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Forehand Ground Ball Series

A forehand ground ball is any ball that is hit to the glove hand side of the infielder that is outside of the routine fielding position range. A forehand ground ball will be fielded with one hand outside of the feet with your momentum moving laterally or away from the infield. There are 2 types of forehand ground balls that we will focus on throughout our infield series.

  1. Extension Forehand

  2. Reverse Pivot Forehand

Extension Forehand

The Extension Forehand is a ball hit sharply to the glove hand side just outside of the Routine fielding position range. The fielding position should be with one hand outside of the lead foot. Once the ball is received proceed to turn “inside” toward the target while gathering momentum and separating to the power position.

Extension Forehand Overview & Fielding Position

Extension Forehand Overview & Fielding Position

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Fielding Position & Footwork:

  1. Feet are open and angled laterally or away from the infield

  2. Ball is fielded outside of lead foot with one hand

  3. Glove Position: slight flexion in the wrist with fingers back

  4. Shift into lead foot as you receive the ball

  5. Hands come to center – change direction

    1. Bring throwing hand foot to lead foot without crossing your feet

  6. Shuffle and stride/separate hands to power position

    1. Important for hands to remain at center until the lead foot strides towards the target

  7. Restart backside and throw

Reverse Pivot Forehand

The Reverse Pivot Forehand is a ball hit sharply to the glove hand side just outside of the Extension fielding position range. The fielding position will be angled away from the infield and should be with one hand outside of the lead foot. Once the ball is received proceed to reverse turn “outside” toward the outfield while gathering momentum and separating to the power position.