There are hundreds of small techniques that a hitter can use to their advantage. Some techniques are more important than others but all of them have a purpose. It's rare for someone to know all the proper techniques with regard to hitting, but as long as you know what you're trying to accomplish, you can determine what’s needed to properly execute the skill. In this instance I will be discussing how to prevent pulling off the ball and why that’s important to avoid. A technique necessary for every hitter is to be able to put themselves in a position where they can keep their head and body on the ball as long as possible. Here's how you can make that happen.
The ability to keep your body and head on the baseball starts with your stride. To allow your body to stay on the ball, it's essential that your stride is directly at the pitcher and not away from home plate. Your stride is the start of the process of your body moving forward and will be the guide for where the rest of your body will go. When your front foot moves directly forward and does not open up, it gives your shoulder a chance to stay closed and not pull off the ball.
Your front shoulder is the next step of the process of keeping your head and body on the baseball. Keeping your front shoulder closed as long as possible allows your body to not pull off. When your shoulder opens up to early it starts the process of your hands moving across your body and forces your bat out of the hitting zone early. Your hands will follow your shoulder so keeping your shoulder closed and moving forward will allow your hands to move forward as well.
Too many young hitters have the problem of bringing their hands across their body instead of right back towards the pitcher. You want your hands to be moving directly toward the pitcher so your bat can get into the hitting zone early and will have the opportunity to stay in it longer. The longer your bat is in the hitting zone, the better chance you have to hit the baseball. When your hands and shoulder move forward and not across your body, it allows your head to stay on the ball.
Pulling your head off the ball seems to be one of the most common problems hitters have. When your head pulls off the baseball, it generally means that you're not tracking the ball for as long as possible. When you have less than half of a second to react and hit the ball, you can’t afford to cut into that time by pulling your eyes off the ball early. Keeping your head on the baseball means you're maximizing the little time you have to react to the pitch, which from a vision standpoint gives you the best chance to hit the ball.
The Domino Effect
The Domino Effect with regard to keeping your head on the ball, starts with your front foot. Your foot will guide your body so you everything else will depend on your foot getting down where it’s supposed to. If your stride is away from the plate, your shoulder will be forced to follow. When your shoulder pulls of the ball your head and hands will end up doing the same thing. If you can control your stride and shoulder you will put your body in a good position to hit the baseball.