Here’s a cool video covering one of my favorite topics: The Mental Game.  The video features baseball players, but you can run it exactly the same way with your softball players. In fact, I find that female softball players are BETTER at using mental hitting techniques because of their increased ability to block out distractions and stay focused under pressure.

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A few coaching tips to remember:

  1. Use a soft focus on the pitcher when stepping in to the box
  2. Hard focus on the pitcher’s release point 2-3 seconds before the pitch is delivered
  3. Have each hitter take 5 pitches, focusing on watching the ball coming out of the pitcher’s hand

If you enjoyed the video and would like to see more on Mental Hitting, make sure you check out this online video clinic. Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn…

  • A nifty visualization technique (created by Pete Rose) that breaks through mental barriers and eliminates the fear of failure.
  • 7 essential tips for developing rock-solid mental toughness in the batter’s box.
  • The 8 CRITICAL keys to having a quality at-bat. Plus, why batting average is an “over-rated” statistic.. and what you should be looking at instead!

And a lot more! Get the full story here: Mental Hitting.

Make sure you leave a comment in the box below too. I’d love to hear your own favorite tips and strategies for mental hitting!

9 Comments

  • Kelly Dean

    Reply Reply February 23, 2012

    My mental tips to fast pitch 14u, 16u, and 18u – Patience, the pitcher is pitching to you. As the pitch comes to the plate, make contact before it crosses the plate.

    Also, as a 12u baseball player, I had problems hitting a curve ball, I had a coach tell me to watch the arm angle. One indicates curve, another means fast ball.

  • Dana Collins

    Reply Reply February 10, 2012

    Good drill. I tell my two daughters to always watch the ball come out of the pitchers hand. Will add the “take 5 pitches to the drill.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • FM

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    I think that this tactic will calm things down for nervous or anxious players at the plate. It would also block out any distractions by focusing on something.

  • Greg

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    This sounds like a good strategy for picking up on ball rotation and release. Pitchers at bat should especially be able to see the value in this while.

  • Ray Cozzolino

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    I guess I’m kind of a two face guy. I tell my pitchers there isn’t a batter you can’t get out and I tell my batters there isn’t a pitcher you can’t hit

  • Dan Buelow

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    Great video we try and work on the mental part of the game at each practice. We read a book called, The Mind Gym. Short read with great info

  • Richard

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    We’ve been doing “mental” hitting drills for a while with my team and have definitely seen improvement in or focus and concentration. Also helps for situational hitting and communication with coach during an at-bat.

  • Debbie

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    Thanks for sharing. I will def try this one out with my team this spring.

  • Trey

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    I like the idea of mental training – it’s too often ignored but so important for high school kids to learn the mental side of hitting!

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