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Play The Game With Reckless Abandon Like Hunter Pence

  Have you ever heard the saying that "the guy on top of the mountain didn't fall there"? It paints an accurate picture of a truth about hitting that has stood the test of time. To be the best, to be on top, takes a strategy and the courage to journey and overcome challenges that guide you to where you want to be. Being a hitter is a journey. Becoming a good hitter is an adventure that takes time and sacrifice. This i[...]
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Selective Aggressive Approach Like Adrian Gonzalez.

  I've said this before. " Success leaves clues". If we can learn to recognize what those "clues" are, we can begin to emulate the approach to success that successful players demonstrate. Don't worry, won't being saying the word "success" anymore. So the things about success...oops ;) Is that it begins with having a plan, strategy and the ability to take daily action. I've said this before as well. What I'd like you g[...]
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Make "unhittable" fast-balls look slower w/ this trick.

You've heard it being said many times before. "You can't hit what you can't see". I concur. You're struggling at the plate. You can't buy a hit. You think you're mechanics are off. Did you ever stop to think that you're simply not using your eyes effectively? I've spoken about this topic so many times I've lost count and now my face is turning blue. But I don't mind because I love helping hitters get better. You should know t[...]
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How to build strong hands & forearms for bat-speed!

Holy Snikeys! There stands Albert Pujols, two steps from my team-mates, bending down to pick up a bat and he looks like a 3-D movie. He's far away but his tricep and forearm muscles look like they're POPPING out right in front of your face like a HD 1080 pixeled image of an MLB all-star. "How do I get my arms like those", one of my team-mates blurted out. That's also one of the questions i get from baseball parent's that I work [...]
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How to be a "well rounded" hitter. [Derek Jeter Style]

  So a player and his dad came up to me the other day. The father expressed his present concern about his son's hitting ability. "How can I help my son to be a well rounded hitter"? Suffice to say I'm surrounded by many other parents and players that share the same sentiment. Becoming a great well rounded hitter begins with understanding the psychology and basic principles of doing so. You have to access what your streng[...]

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Make "unhittable" fast-balls look slower w/ this trick.

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You've heard it being said many times before. "You can't hit what you can't see". I concur. You're struggling at the plate. You can't buy a hit. You think you're mechanics are off. Did you ever stop to think that you're simply not using your eyes effectively? I've spoken about this topic[...]

How to build strong hands & forearms for bat-speed!

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Holy Snikeys! There stands Albert Pujols, two steps from my team-mates, bending down to pick up a bat and he looks like a 3-D movie. He's far away but his tricep and forearm muscles look like they're POPPING out right in front of your face like a HD 1080 pixeled image of an MLB all-star. "H[...]

How small players hit for BIG POWER like Jose Altuve!

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  It's 2009. I'm training with the Padres, taking ground balls during batting practice. The player I'm training with asks me, " Hey, have you ever heard of this guy named Jose Altuve?" Nope, I replied. Doesn't ring a bell. "Well he's supposedly the Astros' number one prospect, and he's[...]

How to grow your baseball body big, strong and healthy!

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  There I was, sitting six rows back in the stands from home plate, watching the Blue-Jays compete against the Angels. A fantastic game. However, the thing I enjoyed the most was watching both Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes display their physical prowess. One was big and strong. The other w[...]

Recent Interviews

Kevin Paxson & Bat-Speed w/ The PaxBats!

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  So I walk into the hitting facility to start my hitting lessons for the day and not an hour goes by before I hear, " hey what is that? It looks pretty cool". They're talking about the PaxBat. I use it for all my lessons. As you know, I'm a huge advocate of getting your "required reps" i[...]

Brent Pourciau On Investing In Your Skill-Sets Plus 2x Training

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  Today we're going to be hearing from Brent Pourciau as he speaks about the importance of proper training and how much your mindset influences the results you experience throughout your baseball career. Brent will also be spilling the beans on how fun and exciting developing your player [...]

Coach Trent Mongero On Why He Coaches High-School Baseball

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  Many thanks to High-school coach Trent Mongero for swinging on over to the AoB EXPERTS showt to talk a little baseball. Now if you don't know who Trent Mongero is, you should. Especially if you're a baseball coach who wants to develop the skills that will leave a lasting impact on yo[...]

How To Hit 96 MPH Sinkers And More w/ John Madden

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  A thousand thanks to John Madden from You Go Pro Baseball  for stopping by to share some tips in this week's AoB EXPERTS interview. In this interview, John shares some tips on how he attacked hitters with his 96 mph sinker, how he teaches long-toss, and what his biggest lesson was while[...]
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Mark Brooks

Founder of Art of Baseball Productions & Hitting Machine Academy

Hey there! Thanks for visiting Art of Baseball.

Years ago, I set out on a journey to help young players reach their true potential by understanding the actions, behaviors and beliefs that successful ballplayers demonstrate.

My belief is that if you can recognize what these key "baseball behaviors" are, you can expect to experience similar results.

That's where I come in.

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Mark! Where Should I begin?!

I get a lot of emails from baseball parents, players and coaches who say " Wow Mark, there is so much information here! Where I should begin?!!?". I usually respond with, "Well, it depends on what you're trying to work on"!!

If it's developing bat-speed, I suggest you watch the videos on Bryce Harper's hitting mechanics and Miguel Cabrera's approach at the plate.

If it's mental approaches to hitting and mental toughness advice that you're seeking, I usually suggest watching the interview I did with Steve Springer  or Damian Jackson as well as a video I did on "Keeping Your Head Up & Have Big Baseball Dreams."

Lastly, if your simply just trying to cut to the chase and get your hitting problems solved, I highly suggest you join the Hitting Machine Academy and really understand the process of developing bat-speed, control and overall confidence while making the game fun.

It's not as hard as you think.

For everything else hitting relates, I suggest you take a look at the free resource of hitting videos at artofbaseball.net