BODY LANGUAGE FOR HITTERS

People can’t know for certain what you’re thinking. Your internal world is your own, unless you choose to share it. Sometimes, however, it’s shared without the intention without a word being spoken. Your body often gives pretty clear hints of what is going on inside your head. A hitter would never think of revealing his frustration, confusion, or lack of confidence by speaking of it to an opponent. But his body can send the message without a word being said. We all recognize body signals. So even if you feel vulnerable, act invulnerable. It’s a tough act, to be sure. But the more you’re aware of the messages you give off when you shake your head after a bad call by the umpire, or drop your shoulders after a swing and a miss, or rage after an inside pitch knocks you off or the plate-or drag a defeated-looking hitter up to the plate, the better chance you have of fixing that tendency -and acting like an effective competitor.

Says Clint Hurdle, Colorado Rockies hitting coach, “I firmly to believe that a lot of at-bats are determined before you get in the box. I firmly believe you can empower a pitcher at times by your body language and how you react to certain situations …Don’t to let them see you sweat. Don’t let them think you’re bothered…”

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