Make a habit of trying new things

2022 Minority Baseball Prospects (MBP) Underclass All-Americans. Photo by Arsenio Watlington

A habit is something you do well repeatedly without thought. A great way to get into a habit mindset is during your practice time. The fall season (August-October) is when my hitters commit and discipline themselves to trying new things, determining what works and what doesn’t.

Next, they move into the Build Phase (November-January), where they work to build habits and strength based on what works.

If you have a goal of hitting for more power in the spring (February-April), consider trying a new load this fall (August-October). This can help put your body in the best leveraged position to produce more power.

Maybe one of these four loads will work for you.

Hand Drop 
Toe Tap
Bat Wrap
High Leg 

If one works, commit and discipline yourself this winter (November-January) to building a habit and strength for it. If it doesn’t work, at least you were able to improve your athleticism.

And remember our latest acronym: N.E.W. (never embrace worry).

So go for it: Make a habit of trying new things.

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.