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Coach Andy's Hitting E-zine, Special Issue
May 27, 2005

Learn and watch two different hitting styles

What you'll find in this issue:

I. Schedule of fastpitch softball on TV

II. How I'm coming on my video

I've spent a lot of time talking about Rotational Hitting lately, so where does that leave "the other" style of hitting?

No place is it more apparent that there are two different styles, than in women's fastpitch softball. So many in the past have been trained in the style I have up on my hitting site and quite a few are starting to go to the rotational style, UCLA being the poster child for this (ULL was maybe the first to adopt it, but they aren't one of the remaining 16 teams).

Between now and next weekend, there will be a lot of women's softball on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU (for those that get those channels).

I've put up a website for all to view the schedule and see who's still playing.

How I'm doing on my video

I received a lot of your questions when I called for them. Unfortunately, the filming got delayed for a couple of weeks, but the good news is that if you have a question that you wanted me to address, you still have time. Go here to ask your questions.

I have to admit, that I haven't gotten every question answered from the last batch, so please be patient, I will get to it and it will help other players and coaches by making sure I answer them in the video.

Until the video comes out, the best resource I have, but it's a third style of hitting, is a recording I did with Phil Bruder. Phil won another national title this past year coaching his daughter's 14 under team to the ASA national championship.

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 years 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. So go here before these are gone.

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Welcome to you who are new to my hitting e-zine. For the old-timers I hope you like the change of format of this newsletter writing more often with only 1 tip at a time.

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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