Every February, all of my MLB Hitters that spent the last 2-3 months with me, head off to Spring Training feeling on top of the world. For some, we spent the off-season rebuilding their entire swing. For some, it was only a few adjustments but all head off to Arizona or Florida feeling really great about their swings and beaming with confidence. But then, “The Slump.”
After great springs and great starts to their season in April and May, something happens. Sometimes earlier in the year, sometimes later but its simply unavoidable. “The Slump”. Usually its only few days or games but to some hitters it feels like an eternity.
So guess what happens next?
The hitter in the slump looking to get out of it, looks to what others are doing who have been hot lately. Many times their coach will come to them and say “You need to do this”. Now the hitter is trying to do this. And then that. And before too long their slump is lasting longer and their swing is even more of a mess.
Thats where I often step in to remind them of where they were when they left to Spring Training. I send them video of their best swings and talk about what they were thinking and feeling in those moments to get them to “Remember”. It’s a light bulb moment for them.