A good hitter is one who is multi-dimensional. This means he can change his
approach as the situation changes. If you've been around the game enough
you will know that the game situation can change every pitch. Therefore, each
pitch may require a hitter to make an adjustment. The mental part comes from
knowing when to make adjustments and what adjustments to make. The
physical part is actually being able to make these adjustments and still have a
|"YES, YES, ______!!!!"
This phrase should be going through your mind as you prepare to hit a pitch.
As you begin your trigger, begin to mentally state this phrase. The first two
YES's confirm that you are in an aggressive mode ready to hit a good pitch.
However, the pitch-type and location coupled with the situation at the time will
determine whether the third cue will be a YES or a NO.
Using this approach will help to conquer the habit of freezing up on good
pitches and possibly limit the number of called third strikes as well.
|Create a TUNNEL
Can you think of a hitter who never seems to amaze you on how good of an
"eye" he has? Ask yourself the following question, " Why do I swing at the
bad pitches and he doesn't? Well, it could be that you are not working from
the ground up and instead, jumping at the pitch. However, let's assume
that's not the case
Well, what's the answer? There is a good chance that your visual tunnel is
way too large. Next time you're take batting practice see if you can see the
shortstop or second baseman or even a fan along the outfield fence in plain
sight. If so, your visual tunnel is way too big !! You are allowing your eyes to
wander from place to place instead of locking them in. If anything, those
fielders and fan mentioned above should be out of your main scope of
vision and just a blur at the most.
Your visual tunnel should begin at the top of the pitcher's throwing shoulder
and continue to the hitting zone. Why the top of the throwing shoulder?
When the pitcher breaks his hands and separates, you will now see the
baseball above his throwing shoulder. This is the earliest possible time that
you will actually see the ball in the pitcher's hand. The next thing that
happens is his arm coming forward and releasing the pitch. It is impossible
to pick up the ball any earlier than that.