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How to Deal With Anger on the Field

 

Have you ever let anger get you off of your game?

How do you respond to failure?

How do you react to baseball challenges?

What is the best response while struggling between the chalk?

In this video I’ll illustrate EXACTLY what you need to do after you start to let your emotions get the better of you and away from your zone while answering Jacobi’s Art of Baseball’s question.

Baseball is a game of adjustments and these adjustments start with your emotional response.

What was your biggest take away from this video?

Let me know in the comments box below! I respond to every single comment 🙂

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The perfect hitting practice tool

 

I figured you have asked yourself this question before.

“how can I make sure that I’m getting the most out of my hitting lessons, and equip the best approach to make sure my swing is sound and generates as much power as possible”.

Ok…..maybe not quite in those words but I bet you are now.

Well in today’s post I want to show you a tool that you have already probably used and tell you why it’s important even though you probably already know why.

Why? Because even though I knew its value I took that value for granted!

Don’t let this happen to you!

Video camera segmenting

 

We all have heard about using video to analyze a swing. But what are we looking for? We’re not recording our swing to make sure our stroke is not so ugly that it could make a blind man grimace.

We’re looking for specific check points in the swing, for little mechanical flaws that could be elongating our swing, or even showing what our greatest strengths are so we can become more aware of them and then leverage that.

Video can be an incredible weapon when you know what you’re looking for.

So where do we start?!

Start my finding a camera that either has a consistent start stop function. You need to be able to view your swing frame by frame or in extreme slow motion. We all have cell phones with cameras but I’m not sure if most of these have an effective start stop function. So in order to do this you would have to upload your swings onto a computer.

This is why I believe using an actual camera is a bit more effective.

The start stop function is key in finding precisely what you need to work on during a hitting session.

Where can you get one for cheap?

One word……..three syllables.

Amazon!

Amazon normally has great deals on cameras with a great return policy.

eBay is ok, and Craigslist is pretty much hit or miss.

If you’re lucky you could find a decent camera for less than $15!

Not bad!

So what do you do once you have a camera.

Take some video!

Find one thing that you could consider a flaw in your swing. In the beginning you may need to be ruthless with yourself. If it’s a perceived flaw, take the time to see what “harm” it could be doing to your swing.

Secondly, find one strength that you have in your swing. What this will do is allow you to make sure you continue doing this after you have made adjustments with anything else that needs polishing in your swing.

Be your own coach!

Using a camera and watching footage of your swing is a great way of becoming an EXPERT on your swing. The more familiar you are with your swing the better off you’ll be in the future and watching video helps you with establishing that kind of perspective!

Good luck!

 

 

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Baseball Hitting: Talent v.s Work Ethic

 

Every hitter has felt like giving up………

and regardless of how talented they are they have also felt like they may not be good enough.

They may be thinking, “sure I may be doing decent at the level I’m playing at now but what about when I get to the next level?

Will hitting 93 mph be to difficult?

Will the competition be to high?

How important it talent?

All are valid questions…..here is my answer!

Forget talent (it’s waaaay overrated)

I’ve seen it too many times to believe that talent is as important as it seems. I’ve seen a handful of players with incredible bat speed, size and strength who had very little work ethic.

Do yourself a favor, if you’re a hitter who has been second guessing your own skills……….. STOP!

There are a hand full of players right now in the big leagues that are there after being underestimated and out shined by seemingly more talented players. Don’t get me wrong, they have skill but their success is deriving from something else that has noting to do with natural born abilities.

Regardless of what you do, talent will only be able to take you so far.

Your ability to take daily action, dedicate yourself to becoming the type of ball player that you dream of becoming, and to continue on until the job is done will be what counts!

Don’t sell yourself short

There is no reason why you can’t become a better hitter!

There is no reason why you can’t refine your swing, increase your hand-eye coordination, and overall bat-speed but you will have to be willing to change the way you view yourself.

A lot of players sell themselves short by assuming that becuase of their past experiences or present situation, there is nothing they can do.

Ex: They have never been a power hitter so they will probably never be one.

Ex: They never had great bat speed so chances are they never will.

HOGWASHH!!!!!!

If you wan’t to become a better hitter, go out and practice!

Everyday…….until you can’t swing anymore.

You have to wan’t to become a better hitter so much that you NEED it like you need air to breath!

The desire has to ignite a flame in your heart!

Thats the way to increase your talent as a hitter!!!!

Share your thoughts

What have you been doing lately to become a better ball player or hitter?

Do you feel like you’re not good enough? What are you going to do to change that?

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How to have a productive “Batting Practice” session

 

Have you ever found yourself being frustrated and confused after batting practice?

You wen’t into hitting practice ready to get better and after 5 or 6 rounds of B.P you felt like you actually got worse?

How often do you struggle with trying to solve a hitting slump or mechanical flaw only to become more confused?

Why do we practice hitting anyway?

How long should we actually practice?

What do we do when a hitting session is not going well?

I will answer all of these…….right now;)

Have a plan

There are  only 5 reasons why you should ever take b.p.!!!!!!!

1.  To work on and reinforce one or two good mechanical habits

2.  To fix a major flaw in a swing

2.  To get loose and work on timing

4.  To incorporate bigger adjustments to increase power or bat control.

5.  To reinforce your approach (either mental or physical)

THAT’S IT!!!!

When you know exactly what you want to work on, each swing has a purpose.

When you swing with purpose you’re reinforcing good habits and this is where progress and success comes from.

Keeping things simple

A lot of players run into trouble when they extend their hitting sessions for too long.

The best way to create a sound and consistent swing is to focus on ONLY one or two things  during a hitting session. Focusing on one or two things allows you to give those needed adjustments your undivided attention. You can’t be thinking about “staying back”, “ throwing your hips”, “ getting your foot down in time”, “ getting your hands back” , and “ staying closed” all at the same time!!!

When you see big leaguers make hitting a 95 mph look easy it’s because they are doing one thing!

Simplifying the process of hitting!!

The more simple you keep things in practice……the happier you’ll be with the results. You’ll see improvement, and this will keep you motivated because of it.

Be able to trust and let things go

I remember when I had a BAD batting practice session. I would always say “just one more”! I didn’t want to end practice with feeling like I had just gotten worse.

Next thing I new, I had taken another five rounds, and had worn myself out!!!

Listen, I know how frustrating it can be to feel like no matter what you do, how hard you try, you just can’t get your swing to do what it is you want!

When this happens you have to be able to just step away.

A lot of times the thing you’re trying to work on in your swing happnes away from the cage. It’s like when you lift weights, your muscles actually only grow when you’re resting!

The next time you get frustrated during batting practice, here is what you should do.

Take a deep breathe, then take one good swing and end on that.

Trust that you’re a good hitter, and that when the time comes, you’ll be ready!

Sometimes believing in yourself  means DOING NOTHING! Sometimes you need to let go and just let it fly!!!

Good luck!