Baseball And Fastpitch Softball Batting Lessons


 Learn A Swing That Can Put Your Hitting 




Head And Shoulders Above The Rest 



Learn To Use Your Body Exactly Like The Very Best Hitters In Baseball And Fastpitch Softball

West Virginia basebaseball player of the year

Congratulations to one of Mike's Students,


Garrett Gress, for being named the 


2017 West Virginia High School Baseball 


Player Of The Year

longest home run at St. Albans high school field

Congratulations to one of Mike's students Wes Medley, who hit one of the longest home runs ever seen at St. Albans High School Field.  He hit it over the scoreboard in left center into the back of the day care center across the street, over 400 feet.  It was a walk off 2 run home run.  In the high school double header he went 7 hits in 7 at bats.  All this from a 5 foot 9 inch 140 lb Sophomore hitter because he is learning to use his body correctly and swing like the very best hitters in Major League Baseball. 

The 2 videos above are one of my 14yr old students that weighs 130 lbs.  In the first video he hits a 360ft home run over a 20ft fence.  Everyone wanted to know what bat he used because his swing looks so effortless.  His dad said it's not the bat it's the swing Mike Sedberry teaches.  He then had his son use a wooden bat to prove it wasn't the bat and he hit it off the same wall 10ft high.  It was hit even harder than the home run but never got 15ft off the ground.  He hit the ball so hard you can even hear it hit the wall.
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"The difference in a year with your swing is incredible.  The power my son now generates is shocking.  My son is only 12 years old and he hit the ball off a top eighth grade pitcher 360 feet off the fence in dead center field.   Coaches and parents went nuts because they couldn't believe how much more power he now has.  This is all thanks to you.  Your swing is by far better than anything else being taught and it just keeps getting better and better".  If you do the drills and trust it, your swing is easy to learn and the results are amazing.   Thanks, Louie Moore
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The swing you teach blows my mind.  My son was an average hitter and after only 4 months of lessons he is now the best hitter on his travel team.  I told the other parents it's not the bat, it's 2 years old.  It's Mike Sedberry's swing.  They say his swing is too effortless, you have to swing faster to hit the ball as hard as my son is now hitting.  I smile and say ok you keep swinging fast.  They are still being taught all the wrong things that we were learning before we came to you.  They aren't getting better while my son seems to be hitting the ball harder each week.  This is all because of what you teach, thanks for everything,  Joel P.

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My son's swing looked better after the first lesson with you than it has in the 7 years he has played.  I learned more from you about hitting in 1 hour than the hundreds of hours I spent in clinics and with the other coaches.  The swing you teach blows my mind. Every time we come in for a lesson I shake my head because he keeps getting better and better.  In 3 months my son is hitting the ball so much better and with good power.  I am amazed at the difference.   I wish we found you before I learned all of those wrong things.    We owe you so much, Ted B.

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softball swing with her body

I started my 10 year old daughter with Mike in October 2015. Up to that point she had been an average hitter and pitcher.  She has had several instructors that taught her things like “squish the bug” , "twist the hips" and "fast hands" while hitting.  After taking the very first video lesson it was obvious that these characteristics are not what the most successful professionals and college hitters are doing.  In April 2016 during her ASA opening tournament she hit 5 home runs and was very dominate on the mound.  During a recent tournament in Ashland, Kentucky Tatum pitched three “no hitters” and had another home run, bringing her home run count to 9 this year.  Tatum has really excelled in both hitting and pitching under Mikes tutelage .  We give all the credit to Mike for her success.  Thank you Mike and Zelda!!!  Allen 

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baseball swing with his body

Your swing is head and shoulders better than anything else being taught, anywhere.  It's changed our lives.   With your swing he became the most powerful hitter in St. Albans Little League history hitting a record 22 home runs and batted over .750 while weighing only 90 lbs.                         


Before his freshman year even started he played with the High School, on the Varsity Team, in the summer and fall league and led the team in hitting by far with a .680 average.  You are the only one teaching this swing and that is why he now hits the ball with much more power and a higher average than anyone.  Your swing is easy to learn, you just have to work at it and the results are    amazing.  We owe all this amazing success to you, thanks again, Gary Medley

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"This weekend.  We played all the big Lexington baseball school's teams and a couple from Louisville.  We faced the best pitching that I've ever seen in every game and Trent only made 1 out all weekend and that was a laser hit to left field. I told him he hit it too hard....kid had to catch it or get hurt.  He was 8 for 9 with 5 walks and 1 hit by pitch.  Your swing is amazing.  Jeff Rutledge

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"Last night I witnessed the most amazing display of power I have ever seen by a hitter in my 16 years of playing and coaching baseball.  This from a Middle School hitter that looked like he was barely swinging.  I talked to his dad and he said it was all because of Mike Sedberry's swing.  I will definitely get back to you on lessons for my son".   Coach Bo Sutton

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The results of your swing are amazing.  Two Fridays ago we went to a travel tournament in Columbus.   Whitney had 1 HR (her first) and hit over .550.  After the home run she actually hit another ball even harder off the top of the fence.  Last Friday we went to a much bigger tournament in Columbus, that 30 Colleges attended.  She had 3 home runs and 2 others that were hit even harder off the fence.  She again batted over .550.  Everyone wanted to know the bat she was using, I said it's Mike Sedberry's swing.  I told them, if you work at it, your swing is easy to learn and it has made my daughter an amazing hitter.  Thanks again, Larry Hall

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The way you teach hitting blows my mind.  When I see her swing the way you are teaching she crushes the ball.  When she swings the way she was being taught by everyone else she hits weak grounders and pop ups.  I can't believe the difference, it is like night and day.  Your swing is amazing.  Thank you for everything.   Dave S.
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Almost all baseball and fastpitch softball hitters (99%) that come in for lessons swing mainly with their arms.  The very best hitters in Major League baseball and fastpitch softball, that hit consistently head and shoulders above the rest, swing with their body.  That means almost all hitters are swinging the opposite of the very best hitters.   Why is this? What is the problem?  


The problem is 99% of baseball and softball batters are learning the wrong hitting cues (listed below) from their coaches (at all levels), hitting instructors, former High School, College and Pro players, at college and pro hitting camps and even from other parents.  These bad hitting cues are causing bad hitting mechanics because they make batters swing mainly with their arms, the opposite of the very best hitters.    


I ask every new student and their parents what they have been learning before, almost all say the same thing.  The first lesson they learned how to twist the hips, stay back, swing down and use fast hands.  After that, each lesson they went to, the instructor would just sit on a bucket, a chair or stand and throw pitches and tell the student good swing, now swing faster.   They started getting frustrated because the harder they would swing the worse their hitting became and they still had little power.   Most say their kids thought they were just bad hitters.   I hear this from parents everywhere, it doesn't matter where they were going or if they were in individual or group lessons.   It shouldn't be this way.


Worse, almost all middle school, high school, college and professional coaches either teach the bad hitting cues below or send their players to instructors that teach them.  This is the main reason hitting at all 4 of these levels has gotten so much worse.  This is why Major League hitting has gone down drastically the last 12 years.  In 2006 the average MLB player hit .269 and in 2016 it was down to .255.   The average Major League hitter this year as of June 21, 2017 still has a batting average of only .255.


Below are the WORST hitting cues you can be taught.  They make you swing the opposite of the very best hitters:


Back elbow up

Don't step forward or no stride

Squish the bug or pivot the back foot 

Stay back or keep the back foot down

Twist or rotate your hips

Swing down like chopping wood

Fast hands or throw your hands at the ball 

Snap your wrist at contact (use top hand)

Swing faster or faster to the zone

Bat knob to the ball 

Don't dip your back shoulder

college swing with his arms

Because of bad hitting instruction and using the above worst hitting 

cues almost all hitters swing with their arms.  This is what hitters look like when they swing with their arms.  They have much less power, production and more inconsistent.      

Pujols swing with his arms

This picture shows Albert Pujols doing some of the bad hitting cues above that make him swing with his arms. This is when he is hitting his worst with less power, lower batting average, much less production and very inconsistent.

Pujols swing with his body
These two swings show how Pujols and Mike Trout look when they are hitting their best, they are swinging with their body. Much more power and production.
Mike Trout swinging with his body
one of Mike's students swinging with his body

This is one of my students that is learning exactly how the best hitters use their body when they swing the bat.  This is a shot off the fence.  He only weighs 140 pounds and is one of the most powerful hitters in the state.

Team USA player swinging with her body
Team USA player swinging with her body

The best hitters in fastpitch softball swing using their body exactly like the best MLB hitters.  More power and production than swinging with the arms. 

One of Mike's students swinging with her body

This is one of my students that was looking for more power learning to use her body like the best. This is a triple off the fence.  

As you can see in the pictures above when the very best Major League baseball and Team USA fastpitch softball players are hitting their best they are doing NONE of the above bad hitting cues.   Any of these cues will put even the greatest batters into slumps because they make them swing with their arms.   They have much less power, consistency and bad timing if they do any of these cues.  For the average hitter these worst hitting cues are even more devastating.   

Mike Sedberry's Five Step Elite Hitting System

        For Baseball And Fastpitch Softball


To be the best hitter, you need to swing like the very best hitters in Major League Baseball and Team USA Fastpitch Softball.  This video is one of my students in a travel league game that is learning to hit like the best. This is a line drive that was hit so hard it kept climbing and went over the fence for a home run, even clearing two warehouses across the street.  You can hear people in the background amazed how hard and far it was hit.  Three years ago he couldn't hit the ball out of the infield because he was being told to swing down, swing faster, twist the hips and stay back by the High School coach.  He now knows when he does any of those bad hitting cues he will hit his worst.   Now as a 130lb Freshman he is the best hitter on his High School team because he is swinging correctly with his body, not his arms.


If you really want to become a better hitter, with much more power and a higher batting average, you want to learn the exact hitting mechanics of the very best hitters in Major League baseball and Team USA fastpitch softball.   You no longer have to be one of the 99% of players that are learning the bad hitting cues above or the many students and parents that have been going to bad lessons where the instructor just throws pitches and tells the student good swing, now swing faster.  


At Mike Sedberry's Hitting and Pitching Academy you will start learning the exact hitting mechanics used by the very best hitters in baseball and fastpitch softball.  You will learn them step by step so you can become the hitter you always dreamed of.   The results for our students have been amazing.   Almost every parent tells me when they swing the way they are learning now, their son or daughter's hitting is head and shoulders above the other batters.   When they revert back to their old swing using fast hands, twist the hips, stay back, swing down, etc.,  they go back to being just an average hitter.   They say it is so easy to see the difference between the two swings, it is like night and day.   


I video every new baseball and fastpitch softball student that comes in for lessons so they can see frame by frame what they are doing in their swing.   The reason is everyone comes in swinging with their arms because they have been taught the hitting cues from above.   I then show them how their swing compares with the very best professional hitters.   They are amazed that their swing looks almost the complete opposite of the very best hitters.  It's only because everything they have been taught makes them swing with their arms whereas the very best hitters swing with their body.   They also see they will be learning the exact hitting mechanics of the very best hitters in baseball and fastpitch softball.  Don't settle for anything less!   You don't want to be one of the 99% of hitters that aren't hitting near as good as they could be, only because they are learning the worst hitting cues. 


Baseball players swings are compared with the very best MLB hitters like Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Ken Griffey Jr.  and others.  Students and parents get to see they all swing virtually the same way, with their body.  You will learn step by step the exact way they swing the bat. 


Fastpitch Softball players swings are compared with the very best Team USA hitters like Jennie Finch, Andrea Duran, Natasha Watley, Jenny Topping and others.  Students and parents get to see they too all swing virtually the same way, also using their body.  You will learn step by step the exact way they swing the bat. 


The video is very important because you get to see that the best hitters all swing the same, using their body, not their hands or arms.   Sadly, almost all hitters don't reach half of their full potential because what they are learning makes them swing with their arms, the OPPOSITE of the best hitters.




Mike's five step program will show you how the best hitters:


  • Use their body for a more direct path forward which allows the bat to enter the hitting zone up to 50% faster


  • Are able to watch the ball longer, swinging at less bad pitches


  • Are able to keep their bat in the hitting zone 3 to 4 feet (over 50% longer than 99% of hitters)


  • How this improves a hitters timing significantly


  • Achieve much more power because the bat accelerates out through the ball with more speed and force


  • Slow down the game to make hitting so much easier


  • Properly time a pitcher in baseball and fastpitch softball


  • Adjust to hit off-speed pitches consistently 



When you work on the correct hitting cues it is amazing how quickly you will see an increase in your power, consistently hitting more line drives and drastically improve your timing.  Most of our students have even become better hitters than they thought they ever could be.   Give us a call and start learning now how to hit with much more power and a higher average just because you are swinging correctly with your body, not your arms.


If you want to do hitting and pitching together we suggest a 1 1/2 hour video for the first lesson.  We will video you hitting and pitching and compare you to the best, the same as above for both.  Then future lessons we can work on both during a 1 hour lesson.


 

Long Distance Lessons

We have students and parents that drive 3 hours or more from all over West Virginia, Ohio , Kentucky and Virginia for lessons.  Most come in and take lessons over a two day period.  We have special rates at a local hotel.  They come to us because they are learning the same bad hitting and pitching cues in their area and their kids aren't reaching their full potential.  They are excited to see their kids swing or pitch compared to a Major League or Team USA player.  They are amazed that it is so different from what they have been learning.  When they see how much better they get in just two days of lessons they are blown away.  Now they are on their way to reaching their full potential.  Call 304-722-6393 for more information. 



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1/2 hour lesson                  $25


1  hour lesson                     $45


1 1/2 hour video lesson    $70  for hitting and pitching



Teams and Groups of 2 or more students call for special pricing. 


Call today 304-722-6393 for more information or to schedule your lesson.  You will be amazed with the results. 



Middle School, High School and College Players


Learn the best way to hit with the BBCOR bats.  Almost all hitters stats are way down, especially the power numbers (home runs down 35 to 40%) because most hitters still swing mainly with their arms. 


My students hit the ball hard with the BBCOR bats because they swing with their body.  Don't let the BBCOR bats make a negative impact on your hitting.  Call us at 304-722-6393 and learn the correct way to swing the bat.  Make your career even more successful.


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