FROM 'GARBAGE' TO GRANDEUR

FROM 'GARBAGE' TO GRANDEUR

By Stuart Whitaker
23 September
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Nathaniel Bastin’s 7 Essential Rules for Batting - Rule 2


Nathaniel Bastin’s 7 Essential Rules for Batting - Rule 2

Rule 2: Train the chimp inside. The only way to improve as a batsman is to develop your instinct over time, increasing the likelihood that your body will simply do the right thing naturally when in the middle - and that takes a lot of practice.

By practice, I don't mean just turning up to nets and having a hit, I mean carefully deciding what you need to work on, seeking out a trustworthy source for advice on how to achieve that i.e. a coach or a mentor, and then repeating whatever action you need over and over again until you get it.

When making changes to your technique, you won't have fully achieved your mission until something that at first felt completely uncomfortable now feels - guess what - instinctive.

The further out from match day you can begin this process - I'm talking months, not days - the more chance you have of succeeding. Practicing little and often is also far better than long and rarely. I'd advise that wholesale changes to your technique should take place during the Winter with a minimum of 30 minutes active practice per week.

So if you are thinking about using a net before a game to alter your technique, it's already too late for you. Have a can of Red Bull instead and hope for the best!!

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