Batter Versus Hitter

For the purpose of this site, there is a distinct difference between a batter, and a hitter. The gulf that separates batter from hitter is evident by several consistent and marked thoughts and actions. A batter matures, grows, evolves and expands into a hitter – the process is not guaranteed and requires planning, preparation, and practice.

A batter is a player, often a beginner or novice, who swings in a haphazard, unplanned and unfocused manner. He fails to replicate his stance and his swing on a consistent basis and often fails to hit the ball. He often becomes frustrated and confused and becomes even more erratic in his execution. His lack of success is exacerbated by a lack of preparation: the only time he swings a bat occurs in an official team practice (if he even attends practice). His lack of repetitions leads to a lack of success that leads to a dislike for the game. He often plays only a few seasons of organized ball then departs for a sport or activity that does not require the athleticism, skill, concentration, toughness and determination of baseball.

Whereas, a hitter is a player regardless of age or experience who approaches every at-bat in a practice or a game in a consistent, focused and repeatable manner. Because his form and style is consistent, his coaches and parents are able to make certain small adjustments if they become necessary. A hitter is also self-aware enough to learn what is most comfortable and most conducive to success and is able to “coach” himself to some extent. A hitter practices with devotion and rigorousness outside the realm of official team practices, going well beyond the norm. As a result, he is successful at seeing the ball, hitting the ball, and hitting the ball hard and he is motivated to work even harder. Proper practice begets excellence and a love of hitting develops.

Choose to be a hitter, choose to be great. Let the uncommitted and the weak bat – the committed and the strong hit!


About twskipton

Todd W. Skipton created the Raising A Man enterprise to provide examples, biographies, quotes, stories, and inspiration about great men and women throughout history and sports. These high achievers tapped into their inner conquering spirit in order to fulfill their maximum potential. Begin the journey from hope to reality; from possibility to accomplishment; from boyhood to manhood. Be great at everything and be great at life!
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