Part 1: How's Your Mental Game?

Great is a pretty high standard. We often throw the word great around without truly giving the meaning of the word. Great is something that we need to give appropriate weight to. It truly is something that we don’t get to see that often.


There are many good players, but how many truly great players do you remember? Over the course of a 40-year career I have had the opportunity to coach many good players, some very good players, some outstanding players but only a handful of what I would call great players.  


What makes a player great?


There are things, I believe, that the great players do that others do not.


Part 1: The Mental Game


All great players are mentally strong. They handle pressure well and perform at their best when the pressure is the greatest. They have the tools they need to take a tough situation and turn it into an opportunity to shine.



Fastpitch Prep offers Complete Hitting Clinics that feature our mental game guru, Tonya Carlisle. Players learn about how their brain works, how to use routines and breathing to improve their performance and how to turn challenges into opportunities to shine.



You are going to work in a classroom setting where you will learn the science of the mental game and then take that knowledge into the cages to put that knowledge into practice. You get feedback on the use of your routine and how to improve upon the skills you are attaining. It is an action packed few hours that will take your game to another level!


Please check out our schedule of events on the homepage to see when and where you can attend a Complete

Hitting Clinic and take your game to the next level!


About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.