Now, unlike the step out, this hitter will still be trying to load their body properly to hit the ball hard. The issue arises when their center of gravity starts to move towards the pull side of the field. As you can see in the example above, I start to load and move straight but somewhere down the line, I move my middle away from the plate. This will:
- Alter head position and therefore vision
- Cause an early leak of my coiled hips
- Force me to reach my arms away from my body early
- Make the outside half of the plate nearly impossible to hit well
- Become very susceptible to off speed pitches
What I have found is this move stems from the hitter possibly trying to pull the ball too much. They feel as if moving that way will help them pull the ball easier by clearing space for the barrel to get by. While this is true to some extent, this is not the best way to pull the ball successfully.
The fix here would be to have the hitter feel as if they are moving their core towards the opposite side of the field. While it will feel extremely awkward at first, they have to understand that what they feel is not real. Overtime, they will get comfortable with this new direction and be in a much better position upon front foot landing.