Hey Internet Hitting Coaches – Do you have any idea how many hitters we’ve messed up?
We all have players we’ve coached who don’t get better. Who tried their best but got worse. Players who read something or saw a video and tried something new. Maybe they even worked with you in person doing everything you asked of them, gave you money, invested their time…
Successful players make coaches look good, but what happens when things don’t work out? There are some coaches who blame the player. They lash out and belittle the player. They fail to recognize that there is no silver bullet, no magic formula, no one-size-fits-all.
Personally, I believe there are two paths you need to take when working with players. First, with players who struggle you have to figure out why they struggled. What was missing? What didn’t you address? What foundation was missing? This will help you expand your skillset and should motivate you.
The second path is figuring out why your best hitters had success. Unless you are batting 1.000 with your clients (and nobody is) then there are things your good hitters are doing which your bad hitters are not. And these unknowns are so important to understand. Working to figure this out should open your eyes and keep you humble.
We are all working to develop principles, but each hitter is unique. And sometimes it just boils down to, “That guy/girl can just hit.” People who say they are right or have it figured out… I just don’t get how people feel that way when it clearly isn’t true.
Sure – some coaches can deliver a message better or maybe their info clicks with a player. There is no denying that. But there are a few things that ring true for every success story out there.
- The player works their ass off.
- The player has a ton of talent – both gifted and earned.
- Everything you say to a player lands on top of anything that player has ever heard.
- The player executes in the game and has the perseverance to push through failure.
Shoutout to all the players out there grinding and trying to find their path. Keep working, keep searching and find what works best for you!
The more I say, “I don’t know,” the better I get.
— Bobby Tewksbary (@TewksHitting) September 24, 2018