To help hitters visualize the contact points for pitches in various locations
- Set up three batting tees at the plate – One directly over the plate. One off the front inside corner. And one off the back outside corner.
- The batter sets up in her normal stance
- Once the hitter is ready, she closes her eyes
- The coach places a ball on one of the tees, then counts down “3, 2, 1”
- At “1” the batter loads her swing and takes her stride
- The coach yells “Go!”
- The batter immediately opens her eyes, identifies which tee the ball is on, swings, and drives the ball in the correct direction
- A ball on the middle tee should be hit straight back up the middle
- A ball on the outside tee should be driven to the opposite field
- A ball on the inside tee should be hit to the pull side
- Make it harder: Adjust the ball position andsheight of the tee while the batter’s eyes are closed
- Make it easier: Start by doing the drill with eyes open. Teach hitters the proper contact points for different pitch locations. Then progress to the blind version.