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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, #34 - Gifts for Hitters
November 16, 2006

Gifts for Hitters

Due to a lot things going on in other areas of my life I've negleted getting you the good hitting advice you've come to expect. I even took time to celebrate my birthday, which was going to be the original them of this current newsletter, answering the question, what would you get for someone like me (or more specifically, what would you get as gifts for hitters in your life).

The big 3 things

Make sure you read the entire newsletter to get the full context of my recommendations.

If you're a coach like me, you may want something different than what I'll recommend for your hitter. So for coaches just visit the page of my recommendations of hitting videos at

Back to gifts for hitters.

1. If you aren't using a batting tee yet, rush out and get one. Only $25 at your local sports shop, but use it the correct way, taking the perfect swings you're learning here or in some of the videos mentioned above and delivering them on a ball that doesn't move first.

2. The next item would be a toss machine. It takes up a small amount of space and gives you a lot of swings quickly.

3. And the granddaddy of all gifts, in my opinion, is a pitching machine / batting eye trainer combination. And it doubles as the toss machine I recommended in item 2. And it only needs about a 10' X 30'. And ...

See for yourself --

What about Bats?

Lots of people think that to get the next great bat is a perfect gift for hitters.

Therefore I get lots of questions about this. There are so many different bats it's actually hard to keep up with them all.

So I'll give you my basic thoughts.

My other recommendations will help you hit better than the next great bat.

The more expensive the bat, the better it is generally.

You may not realize it, but the most expensive bats only really make a difference for the batters with the best swings, so if your hitter hasn't progressed far enough in their hitting fundamentals save $100 and put that into lessons.

Most of the major manufacturers have all caught up with each other, for the most part, making bats in the same price range generally perform about the same. So it normally comes down to feel and the confidence level your hitter gets with that bat.

End loaded bats (or ones that feel like they have more weight at the end) should be used by people using the Rotational method and evenly weighted bats and really light bats are made with the Linear swing in mind.

For those using Rotational and especially baseball players going into high school or above, getting a wood bat for practice would be a good present.

Help your Child make the High School Team

I've just gotten a number of students interested in making their high school team and it's always interesting the discussions I have with them, because they don't realize it has as much to do about factors other than raw talent as it does to do with a dozen other things that can range from attitude, when you were born, which high school you choose, who you associate with, your grades, etc.

I even have one coach tell me he credits his son making the team because he knew how to rake the field.

Some of the kids wanting to make the team are already in high school, others are just a year away, but it's never too early to see what it would take to prepare to make that dream a reality for your kid (if that's a dream of theirs).

I'm taking questions from anyone interested in this process and organizing them now, as well as soliciting other coaches to give some added insight as to reasons and ways the kids might aid their chance in making the high school baseball or softball team vs. seeing their name on the cut list. So join me on this page -

Again, if you have any questions or comments you can write to me via e-mail.

To see what I was talking about or referring to in past newsletters, go to the past issues of my hitting newsletter page.

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

Thanks for reading and talk to you next time.

Coach Andy

6801 Dove St. Ventura, CA 93003


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 and has just introduced a new hitting video discussing and demonstrating how to hit great with either the rotational or linear hitting methods.

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