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5 Simple Things Great Hitters Do
Ever wonder how to be great? We all say we want to, but how do we become great at a particular thing. For softball, a lot of it is practice and mental training. Preparation is key and trusting in that preparation is an even bigger key. Here are the 5 Things I know the best hitters do to become the very best.
Become great. Become the best. Swing the bat!
1. Swing the bat
Muscle memory is no joke. When you are at the plate and you are swinging your bat, the bat is really just an extension of your body. Swinging the bat often enough that it feels like one with your body will make you as a hitter more comfortable at the plate and it will make your swing more consistent, smooth, and natural.
2. Think about hitting
Successful hitters don’t think about swinging and missing. They don’t think about dropping their hands or grounding into a double play. They simply think about being successful. Much of your success as a batter is based on your mental game, and visualizing the speed, rhythm, and timing of the pitch is all a part of it. Great hitters BELIEVE they are great hitters.
Think it. Do it.
3. Perfect your swing
Okay, your swing will never be perfect. As mentioned in my about me, I am a huge advocate that all hitters can always use improvement in some area. Great hitters analyze their swing. They break it down, watch it in slow motion, and explore every aspect of their swing until they find one little something to critique and work on. Great hitters never settle for anything less than perfect.
4. Train your body
Great hitters work on building their muscles. So, great hitters lift weights. And then they go hit some more. And then they lift. And then hit, then lift, hit, lift, hit… you get the idea. By building your body strength, the bat becomes lighter and easier to handle essentially making a more confident hitter.
Become perfect. Then become better than perfect.
5. Have a plan
Last but not least, great hitters have a plan. If you know the pitcher uses her rise ball to get ahead and get you off balance, look down in the zone. Anything high, don’t swing. If you know that you are down by one run and all you need to do is score this base runner, have the mentality of “find a way to score this runner.” Don’t over think your at bat. Overall, a great hitters mentality every time she steps up to the plate should be “I am going to WIN this at bat and I am going to crush this ball.”