Four big leaguers show how baseball skills translate into big drives and low scores

Baseball, April 2010
Angus Murray
From left to right: Paul O'Neill, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr. and John Smoltz.

JOHN SMOLTZ
Braves, Red Sox, Cardinals
MLB seasons: 21 (and counting)
Career numbers: 213 wins, 154 saves, 3,084 strikeouts, 3.33 ERA
All-Star Teams: 8
Handicap: 0
Golf talk: "I'm serious about trying to play the Champions Tour. It will obviously be a huge challenge, but I don't have a problem with that."

Visualize the Target
The Fault
One of the biggest challenges on the mound, and on the golf course, is proper aim. We've all hit solid shots that miss the target because our alignment was poor, which is often due to a lack of focus.

The Fix
When I'm pitching I always focus hard on my target before I go into my windup. I recommend doing the same thing in your preshot routine. Lock in on your target before you assume your setup, and then again right before you start your swing. Keep the image clearly in your mind and you'll throw strikes every time.

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