John Mallee DVD's Teaching Hitting Drills & Teaching the Professional Swing
The science behind hitting
Hitting a Major league fastball is quite possibly the single most difficult skill to execute in all of sports. In fact it is so difficult, that succeeding just 3 out of 10 times is considered to be excellent.
To put things into perspective, a blink of an eye takes 400 milliseconds. A 95 MPH fastball reaches home plate in 395 milliseconds. The batter must start his swing with the ball still 25ft. from the plate or it will be too late. In the last 15ft., the brain and eye cannot work together fast enough, making the ball invisible to the hitter. The moment of contact when a bat strikes a ball lasts just 1/1,000th of a second. The diameter of the baseball and the bat are both a little less than 3 inches.
Short term results or long term benefits
Each year, parents and amateur players will spend approximately $100.00 to $300.00 on a new bat. The science and advances in technology behind the composition and design of bats have come a long way to enhance to the “sweet spot” and increase the hitter’s performance. Even a hitter with serious flaws in his or her mechanics can be fairly successful with some of these bats.
Unfortunately, this success only reinforces poor mechanics and through repetition burns it in to muscle memory making it more difficult to correct later. As the player advances to higher levels of the game, faster and more effective pitching will expose flawed swing mechanics and the player will most likely have a more difficult time making solid contact. That is why it is so important for players, especially younger players to learn and practice proper mechanics.
It is truly more important to invest in developing a better swing, a skill that you can build upon year after year, than a bat that will be tossed out after one or two seasons of use.
Experience is the difference
The foundation of a successful hitter is built on good swing mechanics. With 18 years as a professional coach (Astros, Brewers, Blue Jays, Expos, and Marlins), I have spent thousands of hours reviewing the swings of Minor and Major League players to help them develop and refine their mechanics. Regardless of their hitting style, I have discovered through slow motion video analysis that all successful hitters follow what I call “the 6 Absolutes”.
I have put together what I feel is the most effective and comprehensive collection of hitting drills and hitting instruction available on DVD. In the Big Leagues, success at the plate can make or break multi-million dollar careers. The hitting drills on my DVD’s are what I use and teach Major league hitters.
Whether you are a parent, player, or coach, my DVD's will provide you with the drills necessary to develop proper hitting mechanics and gain a better understanding of what is really behind the Major League swing.
John Mallee and Mike Giancarlo Stanton
March 4th, 2013 - Homework crucial for Astros hitting coach Mallee: When the Astros were searching during the offseason for a hitting coach to pair with a young club loaded with prospects and mid-level pros who had yet to peak, Mallee strode into his interview filled with inside information. He had a vision for where he could take Astros hitters, building off 10 seasons spent with the Marlins, including a 2010-11 stint as hitting coach. "He was the most prepared by far," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. Mallee got the gig. He hasn't looked back. Read more...
February 26th, 2013 - Astros swinging hot bats early in spring slate: With pitchers often focusing on spotting their fastballs and changing speeds early during Spring Training, it's not uncommon for hitters to take advantage of the lack of breaking stuff being thrown. Even so, Astros hitting coach John Mallee has been happy with way his club has swung the bat during the first week of spring games. Houston entered Friday's game against the Cardinals hitting .316 (77-for-244) as a team in seven games. Read more...
February 26th, 2013 - Wallace, Castro stay hot in win over Tigers: The split-squad Astros got a two-run homer from Jason Castro — his second in as many games and a solo shot from Brett Wallace to pull away from the Tigers for a 9-4 win on Tuesday afternoon at rainy Osceola County Stadium. The work IF Brett Wallace put in during the winter with hitting coach John Mallee is paying quick dividends. Wallace went 3-for-4 with a long homer to center field in the win while starting at third base.
February 12th, 2013 - Wallace ready for opportunity: With the Astros now in the AL, Brett Wallace has a golden opportunity to win a starting job at either first base or DH this spring. In preparation for that opportunity, he has been working with new hitting coach John Mallee for the last few days. "Honestly, we have a great relationship," Wallace said. "We hit it off right away. I told him that right now -- this is the best I've felt swing-wise before spring training, and it's only January. I'm excited about that and we're just going to keep working." The two have already made one change to Wallace's mechanics. "We found a way to use my legs better," Wallace said. "We're trying to find a way to keep me there at all times." Read more...
February 10th, 2013 - Bret Wallace seeks reward from adjusted hitting: Wallace tries out tweaks to swing. There were moments when Brett Wallace felt right last season. His stroke was smooth, his swing was solid, and his bat cracked upon contact. Wallace was too often off-balance, though, hitting .253 and striking out 73 times in 66 games. Read more...
October 19th, 2012 - Mallee hired as Astros hitting coach: The Houston Astros have hired John Mallee as hitting coach and added Dave Trembley to the coaching staff. Read more...
March 11th, 2011 - Mike Stanton's creative power has no limits:
Jupiter, Fla.- Light shone through the open door, creating a blinding glare as Mike Stanton took one swing after another in an indoor batting cage. He asked the coach tossing pitches to move over slightly - in the direction of the door. "He wanted the light in his eyes," said John Mallee, the Florida Marlins' batting coach and co-architect of Stanton's potent stroke. Read more...
John Mallee Interview "77 hits in 7 games for the Astros"
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