Do you actually know what your eyes are doing prior to the release of the pitch?
Most hitters don’t realize what their eyes are focusing on at any given moment in the pitcher’s motion, as it is done subconsciously. You may not be focusing on what think you are, and it may be putting you at a disadvantage. The best way to find out is to test your focal points.
TESTING YOUR FOCAL POINTS
- Have a coach or teammate stand out in front of you where a pitcher would.
- Get into your batting stance and try to imagine you’re in a real at-bat in a real game.
- Have the pitcher slowly start to move through each stage of the wind up until they would release the ball.
- Say out loud what your eyes are focusing on at each of the following points:
- Before the pitcher begins.
- When they lift their leg.
- When their hands break apart.
- When they get to their release point.
What your eyes SHOULD be focused on…
Before the pitcher begins – Have a soft focus at the upper body of the pitcher.
When they lift their leg – Continue to have a soft focus at the upper body of the pitcher. Eyes SHOULD NOT be trying to follow the ball at this point.
When their hands break apart – Begin transitioning to a hard focus on the area where the pitcher’s hand will release the ball. Eyes SHOULD NOT be trying to follow the ball at this point either.
When they get to their release point – Eyes should beat the ball to the release point, and already be in position to have a hard focus on the ball as it comes out of the hand.