But with WIN Reality, batters of all ages can step into the virtual world, and see what exactly they would experience in an actual game scenario. Since installing WIN Reality at their facilities, IMG hitters have seen over 5,000 game-speed pitches – valuable data points and experience that previously wasn’t available to their athletes.
“The thing that separates WIN is that it can recreate the environment – which is the hardest part to recreate in any kind of transferable skill. It can put the baseball player in the actual environment…This helps with the perceptual side of it and keeps their brain engaged and still seeing the ball, and all of those kinds of things that you can’t do in visualization, and you can’t even do in practice even if you’re just hitting off a tee or in BP”. – Taylor Stutzman. Mental Conditioning Coach
In addition to this new method of building a better approach at the plate, Stutzman quickly realized that there was another way to apply WIN Reality. Historically, players that were hurt simply had to sit on the sidelines and wait for their injury to subside. For hitters, this has always hampered their road back to the field, as they need a significant amount of time to get their rhythm back before stepping into a game situation. But with WIN Reality, this time to get back onto the field is cut down considerably, if not eliminated altogether.
“With our injured athletes, I’ve seen it be really beneficial to them because they have a tendency to feel like they’re falling behind if they’re not able to be on the field everyday like the rest of their peers. So they can still get all the reps, and even more reps in a lot of ways than if they were still on the field. When they do get back, 6 months later or however long the injury is, they still feel like they can still see the ball well. It doesn’t feel like they’ve lost any confidence.”
With WIN Reality, IMG has another advanced tool at their disposal, and one that gives their student-athletes a unique edge over their competitors. By being able to create unique training programs for their hitters, and place them into an environment that recreates the conditions of an actual game, IMG is able to accelerate the development of their players in a way that wasn’t previously possible.