Develop a Better Swing
Driveline Hitting PlyoCare balls (or “hitting plyos”) help athletes evaluate their swing path and give instant feedback on the quality of their contact. The slight overload of the balls increases the level of difficulty for athletes to produce an efficient ball-bat collision.
How to Use Hitting PlyoCare Balls?
Hitting plyos can be integrated directly into daily hitting drill work. We recommend starting with tee and front toss, then progressing to firm overhand toss.
Off-Set Front Toss: A Hitting Drill Example
We use both hitting plyos and baseballs for this and many other drills inside the facility. With plyos, hitters will generally progress from tee work ➡ underhand front toss ➡ overhand toss. The variation of the incoming trajectory, speed, and different ball weights makes for a challenging/adaptive training environment. This type of environment accelerates mechanical improvements and reinforces existing positive movement patterns.
What Does a Mishit Look Like?
First swing is a mishit, second swing is on plane.
Mishit Plyos vs. Mishit Baseball
How Do They Work?
Drill work with hitting plyos reinforces 3 critical aspects of the swing:
- Being on plane – Choppy or too-steep swings will result in very poor contact.
- Being precise with the barrel – Even on-plane swings that do not hit the right part of the ball will generate bad contact.
- Strong point of contact – Hitters who do not deliver the barrel with force get physical feedback on their strength at point of contact.