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"...helpful to hitters in little leagues or in the big leagues. The information is clear and to the point..." -- Charles Johnson, catcher, Florida Marlins

"...promotes and focuses on a consistent and effective approach to hitting and the game of baseball. Not on the result." -- Merv Rettenmund, hitting coach, Atlanta Braves

"He is to the athletic psyche what Harvey Penick was to the golf swing..." -- Jeremy Schaap, ESPN national correspondent, host of "Classic Sports Reporters" on ESPN Classic

About the Author

H.A. Dorfman was a noted sports psychologist as well as a sports psychology counselor with the Scott Boras Agency. Recognized as a leading sports psychologist across the world, Dorfman was also a columnist and freelance journalist with articles appearing in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald. He has authored three other books: Coaching the Mental Game, The Mental ABC's of Pitching, and The Mental Keys to Hitting.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888698381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888698381
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good well written book.
Sonja Box
The Mental Keys to Hitting gave me confidence to go to the batter's box with a plan and execute to the best of my ability.
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If you're a coach of youth teams, reading this book will help you better coach your hitters.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Hanie E. Cole III on June 11, 2001
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The Mental Keys to Hitting is the Greatest most user friendly baseball coach's book ever. I thought the mental aspects of Seeing the ball were extremely effective. Most readers reading this review might think that every player is seeing the ball properly. Players do not see the ball as well as they should because they have never been taught the proper mind set of seeing the ball.Coaching hitters to see the ball is one of the most important things a coach can teach his players.This is absolutely not coached at any level of youth baseball. Mr. Dorfman does an excellent job of explaning this simple but often overlooked method of batting. I have bought The Mental Game of Baseball, The Mental Game of Pitching, and The Mental Keys to hitting. These three books are the TOP Three baseball coaching books ever written. I highly recommend this book and the other two books by Mr. Dorfman. This book will teach you the coach how to apply these mental princples to help you to effectively coach your youth league baseball team.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 2, 2008
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The first chapter, about seeing the ball, makes this book worthwhile for anybody. The author makes a good point about hitters worrying too much over minor mechanical details when tracking the ball is so important.

Having said that, this book is about the mental aspects of hitting and assumes that you already have decent mechanics. If you are a high school level player or beyond, there will be useful information here.

If you're a coach of youth teams, reading this book will help you better coach your hitters. There arent many specific swing techniques, but the book is full of advice from the mental aspect of the game. Similarly, there arent many detailed practice plans, but rather a good discussion of attitudes and how to approach practice time. You, as the youth coach, should be using these mental techniques to help your young hitters cope and adjust.

Hitting a baseball is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. That requires both physical and mental skills to perform at peak capacity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paige L. Habgood on July 19, 2010
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My son and I read this book together, since he is only 12 years old. He found it very helpful and has already put some strategies to work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Russell on February 8, 2008
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For some hitters the battle against the pitcher and the defense is lost well before the ball is pitched. As a former head coach and now a hitting instructor at the semi-pro level, I have always been on the lookout for keys and prompts to give to my hitters to clear their mind of everything but a concentration on the ball and solid contact. This book gives me those cues in a simple to understand, and more importantly, a simple way of presenting those mental reminders. I particularly like the three simple questions to ask the hitter after every at bat. "What were you trying to do?", "What went wrong?" ,"What will you do next time?". The techniques suggested to get across to players the oft-repeated theme of this book - "see the ball and be easy!" are easy to understand and implement. I have been much more confident in my ability to get that message into my players heads after reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Barth on April 8, 2009
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I take this book with me in my baseball bag when we go on road trips for consultation after a poor at bat. It is by far the best hitting instructor I have ever had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonja Box on January 5, 2013
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Good well written book. All baseball hitters should read and always begin with the basics. The mental toughness this book projects to players is well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Weber on August 22, 2014
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Know a hitter who has great mechanics? Does well in practice, but seems to struggle during the games? Then this might be the book you need. Perhaps the best book on the subject. It can certainly help a player develop an approach to hitting that is likely missing--or at least improve one. Similar concepts can be found in "The Mental Game of Baseball" but it is worth reading both. This book just focuses and expands on the hitting area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HrtBrk1 on December 29, 2011
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This book is true gold for any ballplayer looking to improve his game. The book goes beyond the physical to focus on the many mental issues a player can use to improve on and off the field.
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