The Science of Hitting

The Science of Hitting

by Ted Williams, John Underwood
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The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams, John Underwood

“Baseball’s last .400 hitter share[s] his secrets in this primer still used at all levels of the game.” —Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick

Now fully revised with new illustrations and diagrams, the classic—and still the greatest—book on hitting from the last baseball player to break the magic .400 barrier, Ted Williams.

Ted Williams was arguably the greatest pure hitter who ever lived. A lifelong student of hitting, he sought advice from every great hitter—and pitcher—he met. Drawing on that advice, as well as his own legendary life in baseball, Williams produced the all-time batting classic, The Science of Hitting. Using its detailed illustrations, anecdotes, and concise coaching, players of all skill levels will learn how to improve their fundamentals and gain keen insights into the finer points of hitting, including:

-How to Think Like a Pitcher and Guess the Pitch
-The Three Cardinal Rules for Developing a Smooth Line-Driving Swing
-The Secrets of Hip and Wrist Action
-Pitch Selection
-Hitting the Opposite Way

The Science of Hitting is a must-read for all baseball players looking to improve their turn at bat and for all coaches and parents teaching the sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671621032
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 04/28/1986
Edition description: Revised edition
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 42,479
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Ted Williams won the American League batting championship six times and was given a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He was the last man to bat .400 in major league baseball and has been considered America’s leading sports fisherman. With John Underwood, he coauthored Fishing “The Big Three” and his autobiography, My Turn at Bat.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book on hitting by one of the greates all-time hitters, Ted Williams. In a nutshell, its a book designed to teach the reader to hit better by showing them a comprehensive look at the science behind hitting. A few things that seemed to stand out:

-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!

Highly recommended for anyone who wants to hit a ball better, I found it to be 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, The Science of Hitting was written by Ted Williams and John Underwood. It was published by Simon and Schuster Inc. This book is great for you if you are going through rough times at the plate. It will give you little tips on what to concentrate on to make your swing simpler. You will not even know that you are doing this until it is brought to your attention in this book. The Science of Hitting is also good for you if you are just starting out in hitting. I believe that Ted¿s little tips will help you be a good hitter. It obviously worked for him he is in The Hall of Fame and the last person to hit 400 in the majors. I¿m not saying if you read this book you are going to go pro. I¿m saying this book will help with the fundamentals of hitting. If you are having trouble with the mental aspect of hitting then this book is for you. It tells you what to do in each spot you are batting in the lineup. It gives you keys on what to look for in certain counts and with certain pitchers. These little edges you pick up will raise your batting average. I can speak from experience. After trying these on my high school team I have seen a gradual increase in my batting average over the past 4 years. If you can not hit the outside pitch if your life depended on it then you must read what Ted has to say about what to do. He gives you drills and some other things to do to improve on hitting the outside pitch. This book is not like other coaching books. It is different because the author uses actually things that happened in his life and you know it really happened because he was in the majors and a lot of people witnessed it. Unlike in other books you actually know who the author is. He keeps you entertained throughout the book. If you are bored and do not think you can practice on baseball by yourself then you must read this book to see what you can do to actually get better without anyone working with you. You need to have the dedication to make it in the majors. In this book Ted could not emphasize this enough. After reading this book I would defiantly recommend this book to someone trying to get better at their craft. After you read this book you will have a lot more knowledge about the game then you had before. You will learn drills to do, what to do in certain situations, and to watch the game even if you are not playing because you can still get better by doing that. So if you are down to be a better hitter than go out and by this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best hitting book in stores. All I needed to know is that Ted Williams wrote it. I have always had a quick bat and above average power, but being a left-handed pull hitter, I had a hard time not getting under an outside pitch and pop out. I had to learn how to hit to the opposite field with out popping out all the time. This book has excelent tips on hitting opposite field and other great fundementals. I personaly believe that anyone who wants to become a great hitter should pick up this book. This is a 5-star fundementals book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't getting off to a good start hitting in my Pony League season. It was only until I missed all of the practice balls thrown to me in practice that I said,'OK, I'm in trouble.' I started reading the book and couldn't put it down. It got some humor and really makes you think. Buy it.
KCIRBU More than 1 year ago
The greatest hitter of all time spends far less time teaching and way too much time spinning yarns. Not very helpful.