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.
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
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.
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.