It's All About Teaching/Developing an Elite Level Swing
Englishbey Hitting is devoted to hitting instruction focused on
teaching hitters to swing a bat in the most bio-mechanically efficient way possible
so as to accomplish three objectives: (1) optimal swing quickness, (2)
efficient swing path and (3) maximum bat speed. Elite hitters at
the highest levels of competition – both baseball and softball – have somehow
learned to do these things when they swing a bat. But just exactly what are they doing to
achieve them? This website is devoted first to understanding how elite hitters use their
bodies to achieve these objectives, and second how to teach these same "mechanics"
to young hitters. The website offers a variety of products and services, all designed to help
your hitter develop the best swing his/her body is physically capable of achieving.
Hitting Instruction Products and Services: Baseball and Softball
Hitting Instruction DVDs (also available in streaming format on website)
On-field hitting instruction, both clinics and individual sessions
Online One-on-One personal hitting instruction -- subscription based in 3 to 6 month increments
Baseball and Softball hitting instruction discussion forums for eliciting feedback on your
hitter's swing and general swing mechanics discussion. These hitting discussion can not only
help players but can help coaches develop a better understanding of elite swings.
Steve's Unique Qualifications
What makes Englishbey Hitting different from other hitting instruction programs advertised on the internet, television and sports magazines,
who all basically claim to teach "the secrets of the Major League swing?":
Steve himself was an elite athlete, having being selected in the first round of the Major League draft
by the Houston Astros (9th pick in the 1st round). He has substantial prior experience training athletes
and has a deep intellectual interest in sports science theory and application including biomechanics, functional
anatomy, sports psychology, motor learning, motor control, etc.
Steve has spent hundreds of hours studying video of elite baseball and softball hitters. He has spent hundreds
of hours on the field working with hitters of all ages and levels. He has spent hundreds of hours swinging the bat
himself and applying many of the same concepts and practice methods to his own swing that he teaches to others.
Steve has a unique capability to combine relatively high level playing experience, a high degree of sports science
knowledge, and over a decade of teaching hitters how to develop a better swing. And Steve has spent hundreds of hours
physically practicing swinging and physically applying many of the same methods that he uses with hitters he works
It is rare to find a hitting instructor who has this kind of experience and capability to "do it", "understand it",
and "teach it."
Understanding "Cues" vs. "Reality"
Most hitting instruction and hitting analysis is based on cues like the following:
squishing the bug
taking the hands to the ball
taking the knob to the ball
staying on top of the ball
keeping your head in
keep the hands inside the ball
throwing the hands/throw the top hand
short to the ball/long through the ball
stay tall /stay back/load back
Often these cues are are not reflective of what is actually happening when elite level hitters swing the bat and
they are subject to a wide degree of interpretation on the part of both players and instructors. This lack of
reality and clarity almost inevitably leads to instruction that does not effectively address the flaws that
underlie most non-elite level swings.
The hitting instruction on Englishbey Hitting stands in stark contrast to the above type of hitting instruction. The hitting instruction and swing analysis on Englishbey Hitting is evidence and reality based. It is based on Steve's understanding of sports science concepts that can be applied to understanding the actual movements and muscle actions that underlie both elite and non-elite level swings.
From a teaching perspective, the better the understanding of the underlying realities of both elite and non-elite level swings, the greater the potential to create or learn effective hitting instruction methods that will better serve both coaches and players in the ultimate goal of reaching one's potential as either a player or hitting instructor.
Developing one's true hitting potential is really what the information at EnglishbeyHitting.com is all about.