The Scientific Approach To Hitting


Coop DeRenne combines his personal experience as a third-generation
professional baseball player with his professional expertise as the
country's foremost baseball researcher to present The Scientific Approach to
Hitting: Research ...
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Coop DeRenne combines his personal experience as a third-generation
professional baseball player with his professional expertise as the
country's foremost baseball researcher to present The Scientific Approach to
Hitting: Research Explores the Most Difficult Skill in Sport. The book
challenges the traditional view that better hitters make better hitting
coaches and theorists by applying a scientific analysis to the core
components of the swing.

DeRenne, in conjunction with Bio-Kinetics Inc., utilizes three-dimensional
graphic imaging technology to break down the sequence of movements and
balance shifts that must occur in order to create the ideal swing. Using
over 600 players at varying levels of competition as test subjects,
DeRenne's research has deciphered the subtle intricacies of hitting. The
text introduces DeRenne's four absolutes to hitting: Dynamic Balance,
Kinetic Link, Bat Lag, and Axis of Rotation. The four concepts are
demonstrated graphically and with examples in picture of some of the MLB's
all-time greatest sluggers, providing a chance for readers to better
understand the science of hitting while applying it to their own swing.

DeRenne's methods are used and praised throughout the world of professional
baseball and give a competitive advantage to coaches and players at the
high school and collegiate level. The Scientific Approach to Hitting makes
sense of the hardest skill in all of athletics and will have readers running
home to reevaluate and improve their game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609271107
  • Publisher: University Readers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 966,939
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

    Best Hitting Guide Available

    This is an easy to read, step by step guide to optimizing the art of hitting a baseball. It is especially suited for coaches of all ages. DeRenne breaks down the swing into 4 clearly explained (and supported by scientific data) absolutes...Dynamic Balance, Kinetic Link Principle, Bat Lag and Axis of Rotation. The book is well illustrated, although photos are in black and white and could have been better.

    The book includes chapters on seeing the ball more effectively and the metal aspects of hitting.

    What is especially useful is the chapter on exercise and recommended workout schedules (during the season and off season) which we are following at home with our son.

    This is the best book of its kind and far more informative then F.C. Fine's "Batting"; Rod Carew"s "Art and Science of Hitting" or Tom Robson's "The Hitting Edge".

    Finally, if yo are really into science check out "Keep your Eye on the Ball" by Robert G. Watts, currently out of print, but available on BN's link to used books.

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