Purpose

Teaches player to hit through the baseball.

Drill Setup

  • Place a tee in front of a net.
  • Take a bat and shave it down on two sides to create flat surfaces.
  • Then wrap tape around the barrel to prevent it from splintering.

Flat Bat Softball Hitting Drill

How it Works

  1. Place ball on tee.
  2. Take a swing and attempt to hit the ball with the flat or shaved down side of the bat.

Coaching Tips

  • The aim of this drill is to hit the ball off the flat surface of the bat.
  • If a batter rolls over on her swing she should feel it in her hands.
  • This is a great drill for teaching the batter to hit “three softballs” – this means she should be swinging along the plane of the ball for a distance of three softballs. She should not be upper-cutting (pop up) or rolling over on the ball (ground ball).
  • If a batter over-strides on her swing put a rubber band tubing from one ankle to the other to shorten the stride.