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Hitting a Baseball: The most difficult thing to do in sports!

Hitting a baseball is arguably the most difficult feat in all of sports. Players that have done it well have earned fantastic incomes and often legendary status in American culture.

In the modern era, every team has hitting coaches and sometimes sports psychologists to help players improve their ability at hitting a baseball. They have video and computers to help break down and analyze every at bat, indeed, every pitch. They have strength and conditioning coaches to help them maintain a level of strength, and fitness that will allow them to excel at hitting a baseball over long periods of time. Yet, with all this technology and knowledge are hitters today better than hitters of yesteryear?

Mechanics v. Mental Approach

Most hitting programs being sold today focus on the mechanics of the swing with a little attention focused on the mental aspect of hitting. There are a couple of outstanding programs available to develop the proper mechanics for hitting a baseball. The little time spent on the mental aspect of hitting lacks a complete understanding of the mental role in athletic performance.

Most hitting coaches are former players who may or may not know how to teach the proper hitting techniques. Even the good ones don’t fully understand the entire hitting process.

As someone who has played baseball for 40 years but was never accomplished at hitting a baseball I wondered how much I could have trained myself to be a better hitter. How much could I have overcome whatever genetic limitations I may or may not have had to become a major league player?

With training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Advanced Behavioral Modeling™, Time-Line Therapy™, and hypnosis and years of teaching and coaching children I decided to put my extensive training to use to develop an approach to hitting that focused on the hitting zone and developing the complete hitter.

Developing an Expert Model

In order to do this I had to develop a hitting model. I had to discover what common traits the best at hitting a baseball of all time had or have. I needed to find out what beliefs and values they shared as well as what their internal mental approach to hitting was or is. Finally, I needed to model their physiologies. In order to develop a successful training model you must model the best of the best. The larger your pool of “experts” the more idiosyncratic the model becomes. To be the best you must study the best.

Who are the best hitters ever to play the game? That question has been debated for generations. Every fan has their favorites and legitimate arguments for whether Ruth or Williams, Mantle or Mays, or any other players were the best ever. I was not interested in determining the best player, only the best hitter. The first phase of the research was to determine who the best of all-time are at hitting a baseball .

When a player steps to the plate his role is to generate a run for his team. There three ways a hitter can generate runs or help to generate runs for his team. First, a player needs to be able to reach base by a hit, walk, or hit by pitch.

The second way is by advancing someone who is already on base. A hitter can advance runners with sacrifice flies, sacrifice hits, base hits, extra base hits, hitting behind runners, or possibly walks, and hit by pitches. The third way is by getting yourself into scoring position. Players get themselves into scoring position by getting extra base hits or by stealing bases.

In choosing the best of the best I had to recognize that every era was different. I needed to find common ground and decide which statistics to look at. The only fair way to do this was to compare the chosen statistics of the players to the average player during the years they played. There have been many changes to the game of baseball over the decades that have affected hitting. Night baseball, artificial turf, domed stadiums, plane travel, longer seasons, lower pitching mound to name just a few.

It is generally agreed that modern day athletes are bigger, stronger, faster, quicker, and healthier than athletes of earlier eras. We cannot, however, assume that had these athletes of the past lived in the modern era they would not have compared as favorably today has they did when they played.

Shoeless Joe Jackson is a perfect example of why comparison to his peers was crucial. Old timers talked about how great he was. They would rave about his power and his speed. Playing in the dead ball era for most of his career it is difficult to determine how much power he had unless we compare him to his peers. We can see that he certainly did have power when we do that. He is 7th on my list for slugging percentage. [Not 7th for slugging percentage for all players, just those who made the cut as the best of the best.]

I analyzed players in the Baseball Hall of Fame and top ten career leaders in the fore-mentioned categories. I discovered that 4500 at bats would not disqualify you for the hall of fame, there are players with fewer at bats. Also, 4500 at bats represents 9 years of 500 at bats which is enough at bats to do a reasonable statistical analysis. Players were ranked in relationship to the average player.

The average player’s score was a 100 and in four of the five categories you wanted to be higher than 100. The only category you wanted to be lower than the average player was the number of strikeouts you had. Players were awarded points for being above the league average and lost points for being below the league average. The points corresponded directly to the value above or below 100 the player was.

I decided to give the top 10 in every category bonus points to help narrow down the field. A player received 100 points for being ranked number one in the category and they received 10 points if they were ranked number 10.

My next step was to determine a cutoff point on the number of players I wanted to model. I found that if a player were 10th in the five categories I used he would receive 239 points. That became my cut off. There were only 14 players who had 239 or more points. They were my experts. They represent the top 1/10 of 1% of those who ever played.

The experts

So, who were the experts at hitting a baseball? They are:

Rogers Hornsby, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Joe Jackson, Albert Pujols, Tris Speaker, Tony Gwynn, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Nap Lajoie, Stan Musial, Joe Dimaggio.

Now, you can have them has your hitting coach, teaching you the secrets to hitting a baseball well and consistently! Here is how.

The Hitting Zone

What is the hitting zone?

The Hitting Zone represents a great deal of research and utilizes cutting edge behavioral techniques to have the listener develop the ability to adopt the beliefs, values, strategies, and physiological aptitude of the greatest hitters.

Anyone who has played baseball for anytime can recall a time when hitting a baseball was easy. They will often talk in metaphors about how the ball looked like a beach ball or it was coming in slow motion. When a player is hitting well and in the zone that is exactly what happens in their mind.

The question becomes how does someone consistently enter that zone? The difference between a .350 batting average and a .250 batting average over the course of a season is 50 hits in roughly 150 games or 1 more hit every 3 games. That is the difference between an average player and one of the greatest to ever play the game.

One thing I noticed about the greatest of all-time were their "slumps" were less severe and shorter. They tend to "see" the ball better and more consistently. While some of this can be genetic, a good chunk of this is a physiological state.

The Hitting Zone is an audio recording that lasts about 10 minutes. It uses hypnotic language techniques, including triple induction and metaphor, to communicate with your unconscious.

Listening to it regularly causes your unconscious mind to receive the "instructions" for entering the hitting zone, which is required for consistency in hitting a baseball.

You will:

* develop the beliefs of the top 1/10 of 1% of all players

* develop the unconscious mental strategies the greatest of the greats used

* develop the unconscious habit of entering the zone more consistently

* "wire" your unconscious to your body so when work is done on the mechanics of the swing your body and mind are already "synchronized."

Unlike other programs this recording is not about getting into a general state that slows time down. That is very valuable. This program though is based on research into what really made the best of the best different from the rest. NO ONE else has done this research.

A one time opportunity to get this at 75% off

The first tests of the Hitting Zone were overwhelmingly positive; but, they were very limited. One former major league player used the Hitting Zone as part of the earliest development and after that it has been used by several players from college to little league.

Over 90% of the players had "career" years. NO player had a year worse than their previous year. All the college players earned league recognition for their seasons.

I now need to gather more data. The sample was too small to say that it was the Hitting Zone that caused the improvement in their success at hitting a baseball.

I am looking for 200 players to send us their statistics from before they started using the program and after. The stats need to be at least your previous 50 plate appearances and your latest 50 plate appearances. The more plate appearance the better, especially for the older baseball players.

We want anecdotal stories that outline how this helped your ability to consistently hit a baseball. We will use these stories in marketing this program. If you believe it helped you at hitting a baseball and let me know, with statistical evidence as well, I will return 75% of the cost of the program.

The initial investment on your part is my way of being sure you are truly committed to using this program and providing the data. For it to work you must use it.

If you think your improvement came from some other source and the product did not deliver I will refund the full purchase price. I am sure that for the vast majority of you who try it, you will see results. The $48 purchase price is a very small investment. I charge 10 times that for a private session and plan to be charging $80 when I fully roll this out.

To participate just fill out the form below and then purchase the program, which you will download. It is in MP3 format. More details will be sent via e-mail. Remember when you send me your before and after stats I will refund 50% of the purchase price.

You will be getting all of this for just $24 after you submit your statistics at the end of the season. That is a savings of $56! The cost to you of this offer has already been increased, act now so you can get take advantage of this opportuntiy.

This offer will disappear after I have an additional 200 people committed to providing the data.

I look forward to working with you and to your increased success at hitting a baseball.

Fill out this form now and submit it to become better at hitting a baseball!

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Research Update

Here are the results from research conducted over this past baseball season.

Games Before - 19
Games During - 19

BA before - .283
BA after - .360

OBA before - .436
OBA after - .452

PROD before - .782
PROD after - .901

Runs/G before - 4
Runs/G after - 7

One of the apparent reasons for the greater increase in batting average (BA) versus on base percentage (OBP)was that the players saw the ball that much better they felt more confident commanding the strike zone.

We still need more participants to improve the research. If you coach a high school or college team and would be interested in participating in 2012 contact us to make arrangements.