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Note to my Swing Smarter Hitting Trainer readers: This post will be the only time I will ask for donations (although I will leave a donation button in the sidebar)...if it bothers you, please skip this post.

(Please note: although, I've really enjoyed you guys' submissions and helping with your swing issues, I've had to discontinue the free hitting tune-up service, frankly because I'm getting too busy with other website "stuff."

I highly advise, if you want to learn from the best in Elite Swing Technique theory and application, then please go check out Chas Pippitt at the Baseball Hitting Rebellion website).

Otherwise, I'll keep posted all the past hitting trainer tune-up information for you to learn from at the end of this article. I just won't be accepting any new inquiries.

I absolutely LOVE to talk hitting (after God, wife, and family of course ;) And I don't mind helping those needing aid with their swings...

I started SwingSmarter.com because I didn't have a free content rich hitting trainer resource when I was growing up...I had to go to Barnes & Noble every time I wanted to add to my baseball hitting knowledge. I didn't buy the books (unless it was juicy), I just sat and dug in for hours.

The problem was, most of the popular endorsed hitting trainer books didn't have any riveting information, except for the few included in my Top Hitting Books section of the site, they regurgitated the same ol' crap all the other ones did. Some of you know by now, Big Leaguers are super good do-ers, but super bad explaining how they "do it."

I just watched an interview with Albert Pujols on the MLB Network, and listened to him describe how he hits using knob down to the baseball, and how getting the barrel deep in the zone creates slow bat speed...

Well, when you watch him in slow motion, you'll see the opposite of what he's teaching. If Pujols stays healthy, he'll be one of the best hitters ever, and even he has trouble dissecting his own swing.

Ted Williams (my favorite old timer of all-time) in The Science of Hitting came the closest to nailing "it," and still, he left a lot of holes about how The Splendid Splinter actually "did it."

Concerning self-proclaimed "know-it-all" online hitting gurus, they're too frickin' hard to understand. I have to read through their verbal chicken scratch 10 times to get what the heck they're trying to say. It's like they're speaking Gaelic!

What does this have to do with donations to SwingSmarter.com or interactive hitting trainer lessons???

Not saying I'm THE swing know-it-all, because I'm not, however I have a knack for explaining very hard technical concepts about the swing, and am able to put them into pre-packaged ready-to-eat metaphorical packaging. Also, the spirit of Swing Smarter is to flesh out the vital information from the unimportant, and I am a whiz at doing that as well (this is why the F-Owl Ball mascot).

What's more...

As some of you keeping the pulse of SwingSmarter.com know, I've put the site on steroids recruiting Chas Pippitt of I.T.S Baseball to the Swing Smarter team. If you haven't yet visited our sponsored Chas Pippitt Baseball Hitting Rebellion Blog, then do so HERE and JOIN the Rebel Hitting Movement!

We're on the cutting edge of hitting, and surprisingly most coaches unfortunately:

  • DON'T understand it,
  • DON'T teach it, and
  • May NOT start players who hit like this because of the first two reasons (true story)!

We're working on a Premium I.T.S Baseball Hitting Trainer Certification blending Chas teaching of over 8,000 hitting lessons since 2005 turning his students into stand-up double & home-run hitting machines, with my Yoga and muscle imbalance expertise.

Yeah, yeah, I've conceded the hitting technique expertise to Chas. I feel like Robin when I say that with Chas being Batman :( My father always said, no matter how much you think you know, there's always someone else who knows more.

Then why would anyone want a Swing Tuneup from me and NOT Chas? 3 Reasons:

  1. Don't get me wrong, Chas is FANTASTIC, but sometimes can be confusing because he is so technical...that's why we were meant for each other (no, we don't plan on getting married, I think it'd be illegal in a number of different states, plus our wives wouldn't appreciate such short notice), I help recover the "lost in translation,"
  2. Chas has been mentoring me (crazy to think huh?), so I've been relating his thoughts to my own philosophies and experiences,
  3. Because I'm an intern of the I.T.S. Baseball Hitting System and have to accumulate hours to become certified, I can teach for a discount on a very limited basis, Chas on the other hand, would cost a fortune.

What if you wanted to hire Chas as an online hitting trainer??

Don't worry, it's coming. We're collaborating on bringing Chas's hitting system to your very own computer screen. Right now, we're working on integrating an interactive online hitting trainer experience through the Baseball Hitting Rebellion Blog blowing away any DVD hitting system, book, or any other popular consumer media out there.

I'm so excited, but unfortunately, I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet...

So until that is ready, unfortunately you're stuck with me :P If you think the baseball hitting skills, drills, and tools content on SwingSmarter.com is worth something like $25/year, then please take the time to donate below.

Daily, I think about making SwingSmarter.com a membership because:

  • Of over 200 pages of rich 20% of swing content contributing to over 80% of success at the plate,
  • Hundreds and almost thousands of people A DAY visit the site,
  • All the very gracious testimonials scattered throughout,
  • Super great submissions of hitting aid reviews, tips, and swing tuneup questions from my fantastic readers,
  • Averaging 6 new subscribers daily to The Swing Architect Newsletter, and
  • Over 100 orders put in at The Starting Lineup Store since it's launch March 20th of 2010 (this is July 2011 as I write this).

I could easily charge at least $9.99/mo, or $120/year, however I've decided to keep it free of charge. A few of the rare Google ads and commission links I have scattered throughout the site help pay for the back-end stuff, but it's definitely not enough for me to become a full-time Blogger.

Here's comes the shameless plug... ;)

If the economy has beat you down, then $25 or less would work to show your appreciation for the time and money I've dumped into SwingSmarter.com, or if the market has blessed you with rainbows and pots of gold, then please consider the $120 for the year.

Remember, you're under NO obligation, AND no hard feelings if you decide not to donate. Feel free to still utilize our interactive Swing Smarter Hitting Trainer program below at NO cost.

If you're having a hard time with your kid's swing, or your own, then please post your frustrations in following. You can include video embed code or a picture if you like, but any plain text post will work too.

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We always appreciate your time with us, and/or any generosity.=-)

What Other Visitors Have Shared

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

4 Critical STEPS to Fixing Bat Drag & Weight Transfer Issues 
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How to Correct Stepping in the Bucket and Dropping the Back Shoulder 
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Why Load & Reloading Can Drop YOUR Swing's RPM's! 
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How Using the Basketball Made Me Hit with MORE Power 
I have several kids that are getting around good on the ball and their mechanics are looking really good. While they always make strong hits, they just …

I'm a 14 year old girl and I tend to drop my hands when I bat 
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What is the Right Hand Path During and After Hip Thrust?? 
Hey i know the swing is more "hip thrust" important than hand path, but when the thrust does finish and the hands start whipping through what are the hands …

Why am I Collapsing the Backside? 
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Pre-Launch Torque to Fix Dropping Hands in Swing 
My 9 y.o. Daughter has a real bad habit of dropping her hands when she starts her swing. Her hands are set between her right cheek and ear. As she starts …

I have Trouble Pulling my Head Out  
Hey i'm a lefty and i'm fifteen and recently i've been pulling my head out and striking out. But, my swing is really good its just my head is not on the …

Pulling front shoulder out and long swing. 
My coaches tell me to shorten my swing and keep my front shoulder in.. Help? Swing Smarter Response: Hey Tim, great question and one a ton of other …

How to Spice Up Dry Swings? 
Just wanted to say that I love your online magazine and the first article, just thought I share what I have been doing, I am combining some olympic and …

Raising the Iron Mike elevation & Trouble Hitting Taller Pitchers!! 
Joey, I have recently noticed a trend in our players. They seem to hit better off short pitchers. These aren't slower pitchers, just shorter. They …

Front Arm NOT Staying Flexed at Times 
Hello, my son (14), has ok balance (I think), but his swing seems to have gotten a bit long and his front arm at times seems to not be staying flexed …

Do the Hips rotate first? What About the Weight Shift?  
Hi Joey, had a question re: my 9 yr old son who is a right handed batter... I keep hearing about how the hips are the first thing to move forward in …

What Exercises Should I be Doing While Waiting for Tryouts?? 
This is Keith again and just wanted to know, I love to hit the gym 3-4 times a week while practicing my hitting swing at home, my question is I lift very …

Off Balance with my Weight Shifting Too Far Back, What do I do? 
I feel off balance with rotating my hips and feel off balance during stride. I feel my weight is on my rear leg. Swing Smarter Response: Keith, …

Is Over Swinging a True Mythical Beast?? 
My son, who is 11, has a tendency to overswing. He is a very streaky hitter. When he is on, he is unstoppable. When he is not, he really struggles. We …

What are some of the causes of not hitting on the sweet spot? 
Joey, What do you see as the cause of *not* hitting on the sweet spot? Swing Smarter Response: Hey Robert, great question, and as you know, finding …

How Do We Stop the Weight Shifting Too Much? 
Okay, here is an issue that was brought up from a previous thread... We try to get a load, and try to get the students to step a little with the front …

How To Hit Slower Than Average Pitchers 
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Getting kids to hit off there back foot 
I have been coaching little league for years now and my nephew has always been small so he developed some bad habits. He has always been the best hitter …

How do you create backspin while hitting the baseball? 
Are you suppose to create back spin? Why do you want to create backspin? What benefits come from creating backspin? Swing Smarter Response: **REVISED** …

How to cure being power happy and bat path flattening out 
Hi, my son is 18 and will be playing D3 baseball in NJ this coming fall. I think his problem is 2 fold. (a) I think he has gotten a little power happy …

What is Dynamic Balance & How Can It Increase Hip Thrust? 
My daughter is a high school and gold team softball player, and she has developed a bad habit of bringing her back foot forward when she is swinging . …

Front Foot: Open or Closed 
A local training facility has recently drawn my attention to the front foot. I see both open and closed while looking at some footage of the big league …

Trouble Hitting the High Pitch... 
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Stride - When should front foot/heel drop? 
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How can i stop dropping my hands 
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How-To Cut OFF the Parachute Dragging Down Your Bat Speed Not rated yet
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Timing at the Plate & How-To Make the Transition into College Baseball Not rated yet
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Warning: Forward Spinal Tilt Leads to a Dying Young Swing Not rated yet
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Secrets of Turning Timidness at the Plate into Controlled Aggression  Not rated yet
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What's the BEST Way to Chart the Progress of a Youngster? Not rated yet
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Super Hip Thrust 101 Not rated yet
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Explosion on Impact Not rated yet
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Hitting Conditioning & The Fiddler Crab Hitter Report Not rated yet
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Cleaning up with the Back Shoulder Row Not rated yet
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Switch Hitting: Which Way Do I Bat? Not rated yet
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What Point in Swing Should the Front Shoulder Just Fly Open Not rated yet
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Am NOT able to drive the ball in batting practice like I used to Not rated yet
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What's the Upper Body's function Pre-Down & Through?  Not rated yet
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Hitting the baseball in the air too much Not rated yet
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How do I prevent collapsing my back side when hitting Not rated yet
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Lower Half Rotation Woes Not rated yet
My hands are working fine and my upper half is sound. My problem though is my lower half. The best way I can describe it is when I finish, I'm finishing …

I am late on everything when i am swinging  Not rated yet
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