Hitting to the Opposite Field
Many hitters are anxious to hit the ball, regardless of location, and attempt to pull an outside pitch. This drill allows for the hitter to have patience and discipline, letting the ball get deep and successfully driving an outside pitch the other way.
- Set up an M3X machine on the mound () and position batter at home plate (X).
- Change pitching speeds as necessary to correlate to game speed, with machine angled to throw pitches to the outside half of the plate.
- Initiate drill by raising hand to put ball into the machine. Batter should be in hitting position.
- Have players take five swings in a round, adjusting pitch placement (high and low strikes) and velocity. Instruct hitters to let the ball get deep and drive to opposite field.