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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, #46 - Hitting Clinics
December 10, 2007

What are some good hitting clinics in December?

I received an e-mail that triggered some thoughts for this month's newsletter.

It was asking me if a big name hitting guru's 3 day clinic would be worthwhile to attend.

I have a number of thoughts about this, so see if any of these apply to you.

1 - I think any time you can be thinking about hitting when others aren't that's a good thing (and December is a time a number of people are not thinking of hitting).

2 - There are a number of clinics going on during the holiday breaks at school for both baseball and softball, you just have to find them.

3 - December is a great time to start getting ready for the upcoming season. Our league had signups last Friday, for tryouts in January and team practices in February, followed by the start of the season around the first of March, so the new season will be upon us soon - YEAH!

4 - There are clinics that will have about 20 players and there are clinics that will have upwards of 600 players. Each have there advantages and their drawbacks.

5 - The bigger ones normally are for big name stars. Tony Gwynn has one in San Diego. Joe Mauer and Paul Molitor have one in Minnesota. Some of the Olympic girls will be putting on clinics. If your hitter needs or gets motivation by seeing the very best hitters of our time and are willing to settle for an autograph and some training, then this is the way to go. It will probably be a little pricier, as well.

6 - If you're wanting to work on fundamentals, you can probably find college or high school coaches putting on clinics where you'll get more actual training, and the price will generally be lower.

7 - I can't put together an exhaustive list of everything that's going on all over, so the best way to find these are call your local league folks or the local high school, junior college or 4 year college coach from the sport you want to play, they may be the ones having something, or they should know who to talk to to find out about them in your area.

8 - I was asked specifically about Mike Epstein and his hitting clinics. He's been billing himself as the father of "Rotational Hitting" and as such he's been getting some fairly high prices for his clinics that present his material and promise to have you swinging rotational by the end. It's about 9 hours for over $300 to be in a group of 6 (I believe, or maybe it's more in the group). My reponse to him was that while I respect Mr. Epstein's contribution to the dialogue on rotational hitting and even promote one of his books. I think if you've been following our dialogue through this newsletter, my website, my video, etc. you have enough information to save yourself the high priced clinic.

9 - If you're new to rotational hitting or don't have a coach to double check if you're doing it right and the price doesn't scare you off, then it probably would be a good clinic to go to.

10 - For that kind of money, you might find a way to make it to Ventura, CA and get one on one lessons from me :) I have one student who's family drives two hours one way, each week for their lessons, but the good news is they're making the jump from JV to Varsity and has already jumped up to the #2 power hitter on the Varsity. Even some flights are only $49 - $99 round trip, so think about it. Call me if you'd like to consider it. 805-642-5827

11 - I can also come to you. Check out the information about my giving clinics for your league or area on my website -

I'm coming to Sacramento - San Francisco

The other way to get trained by me would be to contact me if you're in or near Sacramento or San Francisco around the 19th of December.

My daughter is graduating from nursing school the evening of the 19th in Sacramento. So I'll be driving up the 126 to the 5 or 99, returning through San Francisco, where my son will be graduating from Cal St. San Francisco and then driving us both home either via 101 or back down the 5 the 20th or maybe that weekend if I decide to stay up there to see more of you.

Let me know - 805-642-5827 or e-mail me.

Hitting Gift ideas

While a lot of folks want to give bats as gifts, I prefer to have batters batting correctly first, so I would encourage thinking about giving hitting lessons from a good coach, or buying a gift certificate to a batting cage in your area. Or maybe think about getting something where you could get your swings in at your house, like the Personal Pitcher -

Or Joe Mauer's Quickwing - or put away some money for our upcoming hitting device that went to the patent attorney with all the pictures, blueprints, and writeups Friday and we hope to get our Patent Pending status in 3 weeks to a couple of months, at which point we can release the product to you and you can start taking your 100 to 300 swings in your own backyard, basement, garage or where ever for baseball, fastpitch softball and even slo-pitch softball. We are just now producing the first 15 this week so we'll have the costs figured out. Our best guess at the moment seems to be in the $45 - $70 range.

Stay tuned, you are the only ones in the world with this inside information about this upcoming product. Read each e-mail, you won't want to miss out on this one, it's really going to be exciting and really help you hit better.

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

To see other hitting tips 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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