BVSA Teaches: Relative Force Drill
On this episode of BVSA Teaches, Frank Ramppen talks about the relative force drill. Hey guys, another little drill for the contact point. This one’s as old as the hills, people. It’s been around for a long time, but it’s effective. If you have your student tell you where they think the contact point is, then you challenge them. But then, this is really simple. You tell them to come walk into the batter’s box, and you hold the ball that’s too far out front. This is a little extended contact area, and you have them do their slow-motion swing. Have them come to contact where you’re holding that ball, and they have their arms completely extended. And then drop the ball, have them keep their back there, and then you put your hand on the back from the front and have them try to push. And in this position, you don’t have a lot of force.
Then you do the same thing, bring the ball back to the proper contact point, have them do their slow-motion swing to contact where they’re off your bat stealing behind the ball, and now drop the ball, hold the bat, and have them push. And you can do that inside, outside, and down the middle. When they feel how much force they have when their arms are bent and then they’re in the right position and not extended, that’s something that usually clicks. If it doesn’t click, you’ve got to try something else. Hope this helps.
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