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Ask any great hitter and they will tell you that hitting is confidence and
visualization. These are simple terms that have a lot of merit, and it seems to
separate the great hitters from everyone else.
If you are in the process
of learning how to hit and your above the age of 12 years old you better learn
how to think bigger. The problem is, hitters are not trained that way most of
the time. If we were to climb in the mind of the average hitter, they probably
would be thinking that they 'don't want to strike out', 'just want to make
contact', or thinking about 'just hitting a single.' This is a very defensive,
careful way of thinking and it limits the chances of getting a hit. This is the
mind of the .250 hitter who has the occasional extra base hit. Many hitters who
are even trained to think like this, continually try to battle within these
three thought forms.
Now it would not be realistic for hitters to think
they are going to hit a home run every time up. For most, this is fantasy and
the brain cannot wrap its mind around these type of thoughts. Hitters who think
this way are setting themselves up for disappointment unless they are Barry
Bonds- like and can really wrap their minds around it.
The really good
hitters who hit for high average and have good power numbers think more about
doubles and gap shots in their mind. It is realistic for them to think like this
and they know if they put a good sound swing on the ball, the line drive is
going to carry into some good spots in the outfield. This type of middle ground
thinking is actually realistic higher ground thinking that is not normal. These
types of thinking hitters get more base hits, doubles, and home runs more than
any other type of thinking hitters.
If for some reason you are not
getting trained to think double, double, double... (Unless your a lead-off type
hitter) then the skills you are learning physically and mentally are probably
not the top of the line.
Think about this and know that you sometimes
are only as good as you, your coaches, and your teammates think you are. If this
is the case, it is time to change your line of thinking and maybe start hanging
out with players, trainers, and coaches that think at the level of the good
"double, double, double" hitter.