Develop a complete approach to hitting in this video with Ron Jackson, hitting coach of the world champion Boston Red Sox. Jackson has given his hitters an approach to hitting that has made them one of the best hitting teams in major league history, leading major league baseball in 10 offensive categories (2003-2004), and setting all-time major league records in extra base-hits (649), total bases (2,832), and slugging percentage (.491). Along with talent and hard work, all great hitters have an approach to hitting and can identify what makes them succeed and what does not lead to successful hitting. Jackson teaches how to best observe pitchers to help identify their tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses by focusing on different aspects of their delivery and mental preparation. He also stresses the importance of knowing yourself as a hitter and using personal strengths to gain an advantage at the plate. Jackson then gives a specific approach and recommended contact points for the fastball, curveball, slider, change-up, split-finger, and knuckle ball. In addition, Coach Jackson helps hitters know what hitting zones to focus on according to pitch type and count, and how to make adjustments accordingly. Hitters will learn how to develop a "good eye" at the plate by tracking each pitch using drills that will help them know the strike zone better. These principles to developing a hitting approach, combined with their natural ability and hard work, will make them a more successful and complete hitter!
40 minutes. 2005.
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