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This book was written by the inventor and developer of the V-Flex, Tim Nicely.  It describes the science and technology behind the V-Flex intellectual property patent.  The foreword was written by Hall of Fame great Tony Gwynn who is one of it's biggest ambassador. Its an easy read that will change the way you think about hitting forever.  Tim challenges traditional approaches to training hitters and lays the foundation for faster learning from a brain based perspective.  Avaliable in DVD form only on this site.  Soft back, full color copies are avaliable at Amazon.com.

  

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Inside The Cover:

 

Contents

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Foreword:   Tony Gwynn (San Diego State University)

Part 1: Discovering the V-Flex: (Seeing the un-seeable)

Introduction   

Chapter 1: Reverse Engineering

Chapter 2: Brain Based Learning

Chapter 3: Effecting Probability

Chapter 4: Building a “Real” Strike Zone 

 

Part 2: Intellectual Baseball and the Functioning Brain

Chapter 5: Baseball & Neurology

Chapter 6: V-Flex   vs     Steroids

Chapter 7: Wired For Success

Conclusion: The Epiphany 

 

Acknowledgements

Afterword: Steve Peterson (Middle Tennessee State University)

Index

Bibliography 

www.VflexSports.com

 

Foreword:

tony-gwynn.jpgWithin every baseball player is an ongoing effort to get better at his craft. Whether it is hitting or defense, the desire to excel runs deep. Achieving greatness as a hitter is not an easy task. Hitting a baseball isn’t something you learn overnight, it takes lots of practice. I had lots of guys that showed me things while I was growing up but basically I had to put the time and effort in to reach my goals. I see hitting as a battle between me and the pitcher, and if I have a bat in my hands I don’t intend on losing.

I am as driven as a coach as I was as a player, and I am continually searching for an edge to help my hitters. As a coach, I have watched my guys work hard to become better hitters and they are hard-pressed to succeed. Pitchers are dominating hitters at every level of the game and developing players into disciplined hitters is very challenging. We all aspire to be our best and achieving that mark sometimes requires that we think outside the box. If we never embrace our innovative minds and push the boundaries of learning, how are we ever going to progress as coaches in teaching the art of hitting?

Fundamentally it is; see the ball, hit the ball and run like hell. As inspiring as this sounds’ in theory, in practice it represents a great challenge. It is only natural to cling to the past when the past represents so much of what we have strived to achieve. However, pitching is evolving and demanding continual adaptation from hitters and coaches. Today’s hitters are struggling with pitch recognition and as a result strikeouts continue to rise. Seeing the ball has become increasingly more difficult with pitchers throwing faster and attacking the strike zone like never before. Ted Williams said “the most important thing a hitter could do was get a good pitch to hit”. I agree that swinging at strikes is a major factor in becoming a great hitter.

Indeed, what Tim Nicely brings into focus is that, “transition is coming”. Intense competition has created a new environment for learning and teaching the strike zone. This competitiveness to be the best has made change inevitable. These are demanding times for hitters and the best way to equip you for the fast-paced, ever-competitive world of baseball is to prepare yourself to think. The insightful chapters that follow add the dimension of creative thinking as a prelude to action. Be enlightened, it will change the way you think about hitting. It will change the way you think about baseball.      

 

       ~Tony Gwynn  

 

Chapter 1: chapter-1-seams-original-edited-to-300ppi-2.jpgReverse Engineering (Revolutionizing our approach to strike zone development) 

Our attempt to understand the visual pathways in the brain is much like approaching a machine in which we know nothing about but its basic functions. We all understand the basic function of a car is to get us from point A to point B. If we want to know more about the inner workings of the car, we are forced to dissect it as it runs. We may remove the bumper, horn, AC, and seats and find the car still runs wonderfully. When we remove small parts of the engine piece by piece, until it no longer runs or starts, then we can truly begin to understand how it works. Slowly, we are beginning to understand what parts of the brain are most important for hitting a baseball. V-Flex is the piece of the puzzle that stimulates the visual centers of the brain and we are seeing the results of its impact. 

 

 

                                                              

2-brain-based-learning.jpgChapter 2: Brain Based Learning (How we can help the brain teach the brain)

 Farlow’s Law states, “A man who does not read is not better off than the man who can not read”. This chapter is filled with facts you will acquire by reading. Also, these facts won’t be found in a baseball encyclopedia. As you dive into V-Flex you will be exposed to the validation pieces that support this particular path of discovery. They will help you understand why V-Flex is such a convincing brain based system. Separating the “mind” from the “brain” is essential in learning how to transform behaviors. V-Flex is based in modern thought and educational practices; from the actual device to the many V-Flex reinforcement tools used to create consistency and Engage the Brain”.  

 

   

chapter-3-effecting-probability-300ppi-jpeg-2.jpg  Chapter 3:  Affecting Probability (Enriching the learning environment so hitters learn to swing at strikes.) 

On a broad scale, Probability Theory consists of many parts. Extended logic, formal logic, and deductive and plausible reasoning, are all common parts of probability theory. The two parts we in baseball are concerned with are frequency possibilities and probability interpetatiors.

          Frequency possibilities relate to the objectives or results we are trying to achieve. In hitting, the main objective is to swing at strikes. By doing so, batters hit the ball harder and more often; which cuts down on strike outs. In order to quantify our objective, we have to formulate some possibility interpretations. They are pitches which are strikes and project a light stimulus strong enough to generate a swing by a batter every time.   

 

 

 

 

chapter-4-coach-nolan-plain-480ppi-jpeg-2.jpgChapter 4: Building a "Real" Strike Zone (How the brain uses visual prompts to build a working model of the strike zone.  The strike zone is a living organizism.) 

Our ability to push the limits of human kind is forever at the forefront of progress in sports. Baseball is a sport that is played on the edge of human capabilities and that is why improving batting averages in the baseball is so difficult. Programming an electromagnetic strike zone into the brain is a tricky proposition, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives of not moving forward. We have the ability to improve on the past and that is extremely exciting.  In physics, a lever (from French lever, "to raise") is a rigid object that is used with an appropriate fulcrum or pivot point to multiply the mechanical force that can be applied to another object. This Leverage, which was derived from Newton’s law of motion, is also termed mechanical advantage, and is one example of the principle of motion. A lever is one of the world’s six simple machines. Archimedes once said, "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."In a way the V-flex device acts (figuratively) like a lever. It is the pivot point along the optic channel that makes the seemingly impossible, possible. In striving to reach consistency a batter must allow the brain to be trained in its own language, light.  

 

  

 

chapter-5-neurons-firing-2.jpgChapter 5: Baseball Neurology (How to manipulate certain brain features so the brain will achieve better focus)

 Plasticity is the brains ability to conform and adapt so learning can take place. My favorite definition of plasticity is the possession of a structure weak enough to yield to an influence, but strong enough not to yield all at once. Each relatively stable phase of equilibrium in such a structure is marked by what we call a “new set of habits”. Creating new habits, directly linked to a V-flex patterned strike zone, is the value innovation mentioned earlier in chapter 1. 

 

 

 

 

  

  

chapter-6-steroids-jpeg-2.jpgChapter 6:  Steroids vs V-Flex  (How to avoid the pitfalls of steroids and rely on a safe alternative to enhancing performance) 

Major League Baseball is experiencing a fierce battle in the trenches over the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED). The lure of fame, big contracts, and unrealistic expectations has pressured many players into using steroids. Players are caught in a whirlwind of destruction and dishonor that even time can’t heal. 

          Beginning in 2010, the V-Flex Era of baseball will begin.   New records will be set without the use of steroids. The V-flex visual reflex hitting system is a legal, practical, and intelligent way to improve one’s batting stats without “hitting the drugs”. 

 

 

 

 

chapter-7-game-of-light-jpeg-bordered.jpgChapter 7: Wired for Success  (Brain plasticity and how the wiring in the visual system allows us to hit a baseball or softball) 

If you recall from chapter 5, thresholds are the triggers to the actual muscle contractions during the swing. Once certain thresholds are reached, then a swing will take place. It is still a mystery just how many of these receptors must be stimulated for a swing to be generated but estimates run from hundreds to thousands firing at one time. This bit of knowledge lays a solid foundation for the concept of the better the pitch the greater the likelihood it will generate a swing; since it stays in the eyes receptive field longer. Non strikes are weaker signals and are less likely to generate a swing.  

 

  

 

 

 Conclusion:   The Ephiphany

An enormous amount of resources and time are spent by players desperately trying to find answers to their hitting problems; whether it’s their swing, their stance, opposite field hitting, they are still looking for “the problem.” In retrospect, I have chosen to focus on the “answer.”  

I am not sure how your epiphany will come but mine came in the “blink of an eye”. This seventeen year journey of discovery, tragedy and intrigue came down to one moment of clarity. In an instant my life was changed forever. Learning about the awesome power of the human brain has been more than exciting. Without the brain we could not function; not even blink! Knowing that we can truly make a difference in batters lives is priceless. Helping them to build a better representation of a strike zone in the brain will add to their future successes for years to come.  My hopes and aspirations are that baseball and softball coaches use the V-Flex technology wisely to provide their teams the best opportunity available to become an offensive powerhouse.

Lastly, just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean its not there. Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Remember these two things; we don’t see with our eyes, we see with our brains and learning to believe in something you can’t see isn’t going against nature but rather parallel to it. Through it all, V-Flexible and learn something new every chance you get.   Although my quest for truth in hitting has been long and hard it has certainly been rewarding. So let me leave you with a quote by Calvin Coolidge from which I have drawn strength from many times over those years.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common then unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” 

 

 


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  1. Need This 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Aug 2013

    After reading the book and watching videos of others using the V-flex, I'm convinced it has value, but how much is of concern.
    At the current pricing it's beyond my budget to take a test drive as a private party. I would like to have a place where my grandson in high school could go to train in this system. We live in Orange Co CA.
    Any users of the V-Flex in our area who are open to clients?



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