Studying the Pitcher – 5 ACTIONABLE Tips You Can Implement Today

I get questions all the time from players who are looking for little tips and tricks to improve their game. It’s great to see players of all ages who want to improve, but some guys think that there’s a magic pill or potion out there that’s going to help you hit .450.

That’s not how it works.

The recipe for success in baseball is simple: hard work and plenty of repetitions, but there’s a catch! You need to practice and take reps at the correct fundamentals, otherwise you’re just wasting your time.

One of these fundamentals, In my eyes, is studying the pitcher and working on your mental game. I see so many players who are more concerned with the way their swing looks rather than the results it gets them on the field! This is just absolutely backwards! If baseball is more than 80% mental, then why do we spend less than 20% of the time on it!?

In the video below, I share with you 5+ actionable tips that you can use right now (today!) to implement in your baseball game and see growth and success.

Studying the pitcher is very important and it can help you drastically when it’s your turn to hit. Stop screwing around in the dugout. Watch your teammates at-bats. Learn what pitches he throws. Just because he can’t get his curveball over the plate early in the game doesn’t mean he won’t find it later in the game!

Watch this:

 

Muscle Gain is 90% Mental!

I’ve been reading a lot about muscle and strength lately and one of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that muscle gain is 90% mental!

Although it plays a big role, building muscle and strength is not all about lifting the actual weight and going to the gym as often as you can. I feel like sometimes the mental side of things gets lost in the mist of all the articles, videos, and tips on muscle building. So many coaches and trainers talk about how much to eat, what to eat, how much to sleep, when to workout, what supplements work and don’t work, what workouts get the best results.. the list goes on and on.

If you’re at a plateau right now or you’ve ever experienced one, you know that in order to break out of that plateau a change must be made. Thinking back at my personal experience, I almost always break out of these funks by adjusting my mental game! Whether it be in baseball where I am in a slump and I can’t get a hit to save my life or it it’s in working out when I simply can’t add another pound to save my life.. THE FIRST THING I DO IS MAKE A CHANGE MENTALLY.

Think about these questions:

What is my goal?

How strong (or good) do I want to be?

How much energy (or success) do I want to have?

How hard am I working to achieve my goals right now? (Be brutally honest!)

What change can I make in order to start improving?

If you ask yourself these questions, it becomes almost blatantly obvious what you have to do in order to achieve success and exactly how to do it. Most of the time when I’m not hitting, I find out that I am not working as hard as I should be at practice or OUTSIDE of practice and I’m not focused at the plate.

Everything becomes crystal clear once you ask yourself these simple questions. It is vitally important that you are honest with yourself however. It’s like looking into the mirror and asking yourself, “Did I win the day?” If you start setting goals and if you ask yourself these questions at the end of each week or even at the end of each day, you’ll quickly notice if you’re doing what it takes to achieve your goals.

A quick note on goals:

Remember, a goal NOT written down is just a dream.

Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.

S. Specific

M. Measurable

A. Attainable

R. Relevant/Realistic

T. Time Bound

Muscle gain is 90% mental! Think about what you want to do, how’re you going to do it, the steps it takes to achieve it, why you want to do it, etc. and constantly ask yourself if you’re doing what it takes to get there.

If you didn’t guess it, in the next article I’ll be talking about goals!

How Reading Can Effect Your Baseball Game

I’ll admit it.. in the past I have not been incredibly fond of reading. I am a very visual person and I would much rather sit down and watch a movie or a few YouTube videos to learn something rather than read about it. However, over the past few weeks, I have really started to enjoy reading more. Going at your own pace and being able to quickly re-read something is definitely a plus. I can directly apply theories and methods to my own life with my own visuals.

 

With iPhones, iPads, and other tablet devices, downloading and reading books is a breeze. I can take hundreds of books with me wherever I go without the hassle of lugging around a physical product. Instead of paying $10-$25 bucks on an actual book, I can spend 99 cents and get a digital copy, otherwise known as an eBook.

 

Technology is booming and this bandwagon is something to consider jumping on. Learn as much as you can and absorb as much information as possible.. it will help you in whatever endeavors you choose in life.

Here is a short video where I go more in depth about “good reads.”

How Reading Can Effect Your Baseball Game

I’ll admit it.. in the past I have not been incredibly fond of reading. I am a very visual person and I would much rather sit down and watch a movie or a few YouTube videos to learn something rather than read about it. However, over the past few weeks, I have really started to enjoy reading more. Going at your own pace and being able to quickly re-read something is definitely a plus. I can directly apply theories and methods to my own life with my own visuals.

 

With iPhones, iPads, and other tablet devices, downloading and reading books is a breeze. I can take hundreds of books with me wherever I go without the hassle of lugging around a physical product. Instead of paying $10-$25 bucks on an actual book, I can spend 99 cents and get a digital copy, otherwise known as an eBook.

 

Technology is booming and this bandwagon is something to consider jumping on. Learn as much as you can and absorb as much information as possible.. it will help you in whatever endeavors you choose in life.

Here is a short video where I go more in depth about “good reads.”