Wednesday, October 14, 2009
An important lesson I learned a few years ago, but haven't put into effect until now, is to write down notes about your swing when things are going well for you. We all have those times during a season when everything goes the way you want it to. The baseball looks like a beach ball, and no matter what you do, you just seem to find a way to put a good swing on it. The problem is there have also been times when it looks like your trying to hit skittles, and although they may taste good, they're damn hard to hit. What I would advise doing is taking a notebook and writing down some of the things that you are feeling when you are hitting well or are "in the zone." You want to write down some of the things you are thinking about, or the game plan that you are taking to the plate. One of my main thoughts over the past few weeks has been to hit the ball hard, on a line, back up the middle. I get in trouble when I start to think too much about pulling the ball. By writing this down I can periodically look over my notes and make sure I keep that good mindset constant. Some other thoughts you might write down are, "see the ball deep," or "quick hands." You don't want lots of thoughts going through your head when your hitting, but sometimes a simple phrase like these can help put you in a positive and simple mindset. You also want to write about how you felt physically. What did your body feel like? How was your stance feeling? Sometimes my stance will change from week to week without me even noticing. If I were to take notes on how I feel in my stance right now I would say that I have my hands very relaxed. I feel like I am barely holding onto the bat. My elbows are soft and relaxed and my hands are back. I am starting my weight slightly on my front foot before transferring my weight slowly to my back side. Now if in a few days or weeks from now I just don't feel right at the plate I can go back and use my notes like a checklist to see what has changed and what hasn't. It is a good way to keep track of yourself, especially during a long season. Try it out and let me know how it works.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 11:13 PM