Baseball Tips On Hitting--How To Deal With Batting Slumps!
Let's try to make it easier to get through these rough times that all baseball hitters go through. If ever a baseball player needs his coach's support, this is the time. Baseball hitting slumps sometimes start because of a mechanical flaw in your swing and then mentally, they can be an extremely difficult thing for a player to have to go through. Let's look at the mental aspect.
Let's keep batting slumps in perspective. Don't ever lose sight of the fact that everybody goes into a slump now and then! You have to try your best to accept batting slumps as a part of the game, just as home runs, shutouts, stolen bases, triples, etc. A slump does not mean that all of a sudden you have forgotten how to hit. If you're in a slump but hitting the ball well and it's just not dropping in for you, try not to let it bother you. Baseball hitting quite often runs in streaks and possibly tomorrow you may hit three bloops that drop in for you as hits.
Some Helpful Tips and Notes About Dealing With Batting Slumps:
1. Don't tense up and try your best to avoid the common problem of pressing. If you press, it will only get worse and not better. Promise yourself you will not let the hitting slump have too much of a negative impact on you and you will not carry the hitting slump out to the field with you when the other team is up. Remember that even if the hitting aspect of your game is not going well, you can still contribute in many other ways and help your team with your glove and your throwing arm. Isn't a great play in the field that saves your team two runs as valuable as a hit by a team member that knocks in two runs? To me they are the same.
2. Slumps are even tougher on younger players because they don't have past hitting successes to fall back on for reassurance. In other words, if a hitter has been extremely successful for five years, a 1 for 12 will not bother him that much. On the other hand, if a player has only played for a year or two, he may think that the 1 for 12 is possibly a true indication of his hitting. And I hope it's not.
3. If you are into baseball coaching, remind the player how you are not overly concerned because you already know how well he can hit. Just a little comment like that can help your player tremendously. Showing your player that you aren't overly concerned may rub off on him and help him to relax. Your player desperately needs you to be very supportive during this very difficult time period.
4. As a player, one of the best baseball tips on hitting when you are in a slump is to remind yourself that anybody who has ever played the game for an extended period of time has been in a slump. Once you get through this difficult period, it will then be somebody else's turn. Nobody escapes batting slumps, not even the outstanding hitters. You will get back on track. Relax and don't be too rough on yourself!