What is a mental approach and what is the right state of mind? You often hear about the mental approach to gambling. But some people don’t understand what that means. It just means how you think about the game before you play the game. Let’s explore it.
Before even arriving on the ground, a preparation takes place. It all starts in the practice and even in the exercises you do before the game. You often hear “the right state of mind”. Well, that applies to all aspects of baseball.
As far as practice goes, it just means that you are running your business with one goal in mind and doing it effectively. Let’s take an example. You are about to tee off to help your swing. Did you just tee off and start hacking? Or are you working on the areas you need to, like hitting the ball across the tee while visualizing the outside court? You must have a purpose in what you are doing.
And when you practice, use the time to practice the right way. I’d rather have 10 minutes of quality, focused practice rather than 20 minutes of practice with no idea what you’re trying to work on.
The same goes for batting training. Are you in the right frame of mind? Are you just crying over the pitches. Or are you hitting with a goal and trying to get things done? Again, give me 10 minutes of quality hitting with a goal and not 20 minutes of hooking the ball foul with no idea what you’re trying to do.
It’s all the little things that end up in a game. It all starts at this point in the game. Practice the right way with purpose and you’ll enter the game with the right frame of mind.
What about the right approach to the game? The mental approach to the game begins with preparation. It means doing your homework and knowing the opposition. What kind of pitcher throws today? Is it a left handed fist arm or an upper right arm that throws 95 mph? If it’s a left-hander, than maybe in batting practice, I’m going to visualize the fastball sinking in the outside corner and work really hard to shorten and try to hit the ball the other way. If he’s a tough flame thrower to throw, maybe my batting practice today will be to be short at the ball and try to be a little faster. Do you see what I mean?
Now you have the right mindset or just the right mental approach to the game. By combining the right mental approach with the right drills and practice, you will be on your way to dramatically improving your game.