Master The Mental Game of Baseball
I'm Craig Sigl, the mental toughness trainer here to teach you how to master the mental game of baseball. Do you question or doubt yourself and your abilities? Do you often hear a little voice in your head says such things as:
1. What if I strike out?
2. What if this guy knows my weakness?
3. I'm not sure my ankle is ready to play yet
4. What if I can't get out of this slump?
5. Will I get pulled if I don't get this next guy out?
You see, the big problem with baseball players' mental game is they don't answer these questions or dispute the little voice...they just allow it to rule them.
The next time you think something like:
"I'm not sure I can come through here"
SHUT IT DOWN with an answer!
Come up with some truth that blows that little voice out of the water
...like this for a hitter
"What if I choke here with men on base, will I go back to sitting the bench?"
Answer that voice with something like:
I OWN THIS GUY, he's mine and I CAN and WILL rip this ball into a gap....and then in your mind's eye, imagine the ball already rolling to the wall for a double.
Or maybe this if you're a pitcher:
"I've got to strike this guy out or I'll be in trouble"
Answer it loudly inside your brain with: "No I don't, I'm just going to make a great pitch to the catcher's glove that keeps him off timing and gets him to make a weak out.
Pitcher's have got to get out of that mindset of thinking you have to strike everyone out. You don't! Jamie Moyer has proven that over 24 seasons in the majors with a fastball that only averages 81.6 mph.
Batters: you know that standing up there at the plate with confidence is the surest way to connect...and you have TOTAL control over that.
All players must constantly be aware of that little voice of doubt and when it shows up...blow it up and you will master the mental game of baseball. Go to http://www.sportsmentaltoughness.com for free training on how to perform under pressure.