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Catapult Loading System: How To Teach 100-Pound Hitters To Consistently Drive The Ball 300-Feet Paperback – January 3, 2017
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About the Author
My Name is Joey Myers, and I’m the founder of the Hitting Performance Lab. I've played 4 years of Division-1 baseball at Fresno State from 2000-2003. I’m a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA), and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). I’m also partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). I’m a certified Youth Fitness Specialist (YFS) through the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and Vinyasa yoga instructor…AND, I’m also certified in the Functional Muscle Screen (FMS). I’ve spent 11+ years in the corrective fitness field, and have a passionate curiosity to help other players – just like yours – dramatically improve performance through the science of human movement.
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Principles were practical and helpful. I'm looking forward to implementing many of the tips in practice.
Some of the claims, such as consistently tripling your body weight in batted ball distance are far fetched or at least only literally applicable to small kids. I mean, is Aaron Judge going to be able to hit a ball 861'? So maybe a age or body weight qualifier would be in order there.
It also would help to discuss what bats you use in some tests or what bats were used by any in your examples. Not all bats are going to be the same.
A number of years back I realized that my swing was no longer working and endeavored to make changes. Over the last four years I have spent an exceptional amount of time studying the baseball swing and reading/watching instruction from a large variety of swing teachers.
In my experience, I've found that hitters can, to some degree, get away with poor mechanics, especially if exceptionally large or strong ...but as hitters age and/or begin to face better pitching, their swing flaws are invariably exposed.
Myers' book looks at swing traits that some of the better, smaller hitters (Pedroia, Donaldson, Bautista, etc) have in common.
Today there are many swing gurus online. Much of the information out there is incomplete, or flat wrong. Some teachers inherently understand the baseball swing, but have difficulty explaining it. Some of the instruction out there is very costly, some bogs you down with confusing drills.
Myers' book is the best source I've found that combines a sound, fundamentally-correct hitting approach with easy-to-follow instruction and a low cost.
While the book does (necessarily) get into the science of the body as it relates to hitting, it makes it easy to understand and actually entertaining. Its few drills are likewise easy to comprehend and practice.
Finally, this book contains some information that I've never seen anywhere else else, and it's "now I get it!" stuff.
I highly recommend this book to all players and coaches who are interested in swing improvement.
** FULL DISCLOSURE ** I was provided a complimentary kindle version of this book for the purpose of evaluation.
Best part, to me, was part on sticky coaching and not saying "good job" or providing to much feedback. His 3 questions are very good
There was nothing I did not like about this book...it's a keeper! Great information for coaches and players, alike...even old active players like myself.
Material mostly conveys "of a system", not too much on "how to system" use. However, I do appreciate the perspective, and enjoy the book.