Q. Hitting: How do you hit an off-speed pitch?
A. Off speed pitches are designed to get you to commit your weight too soon. To get you off-balance and take your body out of the swing. In essence, an off-speed pitch makes you become an "arms only" hitter and your power and effectiveness can be severely hampered.
Aggressive hitters are generally very good at hitting the fastball, but struggle with the off speed pitch. Hitting the off speed pitch requires discipline.
Become great at recognizing the off-speed pitch and learning to react appropriately.
When trying to judge off speed pitches. Make most off -speed pitches be up in the zone. They will always look like a ball and then fall back into the strike zone.
Focus on the ball out of the pitcher's hand and determine if its an off speed pitch or straight. If you recognize its an off-speed pitch, and it looks like a strike from the start, then its probably going to fall out of the zone for a ball.