Becoming a successful hitter takes two things: a good swing, and a good approach. Everyone understands the first aspect. A mechanically sound swing will help a player consistently hit balls on the sweet spot, efficiently use his body, and maximize his strength and bat speed. There are tons of coaches who are great at teaching a proper swing! There are far fewer who can teach people “how to hit”, not “how to swing”. Steve Springer is one of those guys who really understands hitting and how to overcome the many challenges that hitters face.
I’ve been fairly familiar with Spring because he’s active on Twitter (@QualityAtBats) and sends out great tweets about hitting everyday. He’s a great guy to follow if you don’t already! So after reading his tweets for a while, I was interested to hear what he had to teach about hitting so I got a copy of his CD and DVD. All I can say is, “Wow! This guy gets it!”
The things that Spring teaches are the things that I wish I would have learned at a young age. How to overcome failure, what makes a quality at bat, and how to succeed when you’re struggling.
The main key to his teachings are that kids and parents need to stop worrying about batting average, and start worrying about having Quality At Bats and helping their team win. When players learn to focus on attainable goals (like having a quality at bat, not getting a hit) the game becomes so much more simple.
“Baseball is a game of failure.” You’ve probably heard that quote before, and honestly, it’s spot on! Great hitters get out 7 out of 10 times and it’s a struggle to maintain confidence after going 0 for 4. Quality At Bats teaches players to want the 5th at bat on a rough night, not dread going to the plate because they see their batting average dropping!
After listening to his CD and DVD I became a member of his Quality At Bats Academy. That’s how much I believe in his stuff…I don’t even play anymore, I’m just a coach and I think his stuff helps me understand the game better! I guarantee it will help you too! His academy costs just $1 to join and then it’s $29/month. That’s about half of what a one hour private hitting lesson costs. By joining his Quality At Bats Academy you have access to asking him questions, listening to his weekly podcast, watching interviews that he’s performed with pro ball players and coaches, videos of the hitting drills he teaches, and more.
If there is one thing you do this year to help yourself become a better hitter it needs to be to start listening to Steve Springer.