3-Step Hitting is a drill designed to focus on the feet, in an effort to create a strong and stable base. With that accomplished, athletes are ready to accept further instruction. To reach that point, begin with the legs (“ground-up” philosophy) and use three cones: red, white, and blue.
Execution – Three cones are placed at the batters feet:
- Red = Back foot
- White = Front foot (start)
- Blue = Front foot stride
To begin, instruct the batter to position the feet at the red and white cones. The primary action will be limiting the movement of the feet to a single step: The front foot stepping from white to blue cone. Therefore, start each athlete with broken swings and instruct the hitter to take a stride, load, and then freeze. Next, place the ball upon the tee and encourage the batter to swing aggressively. Here, the hitters challenge is to hold a finish with strength and balance. No more steps!
- Step 2. Swing 3. Hold Finish
Move into full swings (no stopping) and keep careful eye that the athlete is taking only a single, controlled step with the front foot. Going forward, use these three cones (or other markers) to consistently encourage clean footwork while swinging.
- Stay Aggressive – Swing hard and hold a balanced finish!
- Use Broken or Block Movements – Broken swings allows focus on early (Position #1) and late (Position #3).
- Build a Foundation – Ground-up philosophy requires a strong and balanced base. This allows for more (and more advanced) instruction.
- BACK FOOT / FRONT FOOT / FRONT-FOOT-STRIDE
- STRIDE & LOAD, SWING, HOLD FINISH
- USE 3-CONES GOING FORWARD
- STAY AGGRESSIVE
- USE BLOCK MOVEMENTS
- BUILD A FOUNDATION
- Warm Up Cones (Red/White/Blue)3
- Batting Tee1
- Baseball Buckets1