Here’s a list of Swing Strengthening Drills
Windshield Wiper Drill
To start this Drill, have the hitter take a weighted bat or the heaviest one you have on the team and hold it in both their hands with the barrel pointing straight up toward the sky. Now using only the wrists, have them lower the barrel of the bat to their left to about waist high, then to their right and back to their left, etc. Do about 5-25 of these depending on the age of your players.
Chopping Wood Drill
The next of our Swing Strengthening Drills starts by taking the heavy bat and have the hitter hold it directly over their head with the barrel pointing up toward the sky. Now, in a chopping motion, have them bring the barrel of the bat first backward until it is pointing down at the ground behind them and the bat has touched their back lightly.
Now bring the barrel back up to the start position and continue forward and downward down to lightly touch the ground in front of them (this motion is like chopping wood). Have them raise the bat slowly to about waist high and have them bring it slowly to the ground again, then back up to the start position. This constitutes one rep. Have the player at this station do 5-20 reps depending on the age of your players.
Strike Zone Drill
This drill again uses a heavy bat. Have the hitter take a normal batting stance and have her swing into the contact zone. As they reach the far limits of the contact zone, have them use their wrists to wiggle the barrel of the bat back and forth as they count the wiggles to 5. Then bring the bat back to the normal batting position. This is one rep. Have the hitter do 5-20 reps depending on the age of your players.
The final drill again uses the heavy bat. Have the hitter hold the bat out in front of them with the barrel pointing straight away from their body. Their arms should be straight out with maybe just a slight break in their elbows.
Now the hitter makes small circles with the barrel of the bat by moving their wrists in a kind of circle. First, have the hitters do 5-15 circles clockwise and then the same number of circles counter clockwise. This will strengthen the wrists and make then quicker. I use these weight-training drills in practice at stations. Most of the time, you may have a couple of players waiting to get into the batting cage or go on live pitching. Since I feel “standing around time” is wasted time, I have these players do these drills instead of talking to their team-mates about class yesterday (yes I do know what they are really talking about and it is not softball or class).
With all of these drills, try this out in the backyard or with your assistant coaches BEFORE going the field so that you can instruct the players in the proper mechanics of the drill.
That’s the list of Swing Strengthening Drills
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