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“Swing at Strikes”

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I have had a lot of fun watching my sons play baseball from T-ball through high school. During games I always chuckled listening to comments from parents, particularly those with “on-the-spot suggestions” encouraging their sons to hit the ball.

I cannot count the number of times a batter would step in the batter’s box . . . swing . . . miss the pitch . . . and then hear a loving parent yell “Keep your eye on the ball!” Good advice, but not much help. If that was the only step to hitting, learning to hit a 95 mph fast ball would be a piece of cake.

The legendary Ted Williams who played left field for the Boston Red Sox from 1939-1960, is known as the greatest hitter of all-time in major league baseball. He was once asked, “what he attributed his success to.” He replied, “I swing at strikes.” Ted Williams recognized his greatest success came by swinging at pitches that were in “the strike zone.” He didn’t try to hit every pitch.

Nothing can be more destructive to a hitter than bad advice from someone who does not know hitting. Good advice for batters: Keep your swing simple and fundamentally sound. I had an excellent coach instruct me with the following batting steps:

  1. Identify the pitch: Is the pitch a strike/ball? Where is it in the strike zone (low, high, on the corners, etc)?  Adjust your timing to the velocity of the ball. Is it a fastball, curve, change-up, slider?
  2. Step into the pitch: Do not lunge forward; keep most of your weight on the back leg (about a 60/40 weight distribution between back and front legs); as you step into the pitch, point the front foot towards the pitcher.
  3. Rotate your hips: Enables you to incorporate your body weight into the swing for greater power.
  4. Arms come through close to your body, almost like a punching motion: At full extension, your wrists snap to complete the swing and increase bat speed.
  5. As the arms come through, your back shoulder makes contact with the chin: This keeps your head in and eyes focused on the pitch, rather than pulling your head away from the pitch.

Once the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand, the batter must complete this sequence in less than .35 of a second. This is why hitting is so difficult. Hitters take hundreds of swings a day to get the timing down and make the process instinctive.

There are parallels to hitting and dialer management. Here are some tips to help with your recovery swing:

  1. Swing at Strikes (identify good accounts): New accounts come in from your clients monthly and most likely there is some garbage in there. IAT SmartDial’s powerful dialer features will help you sift out good accounts from bad.  Don’t tie up your valuable human resources chasing junk.
  2. Rotate your hips (release all the power the dialer has to offer): IAT’s dialer is fully loaded with features to increase your productivity. Find out what they are and how to use them.
  3. Extend your swing (take advantage of IAT’s Support and Training Programs): IAT’s Support is always there to make sure your dialer runs efficiently. Attending training will help hone your skills and increase your dialer knowledge. This is a great opportunity to learn from the dialing experts.
  4. Keep your head in and focus on the ball: Stay in touch with your Regional Account Manager.  Innovative features are always added to the dialer.

Thank you for teaming up with IAT SmartDial. Let us help you improve your batting (recovery) average!

 

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This article was written by David E

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