River Edge, NJ (PRWEB) May 12, 2010
What causes a hitting slump in kids, in high school players, in college players and in major league baseball players?
What can be done to break slumps and keep hitting slumps from lasting a long time?
Hitting slumps frustrate players, parents and coaches at every level of baseball.
Frequently, a baseball player looks great when he hits in the cage, but looks like a different player when he comes up to bat in a game situation.
According to Jay P. Granat, Ph.D., psychotherapist, Founder of .http://www.StayInTheZone.com, "Batting slumps involve a loss of confidence, focus and a loss of the ability to relax and have fun at the plate. And because the mind and the body are intertwined, at some point mechanics can break down as the mental part of hitting goes down the tubes."
"Sometimes, a hitting slump can be precipitated by being hit by a pitch, by an injury, by choking in a key situation or after a particularly bad day or weekend at the plate," says Dr. Granat who is the author of 101 Ways To Break A Hitting Slump With Sport Psychology and Self-Hypnosis.
"Last week, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal called me and asked me to comment on the causes of Jason Bay's hitting slump, states Granat."
"I explained to the reporter that there are probably several factors at work here. First, Bay is getting used to a new team, a new location and a return to the National League. He also may be experiencing some pressure which goes along with a big contract and with playing in New York. I believe he is a talented hitter and that he will adjust in time. The kind of mental training I do with hitters could help to abbreviate the length of this slump. With a great athlete sometimes, you have to tweak one small thing to get them on track."
Slumps can also be caused by conflicts with coaches, teammates, girlfriends or family members, because some players have difficulty compartmentalizing these kinds of problems.
Changing a swing thought, a pre-hitting routine or helping a player to relax, focus and have fun can add a lot of points to a batting average.
Many baseball players have never had training in meditation, self-hypnosis, sport psychology and mental toughness techniques. These tools can help a talented hitter to become an even better player.
On Monday, May 17th 2010, at 7:00 PM, Dr. J. Granat will offer a free two hour seminar for hitters who want to learn how to avoid slumps and how to hit more consistently throughout the baseball season. The seminar will be held in his offices. Similar seminars will be offered around the country. Coaches, players and parents are welcome to attend.
To reserve your spot or to learn more about Dr. Granat's products and services call 201 647-9191.
To order any of Dr. Granat's books, programs, CD's or seminars, call 888 580-ZONE.