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Hitting advanced pitching

Making the adjustment to better pitching is a big deal.

Whether its an adjustment made during an at-bat, game, or new level of competition.

Seeing higher velocities, better movement, surperior pitch location, and un-godly secondary pitches is something that you will have to expect will serve as a huge challenge for you.

Luckily, it will be difficult for the players you are competing against for a starting position as well.

If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m a huge advocate of simplifying hitting.

So here are 4 things that you can implement in your approach that will, without a doubt, make you a better hitter if you apply them correctly.

Be ready to hit the fastball

Being ready to hit the fast-ball comes down to a couple of things.
  1. Understanding the situation. Do you know what the situation calls for? is it a fast-ball count. Are there guys on base?
  2. Getting started on time. Meaning that you have begun your pre-swing movements at the correct time during the pitcher’s wind-up. The harder he throws, the sooner you have to start. You can measure this by timing the pitcher in “the hole”, or  while “on deck”. I call this “calibrating the pitcher”

Learn to drive the ball the other way

You will eventualy face a pitcher who is just dominating. The pitcher may be making you and everyone else in your line-up look like you’ve never picked up a bat in your life.
In this case, driving the ball the other way is an effective approach becuase it will allow you to see the ball longer, hit better with two strikes, and become more effective deeper in the count, thus causing the pitcher to throw more pitches. Words can’t express how valuable this is!

Be selectively aggressive

Learn to key-hole a pitch. All a good pitcher want’s to do is make you hit “his” pitch. Majority of the time, “his pitch” is a pitch out of the strike-zone.
Being selectivly aggresssive means having a clear idea of watch pitch you wan’t to hit in a specific location, and ignoring the rest.
If he throws you that pitch, you will be ready. You will not miss it. You get good at being selectivly aggressive by practicing. You train to hit a specfic pitch over and over again so that when you get it, you dont miss it!
This is why “Tee work” is so important!!!

Enjoy the process

I have said it time and time again. You will have your struggles. You will have your frustrations. If you can get to the point as a hitter where you are so focused on what you need to do to make an adjustment to do better, that you don’t have the time or energy to get mad or discouraged, you will become a great hitter.
I promise!
Forget about your batting average. Forget about results. Focus on ONLY things yo can control like your preperation, effort, and one specific mechanical habit such as “staying inside the ball” or, “breathing”.
You can always control this.
Get to work!
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Fail at hitting like a big leaguer

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you play. You will experience failure.

You can be the most talented player in the world and you’re still going to fail more than half the time at the plate.

You will strike out, ground out, pop out, and fly out. This is guaranteed.

What truly matters is how you deal with these failures.

Do you get frustrated?

If so, do you stil have the ability to still focused on the task at hand and make the needed adjustments?

If you are struggling to deal with failure you have to change your mind set on what success is.

Steve Springer from Quality At Bats™ said it best when he said,

The batting average is evil. How can you possible base your success on your batting average when you can do everything right and still go 0-4?!!

He also goes on to say that

If you want to truly reach your potential at the plate, set daily attainable goals. This alone will help you create the confidence you need to play at the highest level.

If you are ready to take your game to the next level and achieve the type of confidence that big leaguers have I suggest you try out Steve Springers audiobook.

It been said that some hitters felt 50x more confident from one session of listening to his mp3.

He offers a 60 day money back guarantee so if  you aren’t completely satisfied, you can request a refund and still keep the product!

Not a bad deal if you ask me.

 

 

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How to earn playing time when sitting on the bench – part 3

This is a five part series about how I was able to play at the Division one level after sitting on the bench in Junior College for three years.

Part 1Part 2Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

This is the third installment of a five part series depicting my experiences of going from a bench player to an everyday player at the D1 level.

I spoke about my ability to focus on the image that I had for myself as a player as well as the process of being humble as the first two qualities that allowed me to stay persistent.

If you don’t know already, sitting on the bench is no fun. When every part of you wants nothing more than to play your heart out in every inning and yet all you can do is voice your support, giving up on yourself is a hard thing to avoid at times.

This is something that every single bench player needs to underhand. If you sit on the bench long enough, and your not paying attention, a part of you will die. I truly feel that every competitor has a fighting spirit and if you are not given an opportunity to exercise this gift, the flame burns out. Sitting the bench can take away that fire.

What I mean is if your not careful, sitting on the bench can cause you to become complacent. Do not let this happen.

You have to be ready. Even if you never play an inning, you are preparing yourself for next year. You have to condition yourself to never take a moment for granted.

There were definitely times when I was subject to feeling sorry for myself, and this may have lead to me possibly losing my competitive edge. Trust me, I had to work extra hard the next year when I earned a starting position after transferring to get back my baseball instincts and competitive edge.

I had to re-train myself to develope my baseball instincts because my ability to do so essentially atrophied like an unused muscle.

Dealing with sitting the bench is a challenge in itself. Don’t make it harder by taking yourself or the game for granted.

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How to play and make baseball adjustments quicker

It’s an accepted ideology that being an effective baseball player comes down to making adjustments. Whether they be physical, mental, or emotional ones. A player will do well to understand this fact, learn what they can from it, and apply what they have learned as soon a possible, before it’s too late. The need to make an adjustment comes down to facing a problem or obstacle. For example, the problem may be that you are having trouble hitting the off-speed pitch. You may be experiencing hitting higher velocities as a challenging obstacle.
You can either find a way to push through this problem, or find a way around it. Either way doing so will cause you to make an adjustment. The important part to realize is that as a person we have to experience some sort of transformation before we can make an adjustment or find a solution to this problem.
“Problems can’t be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” -Albert Einstein.
Making the adjustment really comes down to two things.

Focus and Expectations

Focus

What you focus on expands. If you find yourself in pain from a cut and I hit your toe with a hammer, you will probably forget all about the pain from the cut and have more focus on the toe right?

When trying to make an adjustment it’s the same. The problem is a player’s focus is on something that will not help them in making an adjustment. For instance, if a hitter has just struck out and his focus is on his batting average, or on what the scouts may be writing in their reports, his focus is entirely in the wrong place, and he probably won’t be making any productive adjustments at this point.

On the other hand, after striking out, his focus is on what he did wrong, what he could of done differently, majority of the time, his instincts will take over and his intuition will tell him what he needs to do to be successful in his next at-bat.

That’s true focus.

Expectations

With great expectations comes great disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, having great expectations for yourself is fantastic, but the game of baseball owes you absolutely nothing, and if you think just because you spent an extra couple of hours in the batting cage last week, you should be hitting .380, or since there are scouts in the stands that have come here just to see “little ol you” play- that you should be lighting up that radar gun, or making web gems.

Sorry, if you have played this game for more than one season, you know that nothing is for certain, and baseball will do whatever it can to knock you down, to see how you will react.

Do yourself a favor and throw away all your expectations, and just except the fact that nothing is written in stone. The moment you do this, the more empowered you will be. Trust me. Having this as part of your daily approach to baseball will allow you to play each game as your last. You will have the focus and discipline to play each game, pitch by pitch, inning by inning. This is how the big boys do it. The best players play each game like it’s opening day. Not worried about numbers, or their performance.

They’re in the moment.

So to will you be………