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How Baseball Players Can Avoid Overthinking At The Plate

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Jake Wald (@Jake_Wald) played collegiate baseball for George Washington University and then went on to have a 9 year pro career. He played at every level of the San Francisco Giants minor league system and finished his career in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After briefly coaching college baseball, Jake joined Positive Coaching Alliance and is now the Business Development Manager, overseeing Chapter Expansion.

As a youth baseball player, one thing that helped Wald succeed was to stop focusing on mechanics while at the plate. When Wald overthought his hitting mechanics at the plate, his hitting suffered. Instead he focused on hitting directionally, hard and back up the middle. Doing this allowed him to correct his mechanics without even thinking about it. Focusing on directional hitting allowed him to lock back in on the moment so that all the habits he learned in practice fell into place.