There is a new word to define hard work these days, and it is the number 3,000.
You’ve heard the cliché “Hard work pays off” so many times that it makes you cringe when you hear it. But it no longer has any impact because it is only half true. The truth is that the world is full of people who work hard and don’t achieve their goals.
If you want to have a great spring and summer season, focus on the load and timing phases of your swing. Building a sustainable habit requires 3,000 quality reps – period.
Here is a simple drill for the load and timing:
- Lay your bat on the ground
- Align your back foot with the knob of the bat, and your front foot one-inch shorter than the barrel end of your bat
- Trigger your hands back followed by a one-inch stride to the barrel end of your bat with rhythm
Perform this drill 3,000 times by the end of January.
Timing is about getting into a proper loaded position on time to track the pitch and complete the remaining parts of the swing. Timing is based off of a pitcher’ fastball, which can be categorized as above average, average and below average (see diagram).
- Have the pitcher complete his delivery (full and/or half) without throwing a ball
- Get in a loaded position on time based on an above average fastball when the pitcher separates his hands from his glove and is at 0 degrees.
- Get in a loaded position on time based on an average fastball when the pitchers separates his hands from his glove and is at 90 degrees.
- Get in a loaded position on time based on a below average fastball when the pitchers separates his hands from his glove and is at 180 degrees.
Perform this drill for 1,000 reps for each pitcher by the end of January.
Remember: Good hitters don’t work hard; they work smart.
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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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