Side flips are amongst the most popular warm-up drills that hitters use to get warmed up. Unfortunately I see this drill as one of biggest bad habit producing drills out there.
This drill promotes a downward swing to the ball since ball is tossed from the ground up. I see lots of batters raise their hands up over the shoulder on this drill and that promotes a choppy swing.
Another popular mistake is that the flipper flips the ball too fast which promotes "handsie" types of swings. Most think this is working on quick hands, but it causes more problems because hitters usually don't loead properly and are off balance with their swings.
The flip drill does warm the body up, but if it is used to help your swing it may be doing just the opposite if not careful.
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