Baseball Magazine

Just “tie Your Shoes”

By Meachrm @BaseballBTYard
Just “tie your shoes”

“Tie your shoes”

This is the last post in a series of recent posts on the importance of creating a routine as a hitter.  The previous posts on the subject are linked here:

Today’s post gives a couple tips for hitters so that they can avoid letting their mind get in the way of their performance at the plate.  

Tip #1.  Do something physical.  Players who have a very loud (and often negative) inner voice often have trouble turning it off when they need to perform.  One trick that can help is to do a physical routine before each pitch.  The reason why it works is because the brain has trouble focusing on more than one thing at a time.  If your mind is killing you internally, force it to focus on something external like tapping your spikes, adjusting your batting gloves, and/or a practice swing or two.  Create a consistent physical routine after each pitch and your mind has less chance to roam into the negative.  It’s too busy focusing on the physical habits you are doing.

Tip #2.  Come up with a slogan or mantra that calms the mind.  An example is “tie your shoes.” When you tie your shoes, you don’t even think about it.  You’ve done it so many times that you could tie your shoes without even looking at your laces.  As you learned in the post on muscle memory, a task like tying your shoes is stored in a part of the brain that allows you to do the procedure without any mental effort.  Saying “tie your shoes” (or something like it) to yourself as you enter the box reminds your mind to quiet down and just let the procedural part of the brain to take over.  The part of the brain that can tie your shoes without you thinking about it is the same part of the brain that knows how to swing the bat.  Calm the mind and let it do what it knows how to do.

Both of these tips need to be personalized by each hitter.  Experimentation is needed to find what combination of physical actions and mantra works best.  Do so and you can go a long way in getting your mind to work for you instead of against you.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • “This Diet Has Been Nothing Short of Life Changing for Me and My Family”

    Tyler has been able to truly turn his life around with a low-carb diet. Here's how he massively increased his energy levels and lost 100 lbs (45 kg) in only... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Dietdoctor
  • New Keto Meal Plan

    Our popular low-carb meal-plan tool gives you everything you need to succeed on low carb. Meal plans, recipes and shopping lists - no planning required! Adjust... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Dietdoctor
  • Vegan Rocket Pesto Pasta!

    Vegan Rocket Pesto Pasta!

    I harvested a lot of wild rocket in our garden hey, what to do with it? I knew that I made a previous non-vegan rocket pesto that was so delicious. Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Sophies Foodie
  • Party Saturday

    According to the calendar, summer started this past week. According to Tajikistan, summer started last month. And so by now, a month into summer, it is hot. Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Sherwoods
  • Sunday Bliss Is..

    Sunday Bliss Is..

    ..baking these adorable red berry and almond blondies in this understated sunlit kitchen. Join the Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Myparadissi
  • 5 Reasons NOT To Start With A Non-Profit Business

    Reasons Start With Non-Profit Business

    A common misconception I often hear in the startup world is that non-profits are easy and safe, since they don’t have to pay taxes, and they don’t have to make ... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Martin Zwilling
  • A Day at the Marvellous West Woodhay Gardeners' Fair

    Marvellous West Woodhay Gardeners' Fair

    I received an invitation the other day to go to the West Woodhay Gardeners' Fair; a quick check on the map and I thought it would make a nice day trip. I happil... Read more

    The 25 June 2017 by   Ozhene