Getting stuck on the back side during the load is deadly to hitters. What they need to do instead is “bounce off” of it.
Tell me if you’ve seen (or personally experienced) this before. A hitter looks great on the tee. All her mechanics are correct and her movements are correctly sequenced. She’s pounding the ball so hard you’re afraid it’s going to break the back of the cage. Then you move her into a live hitting situation – doesn’t have to be a full pitch, it could be easy front toss from a short distance – and suddenly that potential game-winning swing all falls apart.
Instead of driving the ball, the hitter is popping up, especially to the opposite field, or hitting weak dribblers back to the pitcher. What the heck happened? Odds are she’s late getting to the bat to the ball. And no matter how soon she starts, she continues to be late. You’ve probably heard it said on many occasions that hitting is all about timing.