The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams“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
-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.
The Science of Hitting.
Everything Mike Bryant learned from Williams — from the book, from his tutoring — has stayed with him. And who knows? Maybe Bryant did take a peek. His home run in the bottom of the fourth started the three-run rally that carried the Cubs to a victory in Game 5 and kept the Series alive. Williams peppered his book with stories from his encyclopedic memory and extolled the virtues of using a light bat, letting the hips lead the way on a swing and doing homework on pitchers, whom he characterized as not lacking intelligence, just smarts. It was very hard for me to understand because it was geometry and trigonometry and angles and all that stuff, and the way I was taught was very different. Each had a three-digit number on it based on what Williams thought he would hit against that pitch.
How did he do it? And more importantly, what can we learn from him that will help us make better decisions? Williams understood that an important aspect of improving the odds of making good choices is the ability to distinguish between decisions within our circle of competence and those on the outside. Williams grasped that the way we make decisions — our decision process — matters. A good hitter can hit a pitch that is over the plate three times better than a great hitter with a questionable ball in a tough spot.
There are three things I would emphasize to any hitter before even considering the rudiments of a good swing. These three things are more constant than the swing itself, and every bit as important. He takes too many bases on balls. I had vision. A lot of guys can see that well. A hitter learns in time where his happy zones are. All hitters have areas they like to hit in.
Few great athletes have ever been so articulate about the mechanics of their greatness, which is one reason the book holds up even today, well into the analytics era. A decade ago, Science was required reading for players in the Red Sox system. - Warren Buffett has long recognised the importance of exercising patience and sticking within your circle of competence when investing. Buffett regularly uses the analogy of the baseball player who only strikes the ball when it's in his or her sweet-spot.