Failing seven out of ten times is still considered a great success in baseball for a hitter. It’s truly a humbling sport. So when hitters get into a hitting slump it will feel like they’re constantly failing. It takes a toll on the player’s mentality which only causes them to continue their slump. It was Yogi Berra who said, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical” (He was a much better hitter than mathematician).
Coming up to the plate with a great swing is not enough. Hitters need to be mentally prepared in the batter’s box. If they’re in their head they’re not focused on the game. Physical solutions are sometimes easier to identify, especially with the help of SwingTracker. That’s why we’ve provided a few tips for busting out a hitting slump.
Be Patient. Wait for your pitch. You’re not going to get out of your slump by hacking away at anything. Being picky early in the count may give you an edge and force the pitcher to throw the pitches you want.
Practice Your Swing. Getting a feel of solid contact will help you mentally prepare for game time. Take lots of batting practice and make minor tweaks to areas that need improvement. Using SwingTracker will help you see your swing and motion data together in the 3D viewer and video mode.
Visualize Yourself Hitting The Ball. Studies have shown that visualization is an effective mental practice that carries over to success at the plate. Visualization will help you regain the confidence you once had and remind you what it’s like to put the bat on the ball. Use visualization when you’re on deck or in the hole to be properly prepared and confident when you step up to the plate.
Getting out of a slump puts an unnecessary amount of pressure on the hitter. When you step into the box, simply take it one pitch at a time. Go back to the basics and visualize yourself hitting the ball. Diamond Kinetics is providing players of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to better their swing by using quantifiable information in the swing analysis process. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our latest updates and sound off in the comments section below and let us know what you do to get out of hitting slump.