THE KEY TO CRICKET BATTING SUCCESS, “SHUT DOWN YOUR MIND AND OPEN YOUR EYES.”
Focusing 100% on the cricket ball unlocks the power of your natural reflexes, to improve bat speed, reaction time, and “bowl type” recognition.
EXAMPLE, DRIVING YOUR CAR
When you first learn to drive a car, you struggled as you had to think about controlling the pedals, steering wheel and the road ahead. Repetitions are essential to instinctive driving and to get in “the zone.” And you can’t accurately recall the exact details of how you drove from, “Point A to Point B,” as your subconscious mind controlled your journey.
Cricket batting happens in a split second – and during this time your mind must process many tasks.
YOU PROCESS THIS INFORMATION UNDER ONE SECOND, DEPENDING ON WHAT CRICKET BOWLER YOU’RE OPPOSING.
- Control all the fundamental cricket batting mechanics, such as – load, stride, and swing.
- Pick up the release point of the bowler.
- Bowling recognition – is it a good bowl to this? What is the line and length?
- Recognize and adapt to late movement on a swing bowl.
- Make your final decision to bat the cricket ball.
- Make solid contact with the cricket ball.
EXAMPLE, YOUR FIRST CENTURY
Akin to a young driver, when you first hit your conscious mind processes information, and you struggle as a result. When you’re “in the cricket batting zone” you’ve probably been asked, “What type of bowls where yout hitting?” Your response, “I have no idea” (key point). Your subconscious mind controlled your thought patterns, and you couldn’t recall the exact details of many of your scoring shots, including the cricket balls you crushed over the fence for sixes. You get a feel for the game with sensory experiences, such as vision, noise, and touch. Over time, this allows your subconscious mind to take over and you “play the game,” without thinking.
“WHEN OUR SUBCONSCIOUS SENDS A MESSAGE TO OUR MUSCLES, IT TRAVELS 10 TIMES FASTER THAN A MESSAGE COMING FROM OUR CONSCIOUS MIND.”
Al Smith C.Ht. The Winning Zone.
YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED WHEN YOU DON’T OVER-THINK, YOU BAT BETTER?
Your subconscious mind processes information at a much faster rate than the conscious mind. Therefore, it is necessary to close off any conscious thoughts when cricket batting and use your eyes to trigger your swing. Shut down your mind and open your eyes. Your vision and subconscious are the catalysts for your reflexes. When you think too much about mechanics or any other conscious thought, it slows your natural/reactive swing.