 

SOFT FOCUS

 

In the hitting stance:

The eyes have a soft focus on general direction the pitcher.

 

HARD FOCUS

 

Pitcher in the windup:

Soft focus shifts to hard focus on the small window where the pitcher is expected to release the baseball.

 

SUPER FOCUS

 

Ball released:

Hard focus shifts to super focus, where the subconscious takes over as the hitter tracks the baseball in the air. If in the rare occasion a hitter is “In the zone” this is where the ball appears to be in slow motion. Similar to what people experience in a car accident, where everything happens in slow motion.

 

Ball reaches the hitting zone:

The eyes are focused in the area where the hitter anticipates to make contact with the baseball.

 

Point of contact:

The eyes continue to remain in the direction of where contact is made – if the eyes are looking toward the direction of the baseball field at the point of contact, this indicates the hitter is pulling off the baseball.

 

POST FOCUS

 

Follow through:

The head remains down in the hitting zone for as long as possible as the eyes track the baseball in the field.

 

Swing complete:

The eyes pick up first base and the first base coach as the hitter runs down the line.