Successful Hitters Always Have a Plan!
Here are some thoughts on above topic from a buddy of mine. The guy’s name is Steve Springer.
“If baseball is 90% mental, why do we work on it less than 10% of time?” "You cannot control getting a hit, but you can control hitting ball hard!"
Who Is This Guy? Springer isn’t just another “dry jock” (a not-so-flattering term given to many broadcasters who never played game).
No, this guy logged over 7,000 pro AB’s with 11 years in AAA ball alone! He is now a very successful agent for some future Big League Impact Players!
Ok, Lets Get To The Point! Spring also said, and I paraphrase, “The majority of hitters think fastball, curve, slider, change-up on 0-0 counts.”
In My Opinion…This Is Plain Crazy! Maybe some younger athletes can get by on raw ability with this mindset, but sooner than later game eliminates us all. Some of biggest reasons are that they can no longer hit quality pitching in their age group.
NOTE: For more information on this last statement, you may want to read an article I wrote on topic entitled, “The Game Eliminates Us All.”
Personally, I think much of this is avoidable…it just takes having a plan! Spring went on to say that “when you are facing Dwight Gooden in his prime, you saw 95 mph followed by hammer (the curveball), YOU BETTER PICK ONE BECAUSE YOU AREN’T ADJUSTING TO ANYTHING! … Doesn’t this make sense?
Ok, Lets Get To Some Real Solutions! We Must Have A Simplified Plan! Ok, how?
Well for starters, Watch The Pitcher! He's going to show you and tell you what you are going to get…if you will really watch him!
It’s not about what you want! (which at best is about only plan most youth hitters seem to have.)
It’s about what am I going to get! And how do you know if you don’t watch game?
From dugout, when pitcher warms up, whenever and wherever you can! The pitcher is going to tell you what you are going to get. They live on patterns. Pitchers like to be comfortable and hate it when they are not!
Now, your job is what Ted Williams (perhaps greatest hitting coach of all time) says is of greatest importance...FIND A PITCH TO HIT!
And How Do You Find A Pitch To Hit? You Watch The Game!
HERE’S THE PLAN! 1- Consider that pitchers are taught to get ahead. This means strike one is their aim. What is number one pitch that a batter is likely to see 0-0? Yep, a fastball. In much of youth baseball, chances are that if it is a strike, it will pierce fat of plate.
You walk into box looking to drive this pitch...swinging hard but controlled! If you can’t drive it and hit it hard somewhere, you will leave it! …They give you three strikes anyway, right?