“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”— Jim Rohn
I absolutely love this quote as it not only applies to life but to hitting as well. We often make the mistake of believing that success in hitting is the result or natural ability. In reality success as a hitter is nothing more than the consistent application of certain principles. If hitters are able to learn, develop, and ultimately execute proper hitting mechanics on hittable pitches then they WILL be successful.
Baseball is notorious for chalking success up to natural ability. It’s the only sport I know that is attached to such a limited mind-set, believing that we’ve discovered the limits of human potential. As such we continually perpetuate the cycle of performance by teaching the same limited principles to younger athletes. If a hitter can “succeed” in spite of what he’s learned then that hitter is considered a “natural hitter”.
If a hitter hits .300 or above or has a certain number of homeruns we believe this hitter has it figured out and so don’t ever consider the fact that they may not be maximizing their abilities. This limited perspective has caused us to believe that hitters can’t necessarily be developed. That “success” in hitting is left up to the athlete’s genetic make up. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Great hitters simply are better mechanically and they repeat those mechanics more often than do hitters of lesser ability. As such there is nothing magical about hitting. It’s not based on natural-born talent or some mystical ability to put the bat on the ball. It’s simply: “the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”