Hitting Mind Games to Overcome Hitters battle different mind games that make hitting more difficult. Issues like a lack of confidence, bad hitting mechanics, a lack of knowledge of the strike zone, and pressure all play games on players' minds. Another aspect of the hitting thought process, although rarely considered, is some common hitting assumptions that batters make that lead to bad at-bats. I wish I had a buck for every time I assumed things that did not happen, when batting, and I fell for these common hitting mind games. Making assumptions as a baseball batter often leads to outs, and players must be careful of falling for these baseball mind games. As a hitting coach, and from my experience listening to my hitting coaches, the statements "Don't think up at the plate," or "Don't think so much, when hitting," are common, but easier said than followed. Those statements refer to the thinking that goes on in players' heads, as they try to figure out how to hit the ball squarely and consistently, from pitch to pitch. Of course, completely clearing the mind is not good between pitches, as players should draw on their hitting experience to help them deduce what pitch is coming and what pitch they should look for. A small amount of thinking is good. Having an educated guess as to what pitch and pitch location is coming helps batters. Good hitters anticipate pitches; at least before having two strikes on them, and are confident enough to lay off pitches they are not ready for hitting. Therein lies the problem, though assuming certain things that are likely, get hitters in trouble and they must be careful of those assumptions. Mind Games - Most common hitting assumptions that May be Trouble
Of course, hitting become more difficult as players move up in levels because pitchers have a wider assortment of speeds and pitches. The solution to these mind games lies with good hitting mechanics so players learn to wait longer and having more confidence, so they are not falling for the above assumptions. Hitters, who are willing to trust what they see and not what they assume, are the best hitters.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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