Power Batting Aids

7 Simple Drills And Tips To Fix Pulling Off The Ball

Tips and drills to fix pulling off the ball

The following article discusses the main reasons for “flying open” with your front shoulder too early in your swing; providing a step-by-step format, video drills, and tips. Designed to help you to stay closed, critical for hitting “low and outside” and “off-speed” pitches.

Bottom/Lead-Hand side toss is a fantastic hitting drill helping players to “stay closed,” with their front shoulder; and improve power.

Part 1 Visual and Mental

Most of the time, “pulling off” the baseball or softball, is not mechanical; it’s a visual and mental flaw triggering the problem.

1. The Overswing Effect

Avoid predetermining to “pull the ball” or thinking to swing as hard as you can, to hit a home run. Your subconscious mind is a powerful tool, and controls/triggers critical parts of your game day swing. For example, thoughts of “pulling the ball,” subconscious mind communicates to your body, triggering you to rush your swing.

2. Close Your Mind and Open Your Eyes

If you can’t see the ball, you will fly open. Focus on the pitcher’s release point, clearing your mind of all thoughts and see the ball. This method naturally helps you to track the ball, allowing the ball to travel, giving you time to read the pitch, and preventing you from starting your swing too early. Additionally, triggering your “natural reflex swing.” Ultimately, improves your; timing, bat speed, helping  you to “stay closed” with your front shoulder.

3. Develop Your Hitting Approach

Lack of a disciplined hitting approach creates the habit of “flying open.” The most straightforward method to prevent “flying open” is to practice hitting the ball “up the middle” to the “opposite field.” Focus on a target area during batting practice, aiming for your location. Developing a disciplined hitting approach fixes many mistakes.

Part 2 Physical Hitting Mechanics

Drills and tips to stay closed with your front shoulder

4. Train to use your core

Attempting to fix, “pulling off the ball,” coaches focus on the upper half of the swing. In fact, staying closed and staying is an issue triggered by incorrect rotational hitting mechanics.

5. Keep your head down

Minimize head movement during the entire swing, especially at the point of contact, and on your follow through. Place a hat in front of home plate, focusing your eyes on the hat after contact.

Beginner Hitting Tips
Beginner Hitting Tips

6. Track the ball, making contact closer to your body

Laser Blast front toss instantly fixes pulling off the ball. Increase the resistance of your Laser Strap Power Hitting Aid by reducing the size, preventing players from reaching, and casting; the only option is to hit the ball closer to the body; helping to “stay closed.”

  • Resistance: Medium to strong
  • Set Up: Both arms inside your Laser Strap
  • Pitch Height: Thigh to belly-button
  • Pitch Location: Middle to inside
  • Approach: Hit the ball up the middle or to the ally’s

7. Release your top hand for extreme extended location

Releasing your top hand prevents flying open for extreme, low and outside pitch locations. Why? Simple, your bottom hand has more range than your top hand.