Can someone explain the helicopter drill?

Discussion in 'Softball Hitting Discussions' started by Rerun, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Rerun

    Rerun Super Moderator Staff Member

    What is the helicopter drill? How does this drill help a hitter? What can this drill do to help improve a batter?
  2. Stedman00

    Stedman00 Active Member

    helps them ingrain a bunch of bad habits.. end of story.
  3. coachtomv

    coachtomv Active Member

    That's where you have the players do a bunch of incorrect stuff and play them all out of position to see who the helicopter parents are, as they lose their minds, lol.
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  4. Xrayaries

    Xrayaries Active Member

    You don't need gimics or special tools to teach hitting and proper mechanics. I have had great success using nothing more than a tee and a bucket. From baseball to softball I can tell you that nothing beats repetition of good solid mechanics.

    Unfortunately I have had hitters stop repetition for a season and come back saying they only hit 200 what am I doing wrong.? I pull out the .400 hitter video of them and we take new video. Within a few minutes I can break down the bad habits from not consistently hitting off the tee.

    Kris Bryant was asked in an interview. How does he keep his swing so consistent. He hits 100 balls every day off the tee. Keeping his mechanics as a bases for his work. Never ever moves in the box. Foot placement is the same and he uses the front of the plate as a reference for contact.

    Never hit off of a wheeled machine because they mess with timing. If you do use a machine use an arm machine because it allows you to time the release.
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  5. PaulP

    PaulP Member

    So true, my daughters batting jumped in 9th grade because they hit ever day in high school. Then h.s. got cancelled, and it hurt her hit hitting. Very hard to find time to get in reps to fix bad habits when games are being played. The girls that want it the most, and find time to practice when few others are, will have a greater advantage then previous years.
  6. BouldersDad

    BouldersDad Member

    This pretty much says it all

    Posted at 12:00h in Coaching Philosophyby Rick Torbett 3 Comments
    The four laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation and repetition. The goal is to create a correct habit that can be produced instinctively under great pressure. To make sure this goal was achieved, I create eight laws of learning — namely explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, and repetition.”

    -Coach John Wooden

    If only Coach Wooden could have lived long enough to see the Read & React! You would think that his quote came from a Read & React Coaching Clinic!

    The Read & React DVD takes care of the first three laws:

    1. Explanation
    2. Demonstration
    3. Imitation
      The next 5 Laws of Learning the Read & React are left up to your practice plans:

    4. Repetition
    5. Repetition
    6. Repetition
    7. Repetition
    8. Repetition
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