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The Sink Drill with Rick Eisenberg

What is it?

The best batting tee drills for youth baseball help young hitters build a powerful, explosive swing with great hitting fundamentals and body movements. This particular drill does one thing really well... helps players get the feeling of generating power with the legs by learning what it should feel like to build, hold, and finally release the tension in your backside... driving with that large glute muscle... which is the very first step to hit with power, and must happen before the swing whips through the zone when hitting the ball for power.

Baseball coaches are always looking for youth baseball drills to improve their players' hitting. Drills work because they challenge the players to lengthen their swings, which forces them to move more freely. This gives them a chance to develop more power in their swings, which, in turn, helps to generate momentum. Although a hitter who lacks entire body power will not hit the ball as far or as consistently as one using lower body power in addition to upper body power, he/she will be more consistent. This drill targets building that lower body power, which, in turn, improves overall baseball hitting mechanics. It's a great idea to incorporate it into your game day practice or a warm-up drill before hitting practice throughout your baseball season.

Why is it important?

When a baseball coach is teaching hitters the fundamentals of hitting, the stance, swing and approach all form one inseparable unit. A hitter’s stance(s) are the foundation of their swing, and the swing is their approach. Without proper form and execution, you’ll never develop a repeatable swing or actual approach.

This drill for baseball players is important because it teaches young players how to use their lower half to generate more force/power in their baseball swing.

Step-By-Step Instruction

A Quick Note: For the purposes of these instructions, we will be focusing on right-handed batters, but if you are a lefty, simply use the opposite position than the one mentioned.

Step One

A baseball hitter should start in a narrow stance, feet about shoulder width apart, with your center of mass in a strong position.

Step Two

Lift your front leg and balance on your back leg.

Step Three

While in the balanced position on the back leg sink down, twice into the back hip/pelvis. When sinking into your stance focus on your body weight and feeling the tension in your glutes.

Step Four

Then your launch position, stride, and swing using that pent-up tension to generate power and increase bat speed.

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