The connection ball drill is good for batters who have a problem with the barrel disconnecting from their back shoulder. Pushing the bat can also be exposed and corrected with this drill.
Connection Ball Drill Instructions
Find an appropriately sized spacer
To do this drill you will need a spacer between the shoulder and bat. No two swings are the same and different players may need different spacers. First, find your own slot by getting into launch position. You need a spacer that fits between the shoulder and the bat. If you are an ear slot hitter, a deflated mini basketball will work as a spacer. If you are a vertical hitter, you will need a larger ball or spacer.
Place the ball
Set the ball or spacer on the shoulder and place the barrel of the bat on top of it.
Keep a slight amount of pressure on the ball with the bat. The goal of this drill is to keep connection through the swing.
Do not let the ball dump away from your back shoulder too early. You should maintain connection with the ball throughout the turn and the ball should not fall until you release the bat out front.