Learn how to stop hitting ground balls

Controlling the bat barrel

A hitter is going to always hit ground balls now and then - but if a hitter finds that the majority of time he makes contact he's hitting a ground ball then he may want to consider making some adjustments to his baseball swing

Are you or your kids hitting too many grounders in a game?

 

Below you can access simple hitting drills, tips and techniques to cut down on grounders and popups.

Reasons for hitting too many ground balls

What’s the secret to cutting down on groudners? Keep your bat level at the point of contact

Training top-hand swing mechanics (heavy bat optional), you have to work extra hard to keep the bat level. Top-Hand side toss (heavy bat optional) improves strength in the forearm muscles involved with keeping the bat level at contact.

Rolling Over And Hitting A Ground Ball

If you have poor technique, part two of the power equation, you’ll roll over at contact.

When someone says, “don’t roll over on your wrists” that isn’t correct, because it’s impossible to roll at your wrists. Your wrists are controlled by your forearm muscles and elbow joint.

The action of rolling over causes the barrel of the bat to rise, as a result you’ll hit the top of the ball (causing a ground ball) or swing and miss.

Preventing a Pop Up Swing

Your forearms have to be strong enough to control the barrel of the bat, otherwise you’ll dip the barrel head, hit the bottom of the ball resulting in a swing and miss or a weak pop fly ball.

Rolling the bat causes the barrel head to rise and hit the top of the ball

Quick fix drill: train top-hand swing mechanics

Top-Hand Side Toss- 10 Simple Steps

Drill Summary

  • If you’re strong enough use a heavy bat, if not you can use a regular bat.
  • Working on the up and in pitch, tosses at your front hip.
  • To help isolate your core place your elbow close to your hip.
  • Relax your hands and let the bat head drop down.
  • Lead your swing with your hips and keep your hands back
  • Whip that bat through with your hips.
  • Turn your back foot with your hips.
  • Work to keep the barrel of the bat as flat as possible at contact.
  • Hold off on rolling the barrel at or before contact, you can roll the barrel after contact.

Why You Should Practice One-Handed Drills

 

  • To increase strength & power by increasing the workload for each hand, especially when a hitter is using his game-day bat. If you can handle your game-day bat with one hand, you will have increased strength when you return to using 2 hands.
  • Expose any weakness you have in either hand, including the most common hitting flaws such as rolling over, pulling off the baseball, dipping, lazy barrel and not staying through the baseball.
  • Creates a more balanced swing, as opposed to one hand dominating the other.
  • Learn the importance of hitting the ball with backspin and a good hitting approach.
  • Stay relaxed with your grip and not to muscle up on the baseball. Gripping the bat too tight will cause you to tense your muscles slowing down your swing.
  • Back foot and top hand connection. Learn how your upper and lower body work together in the baseball swing.
  • Improve Bat Speed by training the shortest path to the baseball.

Not getting into a good lower half position

Quick fix drill to generate the swing with your hips and get into a good lower half position to hit

3-Step Power Drill

Pulling the front shoulder or head off the baseball

Quick fix drill to prevent pulling off the baseball

Laser Strap Bat Speed Trainer Tee-Drill

3 Step Power Swing Step 1

Hitting the top of the baseball as apposed to the middle or bottom/middle of the baseball

Quick fix drill to improve swing accuracy

Hat drill to keep your head and eyes on the ball

The following images illustrate how swing accuracy can cause a ground ball swing

Hitting the top of the baseball will cause you to hit a ground ball
Hitting the bottom of the baseball will cause a hitting to pop up
Hitting just below the middle of the baseball will allow you to hit a hard line drive

Swinging at bad pitches, especially the pitch too low in the strike zone

Quick fix drill to improve your kids pitch selection and batters eye

The Stand In Drill

Quick Tips

Standing in on a pitcher who is warming up is a great way for a hitter to improve his ability to see and track the baseball. The hitter should focus on tracking the ball out of the pitchers hand all the way down the hitting funnel across home plate and all the way into the catcher’s glove.

  • The earlier you can see the baseball the better chance you have to hit the baseball.
  • Focus on picking up the pitcher’s release point
  • Learn to train your brain to recognize movement associated with different types of pitches – slider, sinker, curve, change, knuckle, split finger, 2 seam fastball and 4 seam fastball

Trying to pull a pitch on the outside part of the plate

Quick fix drill to improve your kids game-day hitting approach

Low and away front toss

Hit the toughest pitch locations