Ryan is a Peak Performance Coach and professional hitting instructor who offers online hitting and mental skills coaching as well as offers various group events across the country. He is a former college and professional player and coach. His philosophy combines innovative physical mechanics, mental skills, and approach development to create a holistic approach to player development or what he calls “Holistic Hitting”.
After an extensive playing career that includes 4 years of college and playing for 5 different independent minor league teams Ryan started to teach the physical mechanics and mental skills he learned and helped him develop into the player he is today.
There is no question that Ryan’s life passion has always been baseball. After a series of disappointing experiences early in his career Ryan became obsessed with finding ways to unlock the potential he knew he possessed. This mission lead him to the study of not only baseball mechanics but also meditation, yoga, martial arts, mental skill development, strength and conditioning, speed and agility, and nutrition. Over time Ryan developed a philosophy that allowed him to not only meet but exceed his performance goals.
Today Ryan is committed to teaching the skills he learned to the athletes with which he works in order to provide them with opportunities he didn’t have. He is highly regarded as one of the nation’s top hitting instructors and is considered an expert in mental skill development. In addition to his experience as a mental skills coach, college coach, strength and conditioning coach, and private instructor Ryan has authored 4 books on hitting and mental skills.
Holistic Hitting is a unique approach to player development that enhances the entire athlete. In order for a hitter to realize their potential they can’t merely focus on mechanical development. Great hitters have achieved mastery over the three different elements of hitting (Mechanics, Mental/Emotional, and Approach). Ryan Dambach’s Holistic Hitting is the first development program of it’s kind to focus on all three aspects of player development.
Participants of Holistic Hitting will gain an understanding of how the mind impacts performance, how mechanics produce power and consistency, and how a athlete’s approach can increase the likelihood of success. Athletes will be given tools that they can use to clear the mental/emotional resistance that can limit performance (ie: performance anxiety, focus in pressure situations, unwanted thoughts, low self confidence, etc.). In addition athletes will learn what the proper mechanics are, why they are important, and how they help generate more power and consistency. Finally athletes will learn how to set up their approach at the plate or on the field which will give them the best chance to succeed.
Ryan’s Unique Approach
In order to maximize the development of the athletes Ryan works with he focuses on three areas of development:
- All movement begins in the mind and without the right mental skills it becomes impossible to create consistent success.
- Mental clutter, stress, frustration, anger, disappointment, doubt, fear, pressure, ego, all contribute to a player’s inability to consistently execute proper mechanics which limits overall performance.
- Ryan gives his athletes tools to increase focus, eliminate mental clutter, and increase mechanical repeatability.
- Ryan’s mechanical philosophy is based on physics, biomechanics, and the natural physiology of the body. His mechanical development allows players to increase power production, consistency, and increase mechanical repeatability allowing the athlete to maximize the body’s potential.
- Ryan teaches athletes how to take back control over their at bats. Since the pitcher has the ball hitters are left feeling defensive, trying to figure out what the pitcher is going to throw and where. In addition hitters think about the umpire and the strike zone and the situation with which they’re hitting in.
- Ryan helps athletes develop an approach that will help them maximize their strengths, increase their focus, put more balls in play hard, draw more walks, decrease strikeouts, and increase pitch recognition.
- Development of the approach will also help hitters pick up on pitching tendencies and allow them to be more prepared for each at bat.