Learn to Load with the Wedge Drill
By Eric Tyler
The ability of a youth athlete to get into the proper hip hinge position is extremely difficult. This is something that can be troubling to teach and one that we at Baseball Rebellion strive to make easier daily.
Often we see hitters load their weight into their quad before moving forward in the stride. This often causes the hitter to push forward with their chest or hands causing them to pop up or swing and miss under. They feel the effort to load properly, however, without proper hip hinge they are unable to move forward and turn efficiently.
The Foot Wedge Drill is one that I have found success within my lessons. This drill forces a hitter to feel their weight transfer to their heel and back hip during the load and stride phase. By putting a board or another hard object under the hitters’ heel, it forces them to press down on the board without putting weight in their knee or toes.
Key Points of Emphasis of the Wedge Drill
- Understanding of Weight Shift – The only way a hitter can properly do this drill is by shifting their weight into their hip instead of their quad.
- Increased Hip Hinge – By putting the hitter’s weight into their hips in the stride they’re able to maximize hip hinge to help rotation and posture.
- More Efficient Forward Move – Many players don’t know how to properly move forward in the stride. This keeps them from getting stuck in their quad and not being able to move forward.
- Easy Setup – All needed for this drill is a hitter and a board. This drill can be done throughout movement work or batting practice.
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