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Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Power, Precision, and Long-Term Performance Paperback – April 15, 1991

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Edition Unstated edition (April 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671705814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671705817
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well this was a severe disappointment. I was expecting some insight on his mechanics, going into grave detail... The information on pitching form was extremely generic and repetitive. There is absolutely no unique insight that you couldn't get from using an internet search engine. It all comes down to this: keep your weight back during the leg kick (don't move forward), and then have a controlled fall towards the plate. Thats about it. Chapter 1 was fluff about his career and Ryan's various coaches, chapter 2 was mostly fluff about mental attitude, and chapter 3 was the only instruction on how to properly throw the baseball.

The rest of the chapters were just an "introduction to weight lifting and stretching". Chapter after chapter of what weights to lift, and how to lift them. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad weight training information... but there are far better weight training books out there and the excercises are not really unique to baseball or pitching. Generic normal excercises, like the ones you'd find in any weight training book (there are only so many ways you can lift a dumbell).

I was looking to the book for some deeper insight into mechanics, and maybe some more illustration of ryans form. I wanted to dissect his delivery, and see how his pitching style differed from my own. The book did not deliver.

To those other reviews that claim conditioning is the reason ryan was so successful... I'd say you are partially right. Conditioning is important. Its also very basic. I don't need a book telling me how to do squats or shoulder presses. The act of throwing the baseball, on the other hand, is extremely complicated. This is where you need the most information...

This is not an "ultimate guide" to anything.
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Nolan breaks down his book into mechanics and training in a very readable format. The critics who said that the book focuses too much on conditioning and not enough on pitching secrets are missing the boat: CONDITIONING IS HIS PITCHING SECRET. How else did he last 27 years?
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By Tommy on November 30, 2011
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I honestly was hoping for a little more. Specifics about pitching motion were not as prevalent as I hoped. There was a lot of good information about Nolan Ryan, how he trained, how he thought etc. This was very interesting, but not what I was expecting. There was a lot of information on Nolan Ryan's work out habits and nutrition. Again, it was interesting, but just not what I was hoping. I was thinking that it would have more details on the pitching motion, holding the ball etc. This book was almost more of a Nolan Ryan biography.
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I read this book when I was a kid and when it first came out. My father and I used it as a tool when I was growing up to help gain some insight on what a successful pitcher does and how a successful pitcher mentally prepares and physically prepares for the game of pitching/baseball. This book is meant for kids that have been pitching that receive consistent proper instruction and it is meant to be like a bible as it states in its title. This book is not meant to teach adults/kids who have never pitched before how to pitch. If you need that kind of help, you won't find it in any book, you need to seek professional assistance, crawl out of your shell and go talk to someone who has the appropriate relevant experience dealing with pitching and baseball! To give you an example, I was an 8 year old kid that wanted to pitch and never had and asked my dad if he would talk to the coach. My father told me he would but first I needed to show him that I truly wanted it by practicing and spending my own time/energy doing it, then he would spend his time talking to the coach. After 6 months of daily grind preparing myself to pitch and showcase my skills, my father finally talked to the coach about allowing me to pitch. I got my shot! Point of this story is I prepared by going out and working, not by reading a book, years later I was drafted by a professional baseball team, played Div.1 baseball and still to this day I have my "Pitchers Bible" at my side and coach a high school baseball team. Don't misunderstand what this book is!
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i got this book the same time i got Tuff Cuff for my son. the workouts in this book are basically the same as Tuff Cuff (although not nearly as in depth). what sets this book apart is Nolan's explanation of the mental side of the game, preparing mentally for the game and planning one pitch to the next. Tuff Cuff covers everything except the mental preparation. this is a great book to pair with Tuff Cuff, so you can prepare for both aspects of the game at the same time. if you do the Tuff Cuff work-outs and use Nolan's mental approach, you are ahead of anything the competition might try to throw at you
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As a pitching coach I am always looking for new ideas or even a different slant on an old idea and already several ideas have stood out.

I think there are ways that velocity can be increased with some of the subtle twists n this book. It may take changing mind sets and old habits but will be effective.
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Tons of pitching information but Nolan really kind of only goes "skin" deep. The physical preparation is superb, it describes and shows detailed pictures of Nolan's entire workout regimen and it is quite a workout, even for non ball players. The part that I was really disappointed in was the diet portion, I get that he was one of the greatest pitchers of all time but when talking about what to eat for breakfast, he often says something like "I ate a lot of fruit" & "I get room service to bring it early." Uhm, none of us have room service.... So should I just eat an entire watermelon? I just wish him and Tom would have gotten more in depth on some of the technical stuff, especially when you call it a "pitching bible". That implies to me that I should be able to follow it like a blueprint to replicating an MLB career but I guess I just felt like they left a few things out. With that being said it dwarfs other books on the subject because it includes Nolan's entire weight training program, stretching, tension bands & ab workout. Good book but falls short of the greatness to be expected from Nolan Ryan.
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