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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, #21 - Andy Collins News
June 28, 2005

Here's the lastest hitting information and Coach Andy Collins news

What you'll find in this issue:

I. Finally a picture of me, Coach Andy Collins

II. How I'm coming on my video

III. While you're waiting, a hitting video from Sue Enquist of UCLA fame

Did you ever wonder who this guy is that's been writing to you all this time? Or what he looked like? Sure, some of you have seen the caricature I have posted on the website, but you'll need to go here if you want to see a real live picture of me.

News about the video

The video I've been telling you about has finally been shot, it's in editing as we "speak", the cover shots were taken, the back cover text is done and we have a tenative title -- "Rotational vs. Linear, Two Swings, Which Helps You Hit Best?".

So hopefully by next newsletter you'll not only be able to see a picture of me, but be able to see me in action as I coach and teach on the different styles of hitting that most coaches teach, the similarities and differences, and the benefits of both styles.

I've been accused by different teachers of advocating one style over the other. The funny thing is I've been accused of both side's proponents of advocating the "wrong" one.

What you'll see in the video is a more rational approach to hitting that after viewing it you'll come to appreciate why one coach may do it one way and the other would do it the other way.

Then with this knowledge you'll be able to decide for yourself (since you're the one that will ultimately be responsible as to) which swing more closely matches your goals.

It will be produced in DVD format, so that when you make your decision, you can go back to the one hitting style you've chosen and really master that swing.

For those of you that can't wait that long I've got a special bonus for you.

UCLA Hitting Video Available

Until the video comes out, I have a new resource for you. This is for my fastpitch readers. Sue Enquist, who you've heard me talk about in reference to this "new" (at least in softball circles) style of hitting, put out a video about her findings and demonstrates how to swing this way.

A lot of my students go to her UCLA summer camp to learn from Sue and the coaches that have lead UCLA softball to two 1st place and two 2nd place finishes in the last 4 years.

Now you can go as often as you want, right in your own home or if you can't travel to LA to take advantage of the live camp, she'll "come to you."

Go here to learn more about UCLA advanced hitting techniques.

Or if you prefer, a number of you took me up on the recording I did with Phil Bruder another multi-national title holder.

Phil will tell you that his swing is not rotational and he definitely doesn't advocate a palm up, palm down approach to the ball, but he might have been the first to understand how important is was to swing hard for girls and in so doing he had the kids rotating very similar to what I call the Weed Wacker.

In fact one of his former students was on this year's Olympic team and is used as a model of the rotational swing for women, so he has a lot to listen to when he talks about hitting.

This recording is one hour of him talking about his approach to hitting and the simple training exercises he has all of his students implement. I interview him and try to clarify for the listener what is obvious to him, but may not be obvious to the listener.

We sold out of our first run of these CD's and now have a freshly made second set. But a lot of these are going.

So go here before these are gone.

Here's where to go if you're interested in going to the back-issues page.

Welcome to you who are new to my hitting e-zine.

Thanks again for all of you who read this newsletter. If you find it of value, could you please pass it on to someone you can think of right now?

Talk to you next time.

Coach Andy

Coach Andy Collins has been helping players achieve their goals in softball and baseball for over 30 years. He's an advisor to national teams and can help you be a better hitter. He offers free information on his website and through free e-mail hitting lessons.

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