Making good habits part of your hitting regimen

by Admin on December 6, 2017

The 11th Annual L.E.A.D. Celebrity Clinic at SunTrust Park featured (far left) Milwaukee Brewers’ scout Steve Smith, (middle) C.J. Stewart, UGA head baseball coach Scott Stricklin and UGA Assistant Coach Sean Kenny, along with some L.E.A.D. Ambassadors.

A habit is something that can be done repeatedly without thought. A habit can be broken down into three parts:

  1. A cue
  2. A routine
  3. A reward

Common reasons that hitters struggle to develop good hitting habits is as easy as solving A, B, C and D:

  • Attitude
  • Blameless
  • Commitment
  • Discipline

Our attitude is simply the way we act. Nobody is perfect, so nobody will ever be able to act good all the time. Awareness allows you to check yourself when you’re having a bad attitude so that you can make the adjustment.

Without a good attitude, developing good hitting habits that will last is likened to trying to drive a car without gas.

To be blameless is to be without guilt. Fortunately for baseball players, you only need to get a hit three times out of 10 at the collegiate and professional levels to be considered among the best. There are lots of mistakes to be made and learned from as a hitter in baseball.

The blameless hitters are the ones who struggle the most to develop good hitting habits because they are often blaming others and circumstances for their failure.

Commitment is a promise that you make to yourself. There are seven parts to the swing and it takes 3,000 reps to build a habit. That’s 21,000 reps:

  1. Stance/Load
  2. Timing
  3. Tempo
  4. Tracking
  5. Approach
  6. Contact
  7. Extension/Finish

To be disciplined is to do things you don’t want to, but need to do. It takes a lot of discipline to develop hitting habits. It also takes discipline to complain and blame when things aren’t going our way.

How do we combat these in order to develop good hitting habits? Using E, F, G, and H:

  • Energy – it’s more valuable than time
  • Focus – deliberate and unwavering attention to the task at hand
  • Grit – the relentless pursuit of purpose
  • Help – you can never get enough of it from the right people who are present for the right reasons

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, CJ has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.

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