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How to Stop Cutting Off Your Swing

How to Stop Cutting Off Your Swing

What is Cutting Off Your Swing?

Young hitters have a tendency to want to hit home runs.  While there is nothing wrong with that, this mentality can affect their swing. 

The more the hitter thinks about pulling the ball to the pole, the more they will cheat that way.   This results in grooving the swing with the front shoulder rotating out. This is cutting off your swing or also called pulling off the ball. 

When a hitter’s front shoulder opens up too early, it creates the following problems for hitters:

  • Limits plate coverage
  • Makes timing more difficult
  • Results in ground balls to the pull side
  • Makes you an easy target for pitchers

The Solution

The good news is that cutting off your swing is a problem that is fixable.  In this week’s article, Doug Bernier shows us how we can work on keeping your front shoulder closed with the following tee drill.

For this drill, we hold the bat with only our backhand, while we keep our front arm extended over the plate. 

Make sure you choke up on the bat so the bat is more comfortable to hit one-handed. 

Now take a swing and try to keep your front arm extended over home plate as you hit the ball off the tee and drive it up the middle.  

This exercise will force you to move and turn with your hips, almost in a whip-like fashion.  It will also discourage hitters from initiating the swing with their front shoulder. 

In addition, this drill encourages proper sequencing of the swing and promotes an optimal bat path to the ball.

Quality Over Quantity

When working on tee drills, it is important to make every repetition count.  You aren’t doing yourself any favors if the first few repetitions are good and then we fall back into our usual bad habits. 

Poor quality leads to poor results.  Focus on the quality of every swing.

One Thing at a Time

If you are working on not cutting off your swing, focus solely on that. 

Forget about drills that focus on your stance or hip placement, etc.  Overly complicating your drills and thinking about too much at a time can muddle up your efforts.

Thanks Doug!

Tanner Tees want to thank Doug Bernier again for these great tips. 

We hope you have fun practicing this drill so you can stop cutting off your swing and be more consistent at the plate.

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About the Author

Joe H. Tanner Baseball Products was founded by retired coach Joe Tanner after nearly fifty years in baseball. Joe realized a need in the game and solved it with the first Tanner Tee prototype. It was lightweight, portable, and easy to work the inside and outside part of the plate. It disassembled with ease and could be transported from the cage to the ball field in nearly any personal equipment bag. His tee was adjustable and held its height based on friction mechanics. Joe earned three patents for his Tanner Tee.

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