“The journey is the treasure.” – Lloyd Alexander
There is an old saying that hard work pays off. I believe that “smart” work pays off. Most young baseball players have visions of the Major Leagues dancing in their heads. That’s why you must know that every destination has a journey that requires direction.
Sign No. 1 – Get the reps the right way
Some hitters get thousands of reps in their backyard and in practice. Next thing you know, they start off the season on fire, only to cool off after a week. Enter confusion and doubt. Good hitters always are able to make an immediate adjustment when they make mistakes at the plate. When I refer to an adjustment, I mean doing something different to get a better outcome. So it isn’t limited to getting a hit after hitting a weak pop-up on the previous at-bat. In the Hitting Lab, I can immediately identify the cause of your problem and offer immediate troubleshooting drills. This can be done ONSITE and ONLINE.
Sign No. 2 – Hone your fundamentals
With enough physical training, anybody can develop a “good” swing that works against fastballs. But only functional swings work against all of the other pitches. The main reason you fail to adjust against breaking balls is because more than 90 percent of your time in the cage is devoted to hitting the fastball. Professional hitters such as Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward and Kyle Parker have benefited from Diamond Directors’ systematic approach of developing a swing that works. If your swing isn’t working as consistently as you’d like, it is time to get some help.
Sign No. 3 – Measure your success
How do you measure the success of a hitter? If it’s by your batting average and home runs, you aren’t giving yourself a fair opportunity to succeed at the plate. Baseball is indeed a game of numbers – statistics that determine how often you succeed and fail. I realize that getting a hit 30 percent of the time at the Major League level is the gold standard. That’s why I developed a process to get there. Fill in the blanks below, and then visit our Facebook page to see how you fared.
* If you have a ___ 100 percent of the time, you’ll get a hit 30 percent of the time.
* I you get ___ 90 percent of the time; you’ll get a hit 30 percent of the time.
* If you maintain a good ___ 70 percent of the time, you’ll get a hit 30 percent of the time.
* If you hit the ball ___ 50 percent of the time, you’ll get a hit 30 percent of the time.
There are skills that you must develop before you get a hit. If you don’t know those skills, I can educate you ONLINE or ONSITE. What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get improved. If you don’t know how to measure your success beyond a hit, you need make that adjustment today.
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 take your game to the next level, C.J Stewart has a proven track record of helping players reach their goals.