How to teach keeping your eye on the ball to older players

Keeping your eye on the ball isn't always easy, unless you have a big eyeball!

Keeping your eye on the ball isn't always easy, unless you have a big eyeball!

I know the head should be down as the bat hits the ball, but should we teach the kids to see the bat make contact with the ball even if it is a fast High School pitcher?

Answer:

Very good question...we teach the younger kids to keep their "eyes on the ball" at contact because they can understand that.

As players mature and get older, you can tell them to finish with their chin over the back shoulder after contact...younger kids wouldn't understand the "why" behind that concept, which is why we don't teach it to them that way.

So, for a high school player, teach them to finish with their chin over the back shoulder after contact, and to hit the ball first, then lift the eyes to see where it was hit.

Important note: if a player's pulling their head, most likely they're swinging too hard, so get them to Swing Smarter with a less is more approach.

There are two new Swing Smarter Hitting Drill articles I recently wrote that would help with older players pulling their head off the ball:



Good luck with your kids!

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