5 Wiffle Ball Hitting Drills For Awesome Batting Mechanics (With Tips!) (2022)

It is often said that good coaching produces skilled players. The better the coaching, the further players will go. The key to developing great player skills is knowing how to perform drills that will not only improve performance, but are also enjoyable to do. Good hitting starts when players are young, and coaches are strongly advised to use wiffle balls as part of their young players batting practice regimen. Here we present 5 Wiffle Ball Hitting Drills that will encourage coaches to improve their coaching and help their players to be better hitters.

5 Wiffle Ball Hitting Drills For Awesome Batting Mechanics (With Tips!) (1)

There are many advantages to using a wiffle ball for youth player batting practice. The main advantage is control of the baseball when pitching it in to the player. Batting tees are great to improve swinging mechanics, but pitching the ball into a player’s strike zone teaches him to follow the ball as it approaches. Eye contact when batting is critical for power and ball control when swinging.

The drills listed here can be done sequentially in the order presented so coaches can plan their practices in this order. Wiffle balls are inexpensive and come in a golf ball size as well as the official 9 inch diameter ball. They also come in different weights. A dozen golf ball size balls is less than $3.00, and are useful for accurate zone pitching and for hitting the ball farther.

A Note to Coaches for Throwing Wiffle Balls during Drills

  • Never pitch a wiffle ball while standing.
  • Always throw on one knee at a distance of 15 to 20 feet away from the batter.
  • Pitching in this manner increases accuracy. You want to throw the ball in the strike zone so hitters learn to track the incoming ball.
  • You want your batters to see the highest percentage of strikes over the plate with each pitch.
  • Wiffle ball batting is much more concentrated and yields much better results than just tee ball hitting by itself.
  • Tee ball hitting helps batter develop their stance, stride and swing.
  • Once body mechanics are in place, coaches should move to wiffle ball pitching, so hitters can improve reflexes and response time.
  • If throwing overhand, think of the way a dart is thrown. Coaches don’t go into the full windup.
  • Underhanded is also a good way to throw if the ball goes into the strike zone.
  • Wiffle ball drills are not about the speed of the pitch, but rather about their accuracy.
  • Golf ball wiffle balls are recommended if you are not combining the hitting drills with fielding practice.
  • Pitch the ball as straight as possible to the batter. Throwing in an arc is more difficult for the hitter to follow. Besides, real pitches will not be thrown in arcs.
  • Good wiffle ball pitching involves the wrist; make the ball snap out of your fingers.
  • Remember you’re throwing pitches, and although they are slower than normal pitches, do not lob them to the batter.
  • Keep the throw in a straight line and in the strike zone.

Strike Zone Pitching Drill

This drill helps hitters improve their inside swing. It is highly recommended that for this and the two drills that follow, coaches use the golf ball sized wiffle balls.

This drill is easy on the coaches’ arm. He is situated about 15 to 20 feet away from the batter, and he is kneeling on one leg and throwing underhanded to the batter’s box.

Take a bucket of about 2 dozen small wiffle balls and set down about 15 feet away between home plate and the batter’s box. The player comes to bat using either a BBCOR or wood bat, if they are available (preferred over aluminum bats because of the lightness of the wiffle ball).

The coach aims his pitch to the hitter. He tells the batter he is going to throw inside pitches. The coach watches the hitter’s stride and swing to make sure his body is striding and swinging in a fluid motion.

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When the player swings, bend your head down to avoid getting hit. It’s a great idea for coaches to wear batting helmets for this drill. Although the wiffle ball is harmless, it can still sting if the angle of the ball is just right.

What’s great about wiffle balls is that strikes can be thrown every time. There is nothing better to improve a hitter’s technique than hitting balls thrown accurately on the inside, middle and outside of the plate.

Throw about 5 balls in a row on the inside of the plate, followed by 5 pitches on the outside of the plate, and finally 5 throws down the middle. Encourage the batter to swing only when he thinks the ball is good to hit.

If you have other coaches or parents to help you with this drill, you can set up three stations with three or four players at each station. Pitching 15 balls to each batter takes less than two minutes, so players don’t spend a lot of time waiting for their turn.

Wiffle Ball Hitting and Fielding Drill

The wiffle ball Hitting and Fielding Drill is a more fast paced drill. In this drill, two batters will be hitting in tandem and will involve fielders who will retrieve the balls that are hit.

Like the previous drill stations can be set up. Each station will have one coach, two batters and two fielders. Kids love this drill because it tests their reflexes. The fielders must always be in alert mode because balls will be hit to them literally seconds apart from each other.

A baseball field is not required for this drill. However, if you do have access to a field, you can set up either at home plate or in the outfield, where fielders will have to retrieve fly balls that are hit to them.

  • The batters stand about 10 feet apart from each other.
  • The coach (or coaches) are between 12 to 18 feet away from the players.
  • Think of a triangle. The coach throwing the wiffle ball is at a center point away from the two batters forming a triangle. The two batters and the coach are the endpoints of the triangle.
  • The coach has a bucket of wiffle balls. Because players are fielding with gloves, use regulation official sized wiffle balls.
  • Now the coach throws to the first batter, who hits the ball to the chasers behind the coach.
  • Immediately after throwing to the first batter, the coach throws a pitch to the second batter.
  • The drill is repeated; the coach throws right away to batter one, followed by a pitch to batter 2, and on and on.
  • The two fielders chase the hit balls and try to retrieve them as fast as they can.
  • The fielders throw wiffle balls they retrieved back to the coach.

You can have three stations, each copying this exact setup. Coaches also test the batters, throwing inside and outside pitches, high and low in the strike zone. The fast paced nature of the drill keeps batters on their toes as well as fielders.

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A batter is allowed to let bad pitches go past him, and is encouraged only to swing at pitches in the strike zone. The more wiffle balls coaches have at the ready, the longer the momentum will last.

Wiffle Ball Rhythm Drill

For this drill, coaches will have hitters use a lighter and thinner bat. These are available at most sporting goods retailers. Here is the link for the Skilz Quick Stick bat. (Best Price on Amazon)

This is a one on one drill. Using assistant coaches and/or parents is a great idea, so the whole team can get involved.

Coaches should encourage parents to do this wiffle ball Rhythm Drill at home.

Coaches stand in front of the player at a 45 degree angle from the hitter.

  • In the setup, the player gets into his batting stance.
  • The batter points the barrel of the underload bat towards the pitcher.
  • As soon as the ball is tossed, the hitter assumes his normal stance and swings at the incoming wiffle ball.
  • The player keeps his elbow down as part of his body mechanics.
  • When the hitter moves into swinging position, make sure he puts most of his weight on his back foot.
  • Makes sure the player takes a good swing through the ball. He should bring his hands back as soon as the ball is tossed, and then follow through.

Using a wiffle ball makes the drill more challenging than a regular baseball because of the faster speed of the approaching wiffle ball. The drill can be used for youth players as well as more experienced hitters.

Heavy Bat Wiffle Ball Drill

This drill helps build forearm and wrist strength in hitters. The player can stand anywhere on the field.

The coach is looking for quick reflexes in the hitter. The bat should “snap”, and the movement of the heavier bat should be initiated at the forearms and the wrists.

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There are several ways to make a bat heavier. Many people have drilled a hole in the knob of the bat and then pour sand in the hole. Another, easier way is to wrap a good amount of duct tape or gorilla tape around the bat’s barrel.

In the drill, the batter olds the bat out in front of his body. Next, the barrel of the bat goes to the top of his head. This is accomplished by the hitter bending his wrists. Immediately after this, the batter “snaps” the bat back into his starting position.

Once the movement is sharp and crisp, lob 10 wiffle balls for the batter to try and hit, using his forearms and wrists. Because of the strain on the wrists, the hitter shouldn’t try more than 10 repetitions at a time.

Tee Ball Wiffle Drill

Tee ball hitting is an excellent way for baseball players at all levels of expertise to correct and perfect their body mechanics.

There are three basic elements to hitting a baseball properly.

  • Batting Stance: A hitter’s batting stance, in the end, doesn’t impact their ability to hit the baseball. But it’s important that hitters work with a batting stance where they’re comfortable and able to swing through the ball with the greatest efficiency.
  • Stride: In tee ball practice, the ball is stationary, so hitters can focus on the movement of the bat as they approach the ball. The stride is the manner in which the hitter starts to move his body in the direction of the ball. Key elements to the hitting stride is pulling back, moving weight onto the back foot. The bat moves behind the head. Forearms and wrists are holding the bat and are ready to snap the bat forward to hit.
  • It’s important to remember that the key to a great stride and swing is actually the lower body. Most of the muscle on the body is in the legs, particularly the thighs.
  • Stride movement begins first in the feet, then the power moves up to the thighs. The hips next move back in the direction of the baseball bat. Finally the wrists and forearms receive the power up from the lower body. The bat moves back and the player strides towards the ball on the batting tee.
  • Swing: It’s an absolute requirement for making the most solid contact with the ball that they eyes have razor sharp focus on the wiffle ball. If the mechanics are in place and the player approaches the stationary ball in a solid and fluid movement, he will transfer the power of his body into the baseball bat and hit the ball for greater distance.
  • The snap of the wrists and a level swing into the ball will result in the most power. When the hitter swings, the bat moves level, not at and up or downward angle. Level swings means control, and more solid contact with the ball.

In this drill, coaches place the batting tee at thigh high level in the center of home plate. The player takes 5 swings.

Next, the coach moves the tee in closer to the hitter to simulate an inside pitch. The player takes 5 more swings.

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This drill moves to the next level, where the batting tee is next moved waist high. The player does 5 swings down the middle, followed by inside and outside pitches, 5 each.

This drill mostly focuses on eye contact, yet his swinging mechanics (stance, stride and swing), should be at its most perfected level. When body mechanics are in place, the hitter can focus on his eye contact.

Have the hitter look in the direction of the pitcher’s mound when he takes his swings. He should visualize the pitcher throwing the ball to him as he hits it off the tee. He should imagine that the pitcher is winding up, then releasing the ball to him. He should thus delay his swing by about two seconds as he imagines the ball coming toward him. He finally swings at the wiffle ball on the tee.

Wiffle balls used on the batting tee will move in unusual directions when hit. The batter thus has less control of where the ball will go when he hits it. He can improve the direction of the wiffle ball through repetition. Batting tees, combined with a net will allow players to put in long practices at home. They can have a partner adjust the batting tee so they can practice inside and outside pitches, as well as pitches high and low in the strike zone.

Tee Wiffle Ball Bunting Drill

This drill also involves a batting tee. Players should use underweight bats for this drill.

Using a wiffle ball challenges young players to place a bunt where they want it to land with a lighter, plastic ball. Because it is a wiffle ball, they will often need to overcompensate in order to improve their bunting accuracy.

Coaches place a wiffle ball on the batting tee. Next, he instructs hitter to bunt the ball, first down the third base line. The player has five tries.

Following this, the player is instructed to bunt the wiffle ball down the first base line, having five tries.

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Lastly, the coach instructs the hitter to place the wiffle ball at a specific spot in the infield, either on the third base side or the first base side. He has five tries at this for a total of 15 attempts to bunt the wiffle ball.

The next player comes up. The coach places the wiffle ball on the tee and repeats.

It’s a great idea to have three stations, each with 3 or 4 players at the batting tee. Using assistant coaches or even parents will make the drill move quickly.

FAQs

Are Wiffle balls good for batting practice? ›

Wiffle ball batting is much more concentrated and yields much better results than just tee ball hitting by itself. Tee ball hitting helps batter develop their stance, stride and swing. Once body mechanics are in place, coaches should move to wiffle ball pitching, so hitters can improve reflexes and response time.

How can I improve my wiffle ball bat? ›

Unlike baseball, wiffle ball encourages doctoring with your bat. Stuff newspaper or foam packing peanuts into it, then tape it back up with electrical tape. "Stuffing the bat makes it a little heavier and acts as a type of 'spring' to hit the ball farther," Palinczar says.

How do you hit the ball in wiffle ball? ›

First thing we recover is timing. And as you can see you know fist ball fast balls are coming really

What is the best hitting drill for baseball? ›

But this drill got rid of my tendency to cast. My barrel and kept me compact. And through the inside

Do Wiffle balls hurt? ›

If by accident, a tennis ball is hit with a lot of speed and makes contact with someone unexpectedly, it can hurt. Wiffle balls never cause injury and players as young as 5 years old can practice catching fly balls without the anxiety of being it in the face.

What is the fastest wiffle ball pitch? ›

It seems impossible that a wiffleball could be thrown over 35mph. Though that seems reasonable, it is not correct. The top tier wiffleball players pitch at an average speed of around 70mph. With the mound a short 49 feet away from the strike zone, that pitch seems a little more like 100mph.

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Can a wiffle ball break a window? ›

It is not the most physical of all sports. But there is, at least, no chance of breaking a window if you knock the Wiffle ball off course.

How can I hit more power? ›

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What age is wiffle ball for? ›

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How heavy is a wiffle ball? ›

0.71 Pounds

What are three common rules of wiffle ball? ›

A pitcher can throw an entire game and can throw every game. Pitching changes can be made at any time except in the middle of an at-bat. There is a maximum of three pitching changes per game. The maximum speed of a pitch will be 40 m.p.h. An illegal pitch will be considered a ball.

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How far is a homerun in wiffle ball? ›

8 paces) by about 60 feet long (approx. 23 paces) from home plate to each home run marker. The field is laid out with foul lines and markers for singles, doubles triples and home run areas.

What exercises increase bat speed? ›

Anterior Core Strength and Stability

Core strength and stability is at the center of creating and improving your bat speed. This exercise, Bear Crawl, works on both while teaching the athlete to resist extension in the lower back as well.

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Does a lighter bat hit farther? ›

A heavier bat will hit a ball farther than a lighter bat, when the speed of the bat swing, the pitch speed and the ball mass are kept constant. Increasing the mass of the bat gives the ball more momentum.

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How do you make a rocket 1v1? ›

You simply have to sign into the game via your Epic login first. From here, click the big blue button at the bottom that says "Play". The duel tab will let you 1v1 players online. The key to this is that it is competitively ranked.

Why is it called a Wiffle? ›

The ball most commonly used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a "whiff".

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Are gloves allowed in wiffle ball? ›

Only the standard yellow Wiffle® Ball bat will be used for play. No tape will be allowed on the bats. League officials have the right to inspect any bats being used and only they can declare if bat is legal/illegal for play. Baseball gloves are not permitted.

How deep is a wiffle ball field? ›

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How far is a wiffle ball pitch? ›

Bases are placed 45 ft apart and the pitcher's rubber is 35ft from home plate. General Regulations: 1. The game will consist of 7 innings or 60 minutes (no new inning will be allowed after 60 minutes), whichever comes first.

How do you swing a bat harder? ›

The lower body pulls the upper body thru the swing. Back leg, then hands. By keeping the hands at the shoulder through the swing, you have more control of the bat. Try holding any object away from your body, it instantly becomes heavier and harder to control.

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What is a good bat speed for a 14 year old? ›

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Does a leg kick add power? ›

Lifting the leg helps create momentum, which allows more force to be fired from the back leg during their swing. As a result, the hitter can hit the ball with more power. Keep reading to learn more about how baseball hitters produce power through their legs when hitting.

Does wiffle ball help with baseball? ›

Wiffle ball helps you develop a feel for timing and gets you swinging aggressively. The bat is so light (and long) that there's no reason you can't get around on just about any speed of pitch.

Does playing wiffle ball mess up your swing? ›

If you are a regular player of Wiffle Ball, it is important to take care of your swing and make sure that the ball does not cause damage. The Wiffle Ball can cause serious damage to a swingset if not used correctly, so be sure to practice safely.

Is it good to practice with plastic golf balls? ›

Plastic Practice Golf Balls

Sometimes called Wiffle balls, these balls are safe and will give you a good indication of any problems with your swing. They're great practice golf balls that don't go far so can be used in very small spaces. This makes them among the best practice golf balls for backyard use.

Can you play wiffle ball on a baseball field? ›

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How heavy is a wiffle ball? ›

0.71 Pounds

What are three common rules of wiffle ball? ›

A pitcher can throw an entire game and can throw every game. Pitching changes can be made at any time except in the middle of an at-bat. There is a maximum of three pitching changes per game. The maximum speed of a pitch will be 40 m.p.h. An illegal pitch will be considered a ball.

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Do any pros use colored balls? ›

The PGA Tour has no rule preventing pro golfers from using a coloured golf ball. Pros are allowed to use any golf ball in any of the major professional golf tours provided it is on the 'List of Conforming Golf Balls' issued by golf's governing bodies, the USGA and R&A. Over 750 of the balls on the list are coloured.

Do pros use hard or soft balls? ›

On average, 55% of professional golfers use a softer feeling golf ball. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, and Rory Mcilroy use softer balls and some of the more popular choices are the Taylormade Tp5/Tp5x and the Titleist Pro V1.

Do practice balls go as far? ›

Range balls typically do not fly as far as your golf balls you'd use on the golf course for a live round of play. The majority of the range balls you encounter on the driving range will not perform as well either if you tried to use them during normal play.

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