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The Science of Hitting Paperback – April 29, 1986
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As a boy, all Ted Williams wanted was to be the best hitter there ever was. Through his storied tenure with the Red Sox, he pretty much got his wish. He not only hit, he knew how to hit; there was no keener, more devoted, more articulate student of the art. The Science of Hitting is his comprehensive book of wisdom and anecdote, a baseball bible that offers clear, concise, well-illustrated, fundamental information on how to hit a baseball and, just as important, how to think about hitting a baseball. Williams's first commandment is "Get a good pitch to hit," and, in one of baseball's most dramatic teaching tools--a photograph that divides his strike zone into 77 baseballs, seven wide by 11 high--Williams projects what he would hit at each pitch location, from .230 on the low-outside strike to .400 in what he called his "happy zone," the heart of the plate belt high. In 1941, that happy zone was obviously ecstatic; Williams hit .406 that year, the last to break the magic .400 barrier.
Wade Boggs American League batting champion A major influence on my basic hitting skills through my formative years and a must for learning and knowing the strike zone.
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-the style of writing is like he's standing there talking to you which makes for an easy read
-the batting advice is pretty thorough leaving no stone unturned
-the battting advice is based on science
-the pictures demonstrating the techniqes are OUTSTANDING and include all angles including some very good overhead shots
-the stories he tells of other baseball players are priceless!
I highly recommend The Science of Hitting for anyone who wants to hit a ball better, and a very well-rounded book based on both science AND experience. Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that interferes with your playing.
When you get to his chart on pitch selection, you must realize that this is his chart. It is not the chart by which all batters should be measured.
There are three zones.
The Umpires strike zone, The Actual Strike Zone, and A players hitting zone. A batter has to understand all three.
A low inside pitch may be in the actual strike zone, however it is not in either the Players hitting zone or the umpires zone. There is no reason to swing at this pitch as it will be a ball.
A belt high fastball a little bit outside, may be a ball in the eyes of the umpire, but it is in the hitters zone, he needs to hit it.
With two Strikes and an umpire with a low strike zone, it's not in the strike zone, it's not in your zone, but it's in the umpires zone, you better be ready to hit it.
There is no point in arguing a strike, you're never going to win. Never Never Never.
I teach & coach little league baseball for my 7 year old son's baseball team. Not the head coach, but the one who helps them with their batting and hitting skills.
I picked this book up before practice began, and didn't actually read it for a couple weeks... the kids were NOT hitting very well. So, on a Friday night I read the WHOLE book and was AMAZED at the simplicity that Ted laid out the principles of good hitting.
The back elbow up, cocking your hips and then swinging a somewhat level swing with a slight upswing to it, made all the sense in the world.
We implemented this with the kids, and the next game EVERY kid got a hit... man, it feels good. So, if you are a hitter, or COACH little league... GET THIS BOOK. It will only make each player on your team a better hitter.