CIRCLE OF CHANGE
years before our time someone looked at a round object and decided to
give it a name, the circle. Time changed that circle into wheels, balls,
heck we even figured out that the world itself is nothing more than a
big circle. A big circle of change. Nothing stays the same for long. So
it is in baseball, especially in hitting a baseball.
Fortunately, somebody long ago decided to put a circle on the baseball
field as well. They call it the "on-deck" circle, I call it
the "circle of change". It is here that good hitters make the
change from "player" to "hitter". If you have read
many of my articles, you probably realize that I am a huge proponent of
"seeing" the ball well to hit the ball well. The "circle
of change" is where you begin the process of "seeing" the
How many of you have sat in the backseat of your parents car on
the way to a tournament? Lets say you sat there for 2 or 3 hours
looking out the window. Yet when you arrived at the ball fields you dont
remember a darn thing about what you were looking at on the way. How about
at school? You read the chapter but you dont remember a single thing
about it when you get to the end. You looked at it, but you didnt
"see" it. In order to hit a baseball you have to "see"
it, not just look at it.
While players are on the bench between at-bats most of them are watching
the game, staying involved, ready to make an impact when their turn at
the plate comes up. The process of hitting requires you to do much more
than watch. Watching is good, seeing is better. Make the change in the
circle. Start seeing the pitchers release point. Visually track
each pitch from release point to contact or catchers glove. Begin
to train the eyes to "see" and not watch. What is the fastball
doing? See it. Is it tailing in or away? Is the pitcher working hitters
inside or outside?
You have been blessed with the greatest, fastest, most remarkable computer
of all time. Its called your brain. The neat thing is you get to
take that computer to the batters box each time you go to the plate.
That computer can tell you every angle, calculate speed, spin, velocity
and command your body to react properly to each and every pitch in order
to make solid contact! It can do this in mere fractions of a second, every
time! But first... it needs information, proper information. It can only
receive this information from your eyes!
Pete Rose once said: "See the ball, hit the ball!" He collected
more hits than any player in the history of the game. He didnt say
"Watch the ball," or "Look at the ball." He said "see"
Start seeing the ball in the "Circle of Change" and you will
have much more success at the plate