Part 4: Proper Reps & When To Reset
Take the right amount of reps.
It’s very important to take the right amount of reps when working off the tee.
When you see the dad that never played past middle school working with his son in the cage you’ll almost always see their rounds go on for way too long.
If you noticed, Albert Pujols talked about taking 3 or 4 swings and then stepping back to take a break.
We don’t want to ever take a tired swing in our entire career if we can help it.
Baseball is a game about being focused, fresh, and in the moment. Make sure each of your rounds for your entire career is around 3-7 swings each, with the sweet spot at 5. (Unless of course your coach wants you to do something else for that day).
It’s also important to understand why Albert Pujols said he takes a step back and resets after a bad swing. The core concept here is to never let a bad event in baseball create another one. This is a big difference between the youth or HS player and the D1 or Professional. A Professional Player has learned that he can’t let a bad swing impact his next one, or his defense the next half inning. You have to learn to reset and to flush the bad ones down the toilet.
Many players at the highest level reset by using a visual reset point on their bat.
Some players use something else for this like the foul pole, but most use their bat.
The focal point is a point on the field or on your bat where you can look to for a reset. You can see almost every MLB Hitter use this tactic when they step out of the box between each pitch. They find a spot on their bat, or they look at the left-field foul pole, something like that. It’s kind of a “Go To Your Happy Place” kind of moment. We should find this focal point before every round of bp, before every scrimmage at bat, in between pitches. Whatever your focal point is, look to it every time in between pitches or in times of need as we reset with a nice deep breath and one confident thought.
H.A. Dorfman notes in his very popular book ‘The Mental Game of Baseball’ that we cannot let one pitch affect the next one. He recommends you flush the event and refocus with a focal point.