BVSA Teaches: Med Ball Drill (Loading the Hands)

BVSA Teaches: Med Ball Drill (Loading the Hands)

On this episode of BVSA Teaches, Frank Ramppen talks about the med ball drill (loading the hands). When we’re talking about transfer, most of the focus is on getting the weight shifted and taking a move towards the pitcher, getting into the position to hit. But there’s also the part that we talked about the hands and that at the highest levels there tends to be less movement. Meanwhile for these younger guys that we’re teaching we definitely have to teach some type of load with those hands. The hands when you’re striding forward and transferring forward you’re loading a little bit too. We need to get those hands backing up just a little bit, just a little subtle move.

Med Ball Effectiveness

So, we talked about how you’re kind of walking away from your hands to get to that proper hitting position. The drill that I find effective is using a light med ball that you can put in your palm with your other hand against it, simulating your stance. As you load and transfer you pick that ball up and move it back. This subtle move can put you in a better hitting position. The feeling with this may be easier than with a bat at first, especially for kids that may not get it instantly. If you put the mirror right in front of them, they can see it and have an easier time doing it correctly. Once they get it, they can progress back to the bat with that little bit of movement. Don’t let anything get flat behind your head to get to the ideal launch position.

BVSA Teaches: Med Ball Drill (Loading the Hands)

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