This past weekend we got to work with two players that both were learning timing with their new swings. Both had efficient swings that were not perfect but they both were learning and getting used to it. One was a D1 player (Ga Tech) the other a high school kid.
Todd was throwing so I got to observe. What I saw what that the D1 kid was out performing the High School kid on hard hit balls. So we asked them what they were thinking. Both said, "nothing, just swinging" but when we told the high school to feel not think, he began to match the D1 player.
So what happened? The D1 player was in full control of his at bat. He was an offensive player, he let bad pitches go, did not chase close pitches, if he was not ready the pitcher waited, he even told him to speed up and slow down the throws. He was in control. This is called acting.
The High School player was doing the exact opposite. He swung at everything, let the pitcher throw when he was not ready, and chased and changed his swing at will. He was a Defensive player. This is called reacting.
If you want to have success at the plate you have to act not react. You control the at bat not the pitcher. During BP swing at your pitches because if you don't you won't in the game.
Act Don't React