The drill, as I learned it, originated from Pat Murphy of Alabama. I refer to the drill as the “Alabama Drill”.Can someone please explain the purpose of this drill (no video just pics):
Is this the 'goal':
Thank you for all that good and useful info.The drill, as I learned it, originated from Pat Murphy of Alabama. I refer to the drill as the “Alabama Drill”.
There are multiple feels that can be extracted from the drill.
For example, note that the rear board is a bevel (i.e., slanted downward). This will help a hitter learn to ‘get on the hill’ so to speak … i.e., to weight their rear leg for the purpose of going ‘forward’, as opposed to ‘staying back’.
Notice that the height of the front block of wood is roughly the height of where the rear foot is placed … they are basically level, in terms of height, from the hitter’s perspective in their stance. The hitter steps forward / coils forward / strides forward … and when they do, the front foot will come down to a lower height. A feel you want to extract from this is the feel of “going forward while staying back”. Often the rear hip will flex during this ‘move out’ … and that ‘feel’ of ‘going forward while staying back’ is the feel to be extracted.
I do the same drill, only I add a take, to teach a proper take, call change to hit after it bounces off the home plate or concert.