Practicing the art of preparation

I am the type of person who gratefully benefits from a hard reset every year. For some, January 1 is the first day of committing to trying new things. They look to see what works and what doesn’t.

For my hitters, August through November is our dedicated Assessment Phase, which prepares them for their what’s next.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

The load is the fundamental part of hitting—a technique that positions the hitter to track the pitch. If done well, on time and on tempo, the hitter will be able to execute the other parts and get a lot of hits.

There are seven parts to the swing, including:

  1. Stance/load
  2. Timing
  3. Tempo
  4. Tracking
  5. Approach
  6. Contact
  7. Extension/Finish

In my last blog (Finding What Works to Get the Job Done), I taught what athleticism is, why it is important, and how to develop it.

Next week, I will share 5 ways you should try to load this fall, which will help you determine what works and what doesn’t. Do it and you will be on the way to more hits, and possibly, hit for more power in the spring.

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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.