Anyone else have this bad habit? I really gotta stop because I’m just destroying my hands. Any tips or tricks to kick the bad habit? Thanks!
Supposedly it takes 21 days to break a habit.
Think you can do it?
there is a gel that they use in prison on nail biters’ nails that makes them throw up…quite literally. This is how my dad stopped.
A better idea: use some pitching grips that involve the fingernails, like the spike curve or a variety of the knuckleball—so instead of chewing your nails off you can use them in your pitching. And get a nail clipper so you can keep them nicely trimmed.
And above all, relax. Very often chewing on your nails is a manifestation of nervous tension. We pitchers don’t need that. 8)
If you take Zita’s advice and use a fingernail grip for a pitch, I would advise you to use a nail file, or at least use those trimmers to also shape your nails although filing them down makes them easier to shape and harder to break. Eating jell-o also helps harden your nails.
Mind over matter… If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.