Every hitter will have this problem.
So why do so many hitters have this problem? And when I say hitters, I am talking about every level of baseball and softball.
I will make a strong statement and say that every hitter will have this come up at some point in their career.
Some less than others, but it will happen to all of them.
So when I had this thought the other day, I couldn't help but think, why is this the case?
Why do hitters at every single level of the game struggle with this issue?
I then realized it was normal.
It is normal for hitters to struggle with their "front shoulder flying open."
A few weeks ago, a friend came up to my cage.
He played baseball a long time ago but hasn't picked up a bat since he was a kid.
He walked into my cage, and I started to soft-toss him some balls.
Ground ball after ground ball to the pull side.
Was that because he was trying to hit a Home Run?
Maybe but by the look of it, he just wanted to put the ball in play.
What I realized at the moment is the most natural thing for a player to do is pull their front shoulder out early.
Let's face it, the shoulder will technically pull out eventually, or your upper body doesn't turn at all, which would be awkward.
Here are the three steps I use to help hitter's keep their front shoulder in longer.
Simple, but not easy to repeat consistently.