Baseball Hitting Tips: Eight Tips To Prevent A Hitting Slump
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D.
“My kid has a great swing in the cage. He is technically perfect. But when the season starts and he gets into a pressure situation, he chokes. I would like him to get off to a good start. What’s the best way to prevent a hitting slump?"
I get lots of calls this time of the year from parents, players and coaches who are fearful of dreaded hitting slumps and who want to learn what they can do to prevent the start of a confidence shattering hitting slump.
Here are a few tips:
- See yourself on video to be sure you are technically sound.
- Consult your regular coach or a new coach to make sure that your mechanics are in order. Make sur
- Hit against live pitching. Hitting against a machine is useful, but live pitching is better. Hitting against live pitching forces you to respond to different motions, different speeds, different deliveries and disguise.
- Practice what you are weak at often. If you are weak against lefties, spend more time hitting against left handed pitchers. If you are missing the fast ball work on making contact more often.
- Don’t over train and don’t under train. Find the right balance.
- Experiment with different bats and find one that allows you to be very comfortable.
- Learn meditation, self-hypnosis and visualization techniques. These methods can build your confidence, help you to relax, tune out distractions and improve your focus. Here is a link to a program that can help break and prevent slumps.
101 Ways To Break A Hitting Slump With Sport Psychology And Self-Hypnosis: