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Kevin Hussey | Apr 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Hitting and the Technical Domino Effect

There are hundreds of small techniques that a hitter can use to their advantage. Some techniques are more important than others but all of them have a purpose. It's rare for someone to know all the proper techniques with regard to hitting, but as long as you know what you're trying to accomplish, you can determine what’s needed to properly execute the skill. In this instance I will be discussing how to prevent pulling off the ball and why that’s important to avoid. A technique necessary for every hitter is to be able to put themselves in a position where they can keep their head and body on the ball as long as possible. Here's how you can make that happen.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting, hitting zones, hitting mechanics, The Baseball Zone, hitting stride issues, Canada

Rick Johnston | Apr 16, 2011 10:38:00 AM

Successful Baseball Hitting Zones Part II

4 Hitting Zones for Success in Baseball

In Part I of this blog we introduced the notion of knowing your own hitting zones and when they apply. We also covered Hitting Zones 1 & 2 which are your best situations for success. Now we cover Zones 3 & 4, which may not be as fruitful for high averages and slugging %'s, but are just as crucial to becoming a complete hitter.

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting strategy, hitting approach, hitting, hitting zones, two strike approach

Rick Johnston | Apr 13, 2011 6:08:00 PM

Successful Baseball Hitting Zones Part I

4 Hitting Zones for Success

In 1990 George F. Will wrote a #1 New York Times Bestseller titled "Men at Work, The Craft of Baseball". In it, he writes briefly about the famous picture of Ted Williams's colour coded strike zone filled with baseballs, in the book "The Science of Hitting". In that picture, the strike zone was divided into different coloured sections showing hitting percentages Williams would hit if he swung at those pitches in that area. "The strike zone," Ted Williams wrote "is approximately the width of seven baseballs, allowing pitches on 'the black' being called strikes. When the batter starts swinging at pitches JUST TWO INCHES out of that zone, he has increased the pitcher's target from approximately 4.2 square feet to about 5.8 square feet...an increase of 38 percent. Allow a pitcher that much more of an advantage and you will become a .250 hitter."

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Topics: hitting tips, hitting instruction, hitting strategy, hitting approach, hitting, hitting zones

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