Medical: Dr Marshall
February 27, 2011Clubhouse Gas
I'm sure you'd agree...Hitting homeruns or rocket shots ain't easy. However, curiously, if you ask any hitter who just hit one out of the park to describe what thet were thinking about right before they hit the ball and how the swing felt - you will find that most hitters will give you pretty similar answers. If you ask a hitter to describe how they felt just before hit the ball over the fence, they will probably tell you something like "I was not thinking. I just saw the ball and hit it. I was not even trying to hit it out of the park." And if you ask them how the swing felt, theywill say something like "It was easy. It was effortless. I didn't even try to swing hard."
What these hitters are describing is a state of flow. Here is the official definition of flow. Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what thet are doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Colloquial terms for this or similar mental states include: to be on the ball, in the zone, or in the groove. Almost every time a hitter hits a homerun, they are in a state of flow. Thet don't think but just reacts to the ball. The old concept of "see the ball, hit the ball" applied to perfection. They are not trying to swing hard but just want to make good contact with the ball relying on "muscle memory" to do the job. It feels effortless. They are confident and totally focused.
That is how you hit homeruns and rocket shots - in addition to selecting good pitches and having good mechanics of course! Try to get in flow. The more often you find yourself in flow, the more likely you are to hit homeruns or rocket shots on a regular basis. Need help with this? Check out Dr. Tom Hanson, he's one of the best in baseball when it comes to training the mental game.