The “Turn to Catch” Drill is a great way for players of all ages to train the counter rotation of the head as the body rotates out during the swing. Simply put, seeing the ball better is more in the head movement than the just only the eyes. The player will go through their normal turn while keeping their back elbow bent and firm. Someone will toss the ball in different locations and the player must turn their body open as if to swing while catching the ball with their back hand. The key here is not to reach for the ball with their arm, but to rotate their hips and shoulders which will bring the arm and hand around. At the same time, the player will over exaggerate their head rotation back towards the catcher so that at the time of “impact” or the catch, the hitter’s nose and both eyes will be locked onto the back of their hand holding the ball.
This is a great drill that often times goes unchecked at all levels!