Why skills pay the bills

by Admin on January 17, 2018

Elite baseball competition offers lots of opportunities to perform under stress.

Skills pay the bills. What is a skill? Simply put, it’s something that you do well repeatedly without thought under stress. In my blogs, I continue to reinforce the importance that having the right skills play in your quest to be an elite hitter.

Here, we again visit the art of building skills:

How to convert a habit to a skill?
A habit is what you repeatedly do without thought. There are seven parts to the swing, and we know that it takes 3,000 reps to build a habit. That’s 21,000 reps to build a habit. You convert a habit to a skill by doing tough stuff under stress. It also takes 21,000 reps to convert a habit to a skill.

When should you convert a habit to a skill?
The best time to build a habit is during the winter training months (November-January). The best time to convert a habit to a skill is during the spring training months (February-April).

Why do you need a skill?
You need a skill in order to execute without thought under stress. Elite baseball competition offers lots of opportunities to perform under stress.

There are seven parts to the swing. Remember – it takes 3,000 reps to build a habit. That’s another 21,000 reps to convert a habit to a skill. The parts of the swing include:

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

Here’s one of my favorite Skill Build Drill, because it allows you to develop all seven parts each rep.

Do this Skill Build Drill for 100 reps for the next 30 days, which equals 3,000 reps.

For more information, visit www.diamonddirectors.com today. Also, check out our Digital Magazine, Changing the Game.

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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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