Baseball Hitting Clips

As many of you remember, we used to post a multitude of hitters, both baseball and softball, to illustrate the mechanics we teach. We have decided to only post a few on our new website because basically it showed the same "hitting envelope" that hitters are obliged to enter as they swing.

One of my definitions of the "perfect" swing is "the adjustment the hitter makes to the pitch he gets." Being able to make these adjustments, i.e., matching the swing plane to the pitch plane, is paramount to staying in the contact zone for as long as possible.

Consider that all pitchers are taught to to get the hitter to hit the top-half of the ball. Why then do so many teach the hitter to hit the top-half of the ball? Does this make sense? Does it sound logical that hitters are taught to do exactly what pitchers want them to do? 

Mike's tip: "Swing level to the BALL—not level to the GROUND."


Josh Fleck
Littleton, CO
"Here is a quick video of Josh this weekend. He is hitting the crap out of the ball.  This one, one-hopped the fence (340').
When slowed down (frame by frame), his swing position looks really good and he really sees the ball welll…makes for a great combination. He was 7 for 8 two weekends ago and 3-5 this last weekend and hit over .600 in the spring.  Lots of doubles, triples, and line drives…."  — Dave

Joey Tomko
Blacklick, OH

Joey played SS the entire year for Gahanna Lincoln Varsity as a freshman. He hit 11 doubles, 2 homeruns, 39 RBI, and a .370 BA in 31 games.

In the regional finals against the #1 team in the state, Cincinnati Lakota West, he went 2 for 3 with a homerun and a double off the wall.

He was selected first team all-league in the Ohio Capital Conference and honorable mention all-district.

Thanks to both of you for all your help. He really has come a long way and the hitting technique and mental approach are all "Epstein" driven. We will try to get him a refresher this fall either in Cleveland or Denver.

Update: 5/4/08:
Mike, I bought your program in December and I’ve made all our coaches learn your methods. We've been using your teaching process in our program so far this season and I have been pleased with the results. We are fortunate to have a player on our team that has been to your program, Joey Tomko (left). His father has a cage in their basement and has opened it to some key players on our team to work with them on their swing. They worked all winter and their results have been impressive. Those players are now helping other players along with our coaches and we are seeing results in the entire program. I still have some “projects” and progress is slower with some, but we are on our way. My dad bought me “The Science of Hitting” when I was in high school. Anyway, from Ted's book to your teaching methods, I feel like my education is complete. It’s a joy to work with my hitters and see tangible results after we work the drills, which is what we use daily before a hitter can get into the cage to hit. Thanks for taking the time to develop your methods and offering them to guys like me. You’ve made a real difference in our program.

Mike Shade
Head Baseball Coach
Gahanna Lincoln High School
Blacklick, OH




Griffin Ganick
Nashville, TN

Griffin is shown at the end of our three-day Nashville, TN hitting camp.

Mike's note: Griffin is the son of our Nashville, TN, Epstein Certified Hitting Instructor, Gary Ganick.

Will Haynie
Nashville, TN

 Will is shown at the end of our three-day Nashville,TN hitting camp.

Before After

Shane Ogata
Honolulu, HI

These are "before and after" clips of Shane Ogata, taken at our Hawaii hitting camp. Who wouldn't want their son to look like this?

Mike's note: Folks, NONE of our "before" clips are staged! The swings you see are the very first swings the players take the first day of camp. We video them at the start of camp - and at the end - so you can see the progress they have made. While Shane's swing mechanics are obviously better now than before, like many others who attend our camps, it is simply a "springboard" to continue refining them with good instruction. In other words, this is a "start" towards "hitting his potential."

Dakota Lovins
Avondale, PA
9 & 10
2008 & 2009
Dakota lived in Colorado when we first started to work with him when he was nine years old. The clip on the right is his very first swing when we saw him approximately one year ago. Dakota's dad, Todd, was subsequently transferred to Pennsylvania, where we saw him and Dakota at our Hershey (PA) hitting camp (left clip), age 10. Pretty good improvement, wouldn't you say?

Mike's note:
You can judge the improvement for yourself. The earlier a player can learn to do it "right," the better!