September 2020 / 2 posts found

Smooth is Fast? Not So Fast.

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Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast? Not so fast. I’m sure we’ve all heard that catchline plenty of times, but has anyone ever really considered what it means?   The connotation is that a pitcher or hitter should be completely “relaxed” as he throws or swings — that there should be no tension at all. As a hitter in college, I occasionally tried to think about being smooth and relaxed during my swing. Every time I did, it felt like I was hitting with a rolled-up newspaper.…

Beware The Cult Of Average.

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A few years back, one of our clients sent me a link to a TED talk by Shawn Achor that got me thinking. Baseball is abuzz with the new catch phrases “science-based” and “data driven.” “If it’s not based in science, it’s not true.” “Make sure you have data to prove that.” “If you can’t prove it works you shouldn’t do it.” The terms “Science -based” and “Data Driven” have quickly become marketing tag lines for training centers across the…