The Swing and Repetition Scam
Coaches preach and teach repetition. The average hitter sees four pitches per at bat and gets up 4 times a game. That means they will see 16 pitches in a game. The average hitter swings at 46% of those pitches. That means the average hitter is going to take eight swings per game. How do mindless repetitions train us to focus in on taking eight swings at quality pitches?
We preach and teach repetition, but in a game what happens? In practice, a hitting coach will say,
“Get your swings in!”,
“Get your time in the cage!”,
“Make sure you’re getting your swings off the tee!”
I did an informal survey of hitting coaches: most hitting coaches were anywhere between 50 – 200 swings a day per hitter. Let’s take the low end of 50 swings per day. This number indicates we are training our hitters to swing, swing, swing, swing, swing, swing, swing!
Repetition, repetition, repetition!
But, when they get in the game what do they hear from their coaches?
“Get your pitch!”
“See it, Hit it!”
“Be patient. Be selective.”
“Have discipline up there!”
We teach and preach repetition, but in a game, we expect discipline, patience, as well as, a good eye.
Does your hitting training prepare for this: or is it just mindless repetition?