Why Do Hitters Step in the Bucket?
Baseball hitting secrets and solutions from a pro.

Hitting mechanics have evolved into two competing schools: “rotational,” populated by devotees of Ted Williams, and “linear,” by followers of Charlie Lau. Theses two camps argue with great enthusiasm for their respective causes - with the close-minded stubbornness of political parties.

While this controversy rages, hitters suffer from partial understanding. Full understanding is required for hitters and hitting instructors to reach their maximum potential.

The problem with both schools is that many examples of excellent hitting can be found in either of them. Each discipline has its superstar athletes with superstar numbers to refute the other.

My premise is that neither school can claim to have the definitive style because there are superstars who hit with rotational mechanics (Albert Pujols) and other superstars who use linear mechanics (Ichiro Suzuki). Many have traits of both schools, so, it seems logical that both camps have excellent points.

There should be a way to explain the successes, and failures, of both systems. My method of understanding, critiquing, and improving a swing does exactly that.

I call it the Correct Performance Zone(sm) method and it explains how hitters can be successful in both schools of mechanics.

The truth is that both schools perform WITHIN certain Correct Performance Zones(sm) that will be quite evident once the reader learns what they are.

This book will teach you how to critique and improve ANY swing, including your own if you are a player. Coaches will be better hitting instructors, players will be better hitters, and parents will know that their children are getting the best instruction available. Once we know what is really going on, we can stop arguing about which school is best, and use the one, or parts of both, that best suit the hitter’s own native capacities.

My proven Correct Performance Zone(sm) method of analyzing and improving a baseball swing answers common questions with an easy to understand set of objective tools that work at any age level. I know they work because I used them for five years in my Baseball Technical School (co-founded with Jeff Knox, formerly of the Yankees organization).

Every book on baseball mechanics written to date, regardless of which school it promotes, leaves players, coaches, and parents with hundreds of instructions that are at best confusing and often conflicting. Frustrated players, coaches, and parents struggle to understand why one player steps in the bucket, then another player pulls her head off the ball, another pops up every pitch, one pulls everything, and another hits everything to the opposite field.

Strife abounds in hitters, their parents, and coaches, because they don’t have simple tools with which to analyze hitting mechanics. Hundreds of suggestions come from every corner but the suggestions don’t always work. Few of the advice givers really know what they’re talking about.

Why Do Hitters Step in the Bucket, for the first time in the history of the game, provides simple "prime" indicators that point to the problems then show how to fix them. Four imaginary rods point to every common problem which hitters can encounter. The rods, or Prime Indicators, in combination with Correct Performance Zones(sm), define the relevant facets of hitting mechanics. The indicators and performance zones were developed through my expertise as a ten-year Major League veteran who hit .300 twice in the big leagues, and who has taught hitting for more than 30 years.

My Baseball Technical School used these simple methods to teach hundreds of players, coaches, and parents over a five-year period. Each student was videotaped and improvement was measured over a six-week class period. Classes were 3 hours long, once a week, and students ranged in age from eight year-old Little Leaguers to college players in their early 20’s, including female players.

Most hitting manuals are technical tomes that are difficult to read, but Why Do They Step in the Bucket is filled with stories from baseball that help to keep readers interested. My purpose in using anecdotes is to instruct and entertain at the same time. Relevant stories accompany most of the instructional discussions, and humorous anecdotes are interspersed for interest.

I know this book is needed because I’ve seen what other methods of instruction do to young hitters. The goal of my work is to help any hitter, parent, or coach, learn what they need to know to become expert hitting instructors themselves. Using my methods, hundreds have already achieved that goal, and many more will learn from my book.

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