For example, some baseball pitchers try to maintain a slow, deliberate rhythm in their setup routine between pitches, reminding themselves to slow down when they find themselves rushing in their eagerness to deliver the next perfect pitch, and they do so simply because they find that, for reasons they could only wildly guess at, they pitch better when they slow the game down.
As far as they can tell, there is absolutely no difference whatsoever in the mechanics of their pitching when they are more deliberate versus hastier in their setup between pitches. They are merely doing something to control their situation in a way that somehow increases their trust that the results of their invariant pitching mechanics will be better. Athletes perform best when they are comfortable in their situation. This is one reason that a quantifiable home-field advantage exists in team sports.
Perhaps the baseball pitcher who throws better when he slows down his setup routine does so, not because it makes him consciously throw differently, but because he feels more comfortable in that rhythm, and/or because he derives comfort from exercising his power to slow the entire game (after all, he has the ball), and this sense of comfort enhances his capacity to locate pitches on a subconscious level.
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