USE MENTAL TOUGHNESS TO GET OUT OF A BATTING SLUMP

Use Mental Toughness to get out of a batting slump!!!

One year I started the season 0 for 19.  Was I going too fast for you?  Okay, let me say it again slower:  0 for 19!  A  “zero” and then a “one” with a “nine” next to it.   Nineteen at bats.  Zero hits.  Ouch!!!

How can you FIX or “get out” of a batting slump? 

Most well-intentioned coaches will address the problem with a thousand suggestions related to MECHANICAL issues; in other words: they will try to “FIX” your swing.

Well intentioned, si!!!  Effective, no!!!

If you have hit well in the past with your present mechanics then you CAN and WILL hit again… with the SAME mechanics.  A tweak maybe but not major surgery.

You don’t need to GET OUT OF your hitting mechanics.  You need to GET OUT OF your SLUMP.

You need to get INTO your own head.

So … what about your MENTAL game?

Do you even HAVE a mental game?  I teach mental toughness and peak performance.  What separates the players; especially in pressure situations like slumps  is a player’s mental game; his/her mental toughness.

ESPECIALLY at the UPPER levels where EVERYBODY is a VERY good player MENTAL TOUGHNESS is what makes the difference.

Aren’t you tired of “dreading” your at bats?  Aren’t  you tired of being AFRAID to go to the plate?  Aren’t you tired of constantly being “moved DOWN” in the batting ord

Mental toughness program is the device which is going to get you from POINT A where you are in a slump; tense, impatient, anxious, anticipating bad results to POINT B where you are performing at your best and crushing the ball.  I have a major league level mental toughness approach for all issues at the plate.  Call me and together we will get you where you want to be.

Call me for a free consultation.  Let’s attack it together.

CALL NOW!

There is a lot of “noise” banging around in your head but there are solutions.

First off; let’s face it … baseball is the hardest sport to play or perform consistently at a high level and that’s JUST  the physical skills involved.  Mentally?  Nothing comes CLOSE to baseball for requiring mental toughness.  Here’s why …

(see above)  Baseball is hard to play.

Baseball ISOLATES your performance.  You are all ALONE out there and EVERYBODY SEES YOU when you boot the ground ball, walk in the “go ahead” run, strike out with the bases loaded, etc., etc., etc.  Think Billy Buckner.  If you don’t know who that is … ask a Red Sox fan.

It is embarrassing; PAINFULLY embarrassing; especially in an important game or situation.   You feel as if there is a gigantic SPOTLIGHT beaming down on you.  (In your head you imagine that) EVERYBODY is pointing or laughing; calling you names, shaking their heads, maybe even booing.

 

 

When you fail to get a hit … AGAIN!!! you hang your head and shuffle to a corner of the  dugout, curl up in a fetal position with your lower lip quivering or … you scream and curse and throw your glove, helmet, bat (whatever you can get your hands on) and give your best imitation of a crazy person.

You look like an idiot but maybe your teammates and parents and the coach will forgive you because at least you sure LOOK LIKE you care.

 

You let down your team; your coach, your parents, your family.

Did I mention the family dog?

I worked with one young player who  would walk back to the dugout, sit down with his head down and not move.  The coach had to take him out of the lineup.  His parents used the term; “froze”.  He froze.

Maybe the most difficult part of  baseball is that it deprives you of any IMMEDIATE opportunity to “redeem” yourself.  When you make any of the above mentioned mistakes it may be minutes, hours, days, weeks, etc. before you get another “at bat” or another “pitch” or “ground ball” or … whatever … and a CHANCE to shine or “fix” the problem and redeem yourself; not only for yourself … and your own mental state but for your teammates and everyone watching you play.

In a nutshell, when you make a mistake RATHER than making an adjustment (which is what you SHOULD do), you begin to see or PERCEIVE and even LABEL yourself as a FAILURE.  Worse, you begin to carry that feeling/perception with you … like a backpack with a thousand pound gorilla sitting in it.  You carry it with you all the way to the “next” at bat or ground/fly ball, pitch, etc.

 It becomes a “cycle”; round and round and when this goes on for an extended period of time, it can get into your head and gain “permanence”. 

Instead of just being something you DID; i.e. FAILED to get a hit …

… it becomes who you ARE!!!

… a FAILURE!!!

LOOOOOOOSER!!!

 

I not only fixed this for myself but have worked with dozens of hitters on this issue.

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Let’s look at some MENTAL TOUGHNESS solutions.

ACCEPT the fact that hitting is difficult.

Great hitters FAIL seven out of ten times … in the big leagues.  You’re not SUPPOSED to be successful every time.

ACCEPT the fact that baseball isolates your performance.

Learn to say “so what”?  So what … even if you make a mistake.

I was at a game wherein MIKE TROUT (good enough for you?) was in a slump and a slump with a LOT of strikeouts.  He hit a horribly weak ground ball back to the pitcher and pumped his fist as he was called “out” at first base.

“All right,” he grinned as he trotted back to the dugout.  “Contact … at LAST!!!”

MIKE TROUT boys and girls.  Mike Trout.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager (and former star big league player himself): CLINT HURDLE is fond of saying that, “There are two kinds of players in baseball; those who have been humbled and those who are about to be humbled.”

You know who the ENEMY in baseball is?  (Clue:  It’s not the other team or another player).

It’s the BALL.  That little round white thing with the red stitching makes a fool out of everybody … sooner or later so don’t get mad at yourself …

… get mad at the ball and HIT it!!!

Baseball deprives you of any IMMEDIATE opportunity to “redeem” yourself or “fix” your mistake.  Okay, NOT immediate BUT … you WILL get an opportunity.  It is strictly a “timing” issue.  The exact same thing happens in other sports; only the “time frame” is different.  Basketball and football have “clocks” which dictate the rhythm of the play.  In basketball you shoot and miss.  You run down the court, play defense  and then come back and shoot again.  There’s not enough time to “think”, is there?  Not enough time for negative thought.

So when you’re playing baseball … “Don’t think.”

I recall listening to an interview with a pitcher, “What if (so and so player) gets a big hit off you?” the reporter asked.

The pitcher shrugged his shoulders,  “I don’t think about it.

The ultimate solution is to realize that (until you quit playing the game): there’s always going to be ANOTHER ball; another at bat, another ground/fly ball, another pitch, another GAME and whatever happened in the past even if you go  0 for 1000 it still is not THIS at bat.

Keep in mind that in reality there are NO FAILURES; only MISTAKES.  Mistakes are temporary.  They are valuable because they give us the INFORMATION in order to make adjustments and get better.

So … learn and make adjustments.

Change your goals.  Don’t go to the plate with the goal (worse; the DEMAND on yourself) to “get a hit”.

That’s impossible.  Literally impossible.

What IS possible is to …  A.  Be Prepared … to see the ball and put your best swing on it.  B.  Have a Plan (for success) to …  C.  Help your Team Win and start with just … (D.  Make contact.  Put the ball somewhere between the white lines and make the defense work.

Have fun with the process; with the challenge and stop sweating it. 

It’s fun to get better at stuff and not the the hitting but  ESPECIALLY includes your mental toughness game.  Have fun with being better at mental toughnessl  Nobody ever went to jail for a batting slump and the cold hard truth is that no matter how poor your performance it has NOTHING TO DO with what you can do on the NEXT pitch.

Are you ready?  Here it comes.

The process works when you work the process.

“As a player … a coach … or parent, if you or someone you know is  struggling with a performance issue that just isn’t responding to instruction and hard work, then call me now and let’s fix it.   The tip I gave you in this article is just the start.  Are you sick and tired of competing with EITHER a PHYSICAL or MECHANICAL ISSUE that is impacting your performance OR the twin gorillas of  FEAR and DOUBT riding on your back.  Are you ready to be done with it once and for all?  I’ve got a systematic process that takes care of any interference you have to your ultimate performance potential. You have seen short bursts of that potential and now you want to see it show up consistently!  I can help make you feel and perform great.   Call me or email me right now while you’re thinking of it!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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