Home > Memberships > The Pro Zone > The Pro Zone Detail

How to break habit of closing eyes during swing.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 by Matt Adkins

My son is 12 years old and is an above average ball player but has been in a batting slump for some time in the batting cage he crushes the ball but at the plate he stikes out. Recently I have video taped him and it appears that he is closing his eyes during the swing. He says he does not realize that he is doing this yet continues to do so any ideas of how to break this habit would be great.


February 25, 2010 at 6:01 PM

jimmy says:

let him start with his eyes closed as you begin to wind up and throw,
as soon as you are ready to release the ball, say "Ball" as a verbal signale for him to open his eyes to find the ball and hit.
April 5, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Teresa says:

Use 2-3 different colored balls. Player must shout out color as he is hitting the ball.
April 13, 2010 at 9:14 PM

john says:

I get the idea he may be afraid of being hit by the pitch ball, is he stepping away? Has he been hit by a pitched ball before? Also I would suggest a combination of the previous two comments start with the eyes closed and on your verbal command have him try to pick up the color of the ball first and as he gets a little more confident change to numbers which will require a little more focus than the color alone
April 21, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Jill says:

Sounds like he is a bit afraid of being hit by the pitch. Why don't you try one of those batting helmets with the attached face mask. It will give him more confidence and eliminate his fear of being hit.

Add a Comment