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Posted by Trish18 on May 31, 2006 8:29:00 PM



(Another great sports tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle of




There is no doubt that you have heard many coaches, and even more quotes by pro ball players, talk about how important the mental aspect is to the game of baseball.




Then why isn't mental training taught more by coaches?




I have no idea. Maybe you can offer a suggestion.




I will let you in on an inside "secret" that will enable you to take your game to the next level. A secret so powerful that you will have the ability to put your body on auto-pilot and let your instincts take over...almost at will!




What is this secret?...Visualization.




Yeah I know you have heard the word thrown around many times, but did anyone tell you how to apply it? Probably not.




Here is a simple three- step solution so you can become a visualization master.




1. Close you eyes and picture in your head the best swing you ever took. The best pitch you ever threw. The best play you ever made. It does not matter. Just see that perfect play and "watch" it over and over in your head.




Do this with as much detail as possible. The smell, the sky, the crowd, the catcher pounding his glove. You get the idea. As much detail as possible.




2. Ok now that you have that perfect play in mind take it into the on deck circle, the pitcher's mound or the field. You will want to practice this as much as possible. The more you do it the better you get (as do the results!) If you do not feel comfortable using the visualization techniques in a game just yet, work on them in practice or exibition games.




Now just take that perfect play and "plug in" the pitcher or batter and the current surroundings. See yourself take that perfect swing. Feel yourself launch that perfect fastball on the black.




See it over and over. When you are good you will be able to do this in split seconds. I used to do it between every pitch! And I teach my students to do the same.




3. Let your body take over! Your body knows what to do considering all of the practice time you put in. It is the mind that gets in the way. Not any more!

It's really that simple once you master this awesome technique. Do yourself and give it a try. You will certainly thank me.




Good luck!




+(Jon Doyle is a former NCAA All-American baseball player who now works as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more tips check out [|http://www.baseballtrainingsecre




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