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What If…. I Never Learned This Backwoods Pitching Lesson From A NYC Hitting Coach?

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  1. lantzwheeler says:

    Tell me what you think! Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to reply back!

  2. “what if…?” is a phenomenal coaching tool that will allow creative thinking players the chance to invest even more into their careers and take even more ownership. Allowing players to ask “what if?’ not only engages them, it communicates to you their thoughts and feels, allowing a deeper understanding and connection.

    The “what if” stems from a curiosity within the player, and that curiosity is born from a feeling that there’s a better way to do something AKA they haven’t untapped their potential. THEYRE INVESTED!! And now you are enabling them to act on their thoughts/feelings in an attempt to improve; “what if” could be introducing a new habit to the players life, the habit of independent thought and acting on that thought in the pursuit of excellence.

    The inevitability of “What If” is that its going to lead to MORE “what ifs”, because they probably won’t get the feel they’re searching for correct the first time. But they will learn that each “what if” gets them one step closer to uncovering their “what if” dream-feel-drill. If they are off, they learn how to improve the process and progress; if they are correct, their success reinforces confidence in themselves for life, and their ability to execute this practice.

    I’m all-in on “what if”

  3. Alan Sheppard says:

    I would add the use of “Pretend …” to compliment “What if …” as in Pretend you could hit your glove side spot with more ease. Kudos to Vin Diesel II and What IF bc we all get tired of being told what to do in life.

  4. Brian Murtha says:

    Lantz,
    I’m sure my name never came up cuz you guys were doing your thing at the cabin, but Ive known and coached with Jason for a few years. He’s one of my favorite people on the planet. Glad you got to know him. I talked about you to him over the years. Just a super FUNNY individual.

  5. Marc Weigum says:

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been a huge advocate the past few years in trying to get my players to understand failure is a part of the game and use it as a learning tool but I really resonate with the “what if” aspect. It’s a really great way to approach training and gets them into a mentality that trying something is good…it may not always work but at least you can now understand why it may not have worked and add it to your toolbox. Thanks for the great post!

  6. Bob Bob says:

    Great ideas, I like where this is going, Thank you .

  7. Kirk Goodson says:

    great information!

  8. Michael Levine says:

    love this, i will use with my players moving forward. this is a game of failure and if you understand how to correct yourself the easier it is to get better.

  9. Henry Villareal says:

    Awesome! especially love the owner ship part. Want to see more pitcher calling their own games, and believe this would help greatly. Helps translate loses are opportunities to learn.

  10. Jimmy Rey Gonzales says:

    Love the “What If”. As a wrestling coach I always have athletes asking well “what if”a guys does this during a move and we can show them. But I see how they are thinking. How we can apply that to baseball.

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