How do I get out of a batting slump?

Hello Rocket,

My school is largely populated, and not many juniors play varsity unless they pitch. However, I did start off this season on varsity as a hitter. I had a few pinch hit opportunities where i went 1-3 with a double, but they decided to move me down to J.V. so I get my at bats in. I have always been a good hitter, and can usually correct my own swing problems. When I can't, my friends or father step in and help me out. Lately though, I have fallen into the biggest slump of my life, in which my friends, father, or myself can not pull me out of. My hands are dropping and my swing is horribly uncomfortable. For some reason I can not seem to level it out no matter how many drills I do and practice cuts I take. I am making contact, but send the ball straight up or into the ground. I can't seem to break this problem and no one seems to be able to help.

I was hoping maybe you would have some advice to get me back on track. The game is unbearable when I play bad, and I don't want that to be the case with the sport I love. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Mike

Rocket:

Hey Mike,

It's not as bad as it seems. For starters, 1-3 with a double for the Varsity Team doesn't suck. Secondly, playing JV will get you more at-bats and, for someone who loves to hit, more at bats is great. All hitters suffer through slumps from time to time. Andrew Jones of the Atlanta Braves went 0-fer most of April but has now raised his average from the low .100s to .247.

It's possible that you are panicking, pressing and thinking too hard. Yogi Berra, one of the greatest clutch hitters of all time, said "I can't think and hit at the same time". It might be time for you to adopt a more relaxed approach at the plate. Ultimately, after all the drills and all the attention to every element of your mechanics it comes down to two things...

  1. See the ball - hit the ball
  2. Get a good pitch to hit

Relax. Have a great season.

Regards,
Rocket Norton

Mike's Follow-Up: 

Dear Rocket,

I think you were right on with the panicking comment. Today I went out there relaxed and went 2-2 with a double, walk, and 3 RBI's. I am pretty sure it was just coming down to J.V. feeling I should be the best on the team. Added pressure I didn't need. Thank you very much for the advice, you are exactly right. It was a hitting slump and that's all that was, and hopefully it's done now. I appreciate your reply.

Thank you,
Mike

 

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