Mets OF Curtis Granderson used Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long’s home-run drill, and had several teammates participate, before Tuesday’s game at Citi Field (Kernan, May 21).
He responded by hitting a single, double and a home run.
Granderson is batting .313 with three HR in his last nine games, during which he also had an 0-for-11 drought.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It’s called ‘The Net Drill,’ or ‘The Home Run Drill.’ Basically, Long puts a pitching screen over half of home plate, while throwing pitches underhand from about 30 feet away. The goal is to get hitters to work on shortening and tightening up their swings, while guiding and isolating movement from the lower half of their body. It’s a great way to feel yourself generating more complete power, which probably builds confidence, more than anything else.
This drill plays right in to the type of hitting that is being preached by Sandy Alderson and Dave Hudgens, so I’m surprised it wasn’t implemented in Spring Training. Frankly, I’m surprised it wasn’t being used before Granderson, since it’s been making it’s way through college and the minor leagues during the last decade. In the end, drills are just drills, they’re meaningless unless they create good, productive habits. Hopefully, last night was the start of some good momentum for Curtis.