Baseball - Solving problems with the mental game

I help baseball players (pitching and batting), get past what's holding them back and bring out their best, under pressure, in competition.

Get the competitive edge on the mound

In pitching, it's only about hitting a target - the catcher's glove

At its most basic level, nothing else really matters - not the other players, the screaming fans, the announcer, the media, past experiences, etc.

What holds pitchers back from throwing at their potential is a problem with their mental game

They focus on those other things, instead of what they've successfully done hundreds and thousands of times before. That's a problem with their mental game.

That's a huge problem, that I can fix, fast

The results are faster pitches, increased accuracy, more strikes, less base-on-balls and a lower ERA.

That's because I use my Kenward Method, custom-tailored to your unique and specific needs, to:

• Increase your pitching speed, power and accuracy

• Increase your consistency

• Get you into the zone on command

• Speed your recovery after practice and games (you know what faster recovery can do for a pitching career)

• Dump bad experiences

• Start fresh with every pitch

That means throwing your best to any batter, in any inning, to any team, on any field, under any circumstances. That's how you get the competitive edge, and that's what can skyrocket your career (or get you back on track).

Get the competitive edge at the plate

When you are at bat, your job is to hit the ball (the first target) and send it to a specific location (the second target).

To do that, you practice hitting every kind of pitch with many different pitchers. That way your brain learns the patterns to respond automatically, since pitches come too fast to think about what to do.

But, when you focus on the pitcher instead of the ball, when you worry about past results or future consequences (or when you are distracted), then your flow is cut off and you don't get the result you've spent so much time preparing for.

Are you in a baseball batting slump? Are you having trouble hitting against a specific pitcher? Is there another situation where you can't hit the way you think you can?

Are you thinking too much instead of letting your hundreds or thousands of successful hits drive your bat?

These are all mental game problems and I can fix them, fast.

Mental blocks in competition

Are any of these holding you back:

• You're choking under pressure, you're in a slump or burned out

• You're having trouble competing against a player, team or coach

• Something always seems to "set you off" and ruin your performance

• You've got the "yips" (involuntary shaking or release of the ball) or live in fear of doing so

• You have an "unlucky" field

• Something is holding you back from moving up to the next level - from the minors to the majors, from relief to starter or from a good contract to a great contract

• You can't get a bad experience or accident out of your head

• You are facing less playing time, being demoted or released

• Chronic pain from injuries is holding you back

• Anger is affecting your ability and performance

• You're about ready to give up baseball out of frustration

- Anxiety is robbing you of your performance

- You can't let go of an accident (like being hit by a pitch or other game injury)

These are all problems with the mental game - and I fix them, fast.

Beyond sports psychology

My Kenward Method is totally different from sports psychology. My services start where sports psychology stops.

And for the results I demand, and guarantee, sports psychology is too slow.

Beyond visualization and a positive mental attitude

Visualization and positive mental attitude can be helpful *if* there are no mental blocks holding a player back. If there are, then all of the visualization, mental imagery, affirmations, positive mental attitude, etc., etc., etc. aren't going to fix it.

It's kind of like trying to drive a car with one foot on the brake and saying "come on, car, go faster!" Great intentions, but you aren't going to get the results you want.

That's why my Kenward Method always starts with overcoming any mental blocks, barriers or self-limiting beliefs (whether you know what they are or not).

Managing stress

Baseball players don't like to talk about stress, as if it's a sign of weakness. But, the reality is that negative stress (including anxiety) can limit or even end careers. We're often taught that if we feel stressed, we should just "suck it up" and "deal with it." But, that's easier said then done. If you want to consistently play at a very high level, you need a way to relieve and control negative stress. I've created fast solutions for dumping negative stress in as little as five seconds. That alone can give you the competitive edge.

Managing pain

Pain is another area that plagues ballplayers. Even if it is safe to play, it can hurt so much you can't play your best. Powerful pain-killing drugs can have issues with effectiveness (especially long term), side-effects and legality.

Your mind is the post powerful pain reliever you have and I have created powerful mental training tools that anyone can learn for relieving and controlling pain (I use them myself for controlling my chronic pain from knee and back injuries).

Speeding recovery

Baseball (pitching, especially) can take its toll on a body. What if there was a way to speed your body's recovery after pitching? There is, and the mental training tools I created to do this stem are from my work with marathon (and ultra-marathon) runners.

Consistent peak performance

For a successful career in baseball, you need to maintain *consistent* peak performance throughout the season. I use the word consistent because every player has spontaneous flashes of brilliance.

Consistency is what wins games (and builds careers). First, we work together to solve any problems you have with the mental game and bring out peak performance and consistency in competition (including improving your speed, power and accuracy).At that point, we meet as needed to solve any new mental game problems that come up and to periodically tune up your mental game. This can be done before crucial games, during off time, if you are on the DL or even if you've been sent down for rehab.

My job is to keep you on track for a long, successful and profitable career in baseball.

So, here's the bottom line

If you play baseball, a target sport, then I can help you improve your performance under pressure in competition. Using the Kenward Method, I'll troubleshoot your mental game problems quickly, get you past what's holding you back and get you the solutions and results you want for peak performance and consistency, when it counts.

Do you think you have the ability to rise to levels you've never reached before (or get back to where you've been). Do you want the competitive edge?

How long are you going to wait?

How much longer are you going to suffer the pain of missed potential and a shrinking window of opportunity?

How long can you afford to wait?

Make the decision to get back - and stay - on track.

Call me - (916) 802-5897

All of my services are absolutely confidential and are provided in my Sacramento, California office or at your location, worldwide. Exclusivity is available.

NOTE: Agents and teams don't pay for my services, but you profit from them.

David Kenward - The Mental Coach
(916) 802-5897
3400 Watt Ave, Suite 200
Sacramento, California 95821
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Winning the Mental Game - End Slumps, Stop Choking, Improve Performance - Fast Results