4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PULLING OFF THE BASEBALL
The Hitting Project has developed a range of training tools  – designed to make you a complete hitter. Our training tools are of significant importance for those that wish to learn how to stop pulling off the baseball.

We’ve broken down the reasons for flying open into a step-by-step format, using video drills and tips to help you quickly and easily fix this common hitting mistake.

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IF YOU WANT TO STAY CLOSED…KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!

A hitter that is able to keep his head down during the entire swing (even after the point of contact) is less likely to pull off the baseball.   Refer to the video for more information.

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MOST OF THE TIME FLYING OPEN IS A MENTAL OR VISUAL PROBLEM

80% of the time, pulling off the baseball is not a mechanical issue. If a hitter has problems seeing the baseball, he will fly open. If a hitter has a poor hitting approach and is trying to pull every pitch as opposed to hitting the baseball to the opposite field, he will fly open.   Oftentimes, pulling off the baseball/flying open can be a fixed with these simple words, “Close your mind and open your eyes”   (Step 1: Visual) – a 100% focus on seeing the baseball from the pitcher’s hand, combined with a clear mind (not thinking to try to pull the baseball) will help prevent a player from pulling off the baseball.   This is because when he is focused only on seeing the baseball, he will let the ball travel, triggering his natural/reactive swing to take over – ultimately, this will help the hitter to perfectly time the release of his front shoulder.

Our Stay Closed Hitting Program is designed to fix the most common hitting mistake – pulling off the baseball. It provides a simple to follow hitting action plan to train a hitter to stay closed and to keep the head on the baseball. The Stay Closed Program uses the same hitting approach as some of the best Major League hitters (Trout & Cabrera) and is available with all our member hitting packages. 

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FLYING OPEN WITH THE UPPER BODY CAN BE CAUSED FROM THE LOWER BODY

When a hitter pulls off the baseball with his front shoulder, the main items that stand out are the movements of the head and front shoulder. Leading many parents and coaches to believe that flying open is a problem only generated from the upper half. When in fact, staying closed and staying through the baseball can also be an issue with the lower half.   Hitters can’t prevent flying open without an athletic, balanced base (lower half). Anybody can make contact, but to maximize your opportunity for success a hitter must drive the barrel through the ball, not just to the ball. Good leg positioning will allow the hitter to stay closed and for the barrel to travel through the zone better.   For example, getting off the back heel when swinging reduces the chances of pulling off the baseball. When a hitter is hitting off a flat back foot, there is more chance of spinning off the baseball. As a apposed to a hitter that gets off his back heel, allowing the hitting to turn and drives his back knee toward the ground. This gets the hitter into a position that allows him to stay through the baseball better after the point of contact.   Refer to the baseball hitting drill video at the top of the page to find out more about getting into a good lower half position to hit.

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FLYING OPEN CAN BE CAUSED FROM TRYING TO PULL THE BASEBALL

If a hitter is over-swinging or attempts to pull every pitch, he will have a tendency to fly open with the front side. One of the best techniques to prevent a hitter from flying open is to practice hitting the baseball to the opposite field. By focusing on the task of hitting the baseball to the non-pull side the hitter will naturally stay closed with his front side. This is the beauty of the opposite field approach.

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