Hitters Need a RoutineJun 22, 2023
Hitters Need a Routine
I've observed that the best players in baseball have one thing in common:
They each have a routine.
Having a routine is incredibly important, and here's why:
Let me begin with an example that isn't even baseball related.
Whenever I go to the gym, I always follow a specific routine.
I have a program printed on a sheet of paper, and I simply glance at it to know which exercises to do.
It keeps me focused and eliminates the need to think about what to do next.
However, when I deviate from my routine, I find myself using the foam roller as a pillow while mindlessly scrolling through Twitter for an hour.
It never turns out well.
This happens when I forget my workout sheet or convince myself I can remember the exercises.
The truth is not following my routine rarely leads to a productive workout.
Our brains aren't wired to push us to be optimal; their primary function is survival.
Routines force us to do things even when we don't feel like doing them or don't know what to do.
They provide structure and help us stay on track.
Some hitters swear by using a tee as part of their routine.
Regardless of the stadium they're in, or how they feel, they incorporate tee work into their hitting routine.
It's a consistent element for them.
Batting Glove Routine:
In next week's podcast episode, we have Brian Cain as our guest.
He shared an interesting routine he uses with the hitters he works with.
He advises them to get two pairs of batting gloves, each in a different color:
- 1 white pair
- 1 black pair
During practice in the batting cage, they use one color while working on their swing.
They switch to the other color when they step up to bat in a game.
This routine allows hitters to enter a different mindset without overthinking.
One color is for working on their swing, while the other color is for competition.
By following this routine, they can perform without unnecessary mental distractions.
I hope I've effectively conveyed the importance of having a routine. It truly is crucial.
Now, let's discuss how we can help players find a routine.
First, remember that some routine is better than no routine at all.
The mind is filled with thousands of thoughts we can't always control.
To help players establish a routine, start by asking a few questions:
- What are their strengths?
- What areas do they struggle with?
- What kind of personality do they have?
For players who need to relax before a game, suggest activities like:
- Breathing exercises
On the other hand, some players thrive by listening to music, dancing, and having fun.
There's no right or wrong way to create a routine.
Understanding each player's personality is essential.
Based on their individual characteristics, you can provide them with ideas to try out.
Being a hitting coach is similar to being a chef; you must be creative because what one player likes may not work for another.
Finding a routine that players can follow anywhere is crucial.
As time goes on, you can help them make minor adjustments to their routine, but they should stick with one routine for a period of time to establish consistency.
Having a hitting routine is paramount for success in baseball. It provides structure, eliminates mental distractions, and allows players to perform at their best.
By understanding each player's personality and strengths, we can help them develop a routine that suits their needs.
Remember, some routine is better than none at all.
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