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Slowpitch Softball Hitting presents everything you need to know before stepping into the batters’ box. With this mini e-book, learn how to make the most of each at-bat from senior softball Hall of Famer Rainer Martens and his wife, Julie Martens.
Supported by over 45 years of softball experience and PhDs in the sport sciences, Rainer and Julie present detailed information about techniques related to hitting, such as strike zone recognition, stances, bat selection, and grips. Aside from the basics, you’ll learn how to hit for average and increase your bat speed to generate power in various game situations. Different situations within a game require different types of hits to generate runs. Learn how to increase your precision and take your productivity at the plate to new heights.
The mini e-book Slowpitch Softball Hitting is an abridged version of the comprehensive book Complete Guide to Slowpitch Softball (Human Kinetics, 2011). The content here is unique because it is specific to the slowpitch game, not merely fastpitch advice modified for slowpitch players. This sharp focus is what makes Slowpitch Softball Hitting such a valuable resource for all who play the game.
Rainer Martens has been playing softball for four decades. He is a stand-out player and coach for the Florida Legends, the most decorated senior softball team in the United States with over 80 national championships. In 18 national tournaments, Martens-coached teams have won 16 national championships and placed second in the other two. His passion and achievements in softball were recognized when he was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rainer Martens has written 16 books and hundreds of articles. His book Successful Coaching has sold over 1 million copies, and it is the top-selling coaching book of all time.
Julie Martens is the team manager, scorekeeper, and statistician for the Florida Legends senior softball team. Through her years of playing women’s and coed slowpitch softball and as team manager, she’s developed an exceptional knowledge of the sport.
Rainer and Julie Martens both received PhDs in sport psychology from the University of Illinois. They have been married since 1992 and reside in Ormond Beach, Florida. In addition to watching, playing, and traveling for softball, they enjoy biking and photography in their spare time.