With February in full swing, so to speak, it’s time to convert your swing habits into a skill you can use to compete during a game. In November, your swing was assessed, which means you were able to create your off-season training goals. During December and January, you remained focused on building your swing.
Now it’s showtime.
Is it safe to assume your coaches expect you to execute as a hitter. That isn’t limited to just getting a hit every time you come up. In order to stay in the line up, your coach must trust you can execute.
Most coaches say trust plays a vital role when they put the line up together. How do you earn your coach’s trust as a hitter? There are three ways to do this.
1. Work Ethic
You must prove you can work hard. One-on-one time in our Hitting Lab is reserved for learning “new” things. One of the main reasons a hitter can’t learn “new” things to make him better is because he doesn’t know how to practice. From the amateur to the professional level, we effectively teach our hitters how to practice in our 3K Swing Club.
After developing sound habits in 3K, you can showcase a sound work ethic in front of your coach, which, in turn, develops trust. You’ll also be primed to learn new things from your coach, too. He’ll be more patient and trusting, even through your failures, if he knows you’re maximizing your practice time with him.
2. Repeat Your Swing
You must prove you can repeat your swing. Now that you have marinated the steak, it’s time to put it on the grill. What good is a good swing if you can’t repeat it? In order for your coach to trust you as a hitter, you must be able to repeat a good swing accordingly:
* 70% as a MLB player
* 60% as a minor leaguer/college prospect
* 50% as a college/high school prospect
* 40% travel ball prospect
(Note: This is out of 100 swings in a game.)
Our 90-minute Diamond Skill Build classes take your swing to the next level by giving you what you need, when you need it. It answers the “What’s Next?” after training in our 3K Classes. We build swings to be repetitive in our 3K Classes, but we make them game functional in the Skill Build classes. Click here to schedule your Diamond Skill Build Class today. This month’s menu includes:
Session 1: Hitting inside pitches
Session 2: Hitting off-speed pitches
Session 3: Pitch selection
Session 4: Hitting for power
After the Skill Build Classes, you’ll not only be ready to compete, but your coach will trust you.
3. Make the Adjustments
You must prove you can make quick adjustments. Some hitters start the season really hot, and then drop off weeks at a time. Oftentimes, the hot streak was based on luck instead of a skilled swing. Learn how to make adjustments in order to make adjustments. You can’t hit enough baseballs off the tee in the backyard to figure that out. If showing your coach he can trust you to make quick adjustments is important to you, I’d suggest you work your way through our training process, and then sign up for our Skill Build classes.
If you can’t get ONSITE to Diamond Directors to build a trusted swing, we can make it happen just as efficiently virtually with our Online Hitting Lab.
Remember: Good hitters don’t work hard; they work smart.
For more information, visit www.diamonddirectors.com today.
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.