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Used By The Very Best Hitters
In Baseball And Fastpitch Softball
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Congratulations to Joel Beattie, a student of Mike Sedberry, for hitting a new personal high for ball exit velocity of 97 mph at the Marshall University Showcase. In the last year of working with Mike, Joel has increased his exit velocity over 20 mph.
Congratulations to Michael Stanford, a student of
Mike Sedberry, after receiving multiple college
offers, for committing to pitch for
The University of California, Irvine.
Congratulations to Marshall Pile, a student of
Mike Sedberry, after receiving multiple college
offers, for committing to play baseball for the
University Of Charleston next season.
Congratulations to Tristan Harless a student of Mike Sedberry for having a great 11U tournament and a monster championship game. He had a solo homerun in the first and a walk off 3 run homerun in extra innings. These were his 26th & 27th homeruns this year.
He ended up with 29 homeruns this year!
Congratulations to Joel Beattie a student of Mike Sedberry for hitting the first Home Run ever at a West Virginia University Prospect Camp at Mountaineer Field. They played two games Joel had 4 hits in 6 at bats plus the homerun and the coaches told him
his power was incredible. Grandpa taking the video got excited
Congratulations to Wes Medley, one of Mike Sedberry's students, for hitting this homerun which the opposing coach told him was one of the longest ones ever hit at Riverside High School.
Congratulations to one of Mike Sedberry's students Joel Beattie for batting .455 and making the All Tournament Team in the 2019 Perfect Game national Championship. His performance got him an invitation to play the next week in the Perfect Game 16U World Series with the Dallas Tigers. There were 36 teams at the World Series of which 195 players were already top D1 college commits. Joel was the only player participating from West Virginia and had another great tournament hitting .355.
Congratulations to two of Mike Sedberry's
students, Autumn and Chelsea Thompson,
and the Sherman High School Softball Team
for winning the "A" State Championship.
Congratulations to one of Mike Sedberry's students Autumn Thompson for a record setting 2019 and for being named "Captain" of the Class A All-State First Team
17 Home runs
36 Career Home runs
.514 Batting Average
33 Wins 4 Losses
Congratulations to one of Mike Sedberry's students Marshall Pile for being named First Team "A" All State as a hitter and a pitcher. Marshall batted .482 with 68 hits, 18 doubles, 7 triples, 1 home run, 57 runs and
38 rbi's. Pitching Marshall won 11 games with a 1.36 ERA and had 98 strikeouts in 71.2 innings
Also congratulations to Marshall Pile for a great year and helping
lead Charleston Catholic to second place in the West Virginia State "A" Baseball Tournament and being named to the All Tournament team. Marshall was also first team All Kanawha Valley Baseball Team and was one of four players considered for player of the year.
Congratulations to one of Mike Sedberry's
students, Garrett Gress, for being named the
2017 West Virginia High School Baseball
Player Of The Year
Congratulations to one of Mike Sedberry'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 double header he had 7 hits in 7 at bats. This from a 5 foot 9 inch 140 lb Sophomore hitter because he is learning to swing like the elite hitters in Major League Baseball.
To Mike, The Best Hitting Coach Ever!! "I LOVE THIS SWING"
In our first lesson with Mike Sedberry we immediately learned what was actually a great baseball swing. Mike put Joel's swing on video next to the best hitters like Mike Trout, Ken Griffey Jr. etc. (I highly recommend this). Frame by frame he showed us how the best actually swing the bat and where we could improve, it was the opposite of what he was being taught (before top photo). Joel had so many bad habits to unlearn and like almost everyone he was still being told to stay back, squish the bug, twist the hips, fast hands, hands to ball, all the things the very best hitters don't do. It was tough to change but thankfully we kept working on it. By Joel's freshman year (last year) much of what Mike had shown him was sinking in and he ended the year hitting .357 with a .614 on base percentage.
We returned in December knowing we wanted to learn everything about Mike's swing. Joel is working hard implementing everything Mike is teaching him (now bottom photo) and he is now making changes on the spot and the results are tremendous. Joel's ability to consistently hit the ball to all fields with authority has become a thing of beauty to see. The last 2 weeks Joel has bought into Mike's swing 100%. In the 9 games since his batting average is .667 with a .759 on base percentage. He's had 14 hits of which 5 were doubles, 3 triples, a no doubt home run that was crushed and 14 rbi's. His swing looks so effortless and this is a result of Mike's coaching and Joel's work ethic. Joel gives Mike his best testament with these simple words "I LOVE THIS SWING!" Come learn with the best hitting coach around. Gene Putney
have learned in over 20 years in baseball there are over 100 ways being taught how to hit a baseball. Mike Sedberry, by far, teaches the best way for everyone to hit a baseball. The swing you teach is amazing. The difference it has made in my son's hitting in only one year is incredible. The power my son now generates is shocking. My son at 12 years old 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. Again, your swing is by far better than anything else being taught. As he works at what you are teaching us he keeps getting better and better". Thanks, Louie Moore
WOW! What a difference Mike Sedberry's swing has made. On the upper left Elijah in his first lesson is swinging how everyone is taught..."stay back, squish the bug, twist the hips, fast hands, swing hard, etc."... but it is WRONG!! The upper right is several months later and is much better. The bottom left is now, WOW. Look at the amazing progression compared to the bottom right hitter who is one of, if not the best hitter in MLB today. Elijah now has so much more power and much more consistently hits line drives. This swing isn't made for soft toss, it's the real deal at the plate. Thank you Mike Sedberry for everything. We appreciate you!!! Shawn Strickland
I am finding out Mike Sedberry is the only one that actually teaches what the best hitters are doing in their swing. Sadly, I see hitters being taught to stay back, squish the bug, twist the hips, fast hands, swing fast and swing down. We learned from Mike the best hitters do none of these hitting cues and we can see why because when he does any of them, like he had been taught, he looks and hits terrible. His swing looks so fast and jerky, he mostly hits weak grounders to the left and popups to the right. When he does your swing he looks so effortless and hits the ball with 100% more power and consistency (the pictures are a double off the top of the fence). He is a completely different hitter now. The difference your swing has made in his power and consistency is amazing and has changed our lives. Thank you so much, Gary Medley
What Mike Sedberry has done for Kiersten's hitting and pitching is amazing. I can't believe that is my daughter doing so well. Before you, we were working on what everyone was telling us about hitting (squish the bug, twist the hips, stay back and fast hands). She was really struggling to even hit the ball and had no power. With your swing she is hitting the ball so much better and with power. In the last 2 1/2 months her batting average is .606 with 3 home runs, 3 triples and 19 RBI'S. WOW. Seeing these results in just 5 months with you blows my mind. Your swing is amazing. Jason Edge
The swing Mike Sedberry teaches is jaw-dropping better than anything being taught. Luke is 7 years old and plays on a travel team that hits off a 38 mph pitching machine from 36 feet, that equals a 49 mph fastball in Little League. On Tuesday he swung hard like the (before photo) and had 3 strikeouts and a little dribbler. We said next game start using the swing Mike is teaching you. The difference was amazing. First time up he did your swing (after photo) , it looked so effortless, clearly the opposite from last game and he hit the ball to the fence. We went nuts. Next time up coach put the outfielders back farther and he hit it 2 feet from the fence. His 3rd at bat parents were saying "you have to watch this kid's swing" and he hit one that bounced over the fence, everyone went crazy. Then his 4th at bat he bounced it over the fence again. His swing now looks so different from anyone else and the results are simply amazing. All this power from a kid 4 foot 8 inches tall and 51 lbs. WOW. Mike & Rhonda Cahal
The difference Mike Sedberry's swing has made in Tristans hitting is magical. When we first came to you he was staying back, twisting the hips and swinging fast (before photo). He could hit the ball but he had little power. Soon as he trusted and started using your swing everything changed (after photo). He immediately started hitting more line drives with significantly more power. The last 2 years have been amazing. Last year he batted .564 with 7 home runs. This year he is batting over .600 and he has hit a stunning 29 homeruns. I can't say enough about how much better Tristan bats after a lesson with Mike. Any kid struggling or wanting to get better needs to come in and see Mike. Angie and Mark Harless
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
The results of Mike Sedberry's 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
Mike Sedberry, you are a miracle worker. What you have done for Cooper's hitting is nothing short of amazing. We were being taught most of the wrong hitting cues from your list for 8 years. Your swing has changed his career. Last year his batting average was .115 and this year he hit .423 all because of your swing. His high school coach can't believe the difference in his power and consistency. He is now leading the team in hitting. You have a real gift for teaching. Thanks, Travis Branson
The swing Mike Sedberry teaches is head and shoulders better than anything being taught, anywhere.
It helped my son, who rarely hit the ball out of the infield, become the most powerful hitter in St. Albans Little League history hitting a record 22 home runs and batting over .750 while weighing only 90 lbs.
Before his freshman year 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 else. Your swing is easy to learn, you just have to work at it and the results are amazing. We owe all this success to you, thanks again, Gary Medley
When I started my daughter with Mike Sedberry she had been an average hitter and pitcher. She had several instructors that taught her things like “squish the bug”,"twist the hips" and "fast hands". After taking the very first video lesson it was obvious these characteristics are not what the most successful professionals and college hitters are doing. In April during her ASA opening tournament she hit 5 home runs and was dominate on the mound. During a 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. Allen Halley
Mike Sedberry your swing is amazing. This weekend we played all the big Lexington baseball school teams and a couple from Louisville. We faced the best pitching I've ever seen in every game and Trent only made 1 out all weekend and that was a laser hit to left field. He was 8 for 9 with 5 walks and 1 hit by pitch. WOW! Jeff Rutledge
( These are just a few of the many more testimonials from our students on the baseball and softball batting testimonials pages. )
Every baseball and fastpitch softball hitter that comes in for lessons says they are hitting the ball but don't have near the power or consistency they would like to have. Sadly, the reason for this is 99% of baseball and softball batters are being taught the wrong (worst) hitting cues (listed below) by their coaches, hitting instructors, former High School, College and Pro players, at college and pro hitting camps, by other parents and from instructional books.
Worse, almost all middle school, high school, college and professional coaches either teach the worst hitting cues below or send their players to instructors that do teach them which is the reason hitting at all 4 of these levels have gotten so much worse every year.
They are the reason Major League hitting has gone down so drastically the last 14 years. In 2006 the average MLB player hit .269 and had a strikeout percent of 16.8%. In 2018 the average MLB player had a batting average of only .248 which is the lowest since 1972 and a strikeout percentage of 22.3%. Last year is also the first year in MLB history that there were more strikeouts in a season than hits. This year the average MLB batter hit only .252 which is the fifth lowest batting average since 1970 (50 years) and had the highest strikeout percent (23%) in the history of baseball since 1871.
Hitting keeps going down only because 99% of players are being taught the worst hitting cues below.
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 your hips or rotate your hips
Swing down like chopping wood or swing level
Fast hands or throw your hands at the ball
Snap your wrist at contact (use top hand)
Bat knob to the ball
Don't dip your back shoulder
Because 99% of baseball hitters are being taught the worst hitting cues from above this is what all of our new students look like at impact. They are late, inconsistent and little power. This should not be happening!
This is one of my students that looks the opposite of 99% of hitters at impact because he is learning how to correctly swing like the very best hitters. He only weighs 140 pounds and has become one of the most powerful and consistent hitters in the state.
These swings show what elite hitters look like at impact. They look the opposite of 99% of hitters in baseball because they are doing none of the bad hitting cues above. This is why elite batters hit the ball so much more consistently and with more power, year after year, than the average hitter.
It's the same in softball. The before picture shows what she looked like before our lessons and what 99% of our new softball students look like at impact (late, inconsistent and little power) because they have been learning the worst hitting cues from above. The after picture shows what she looks like at impact now after learning how to swing like the the very best hitters in softball. Amazing difference in her timing, power and hitting line drives much more consistently.
This is what elite hitters in softball look like at impact. They also look the opposite of 99% of hitters in softball. They are doing none of the bad hitting cues above.
This is another one of my students that learned how to swing like the very best hitters. So powerful at impact. This is a triple off the fence.
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 giving them much less power, consistency and bad timing. For the average batter these hitting cues are much more devastating.
I ask every new student and their parents what they have been learning, almost all say the same thing. They learned how to squish the bug, twist the hips, stay back, swing down and use fast hands. Each lesson they went to, the instructor would just sit on a bucket or stand and throw pitches and tell the student good swing, now twist or swing faster. They started getting frustrated because the harder they would swing the worse their hitting became. I hear this from parents everywhere, it doesn't need to be this way
Mike Sedberry's 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 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 and 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 learn the exact hitting mechanics of the very best hitters in baseball and fastpitch softball. You will learn them step by step so you can become a more powerful and consistent hitter. 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. 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. I then show them how their swing compares with the very best professional hitters. Students and parents are amazed that their swing looks the complete opposite of the very best hitters because of everything they have been taught. They also see they will now start learning the exact hitting mechanics of the very best. Don't settle for anything less!
Baseball players swings are compared with the elite MLB hitters like Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Ken Griffey Jr. and others. Students and parents get to see the very best hitters all swing virtually the same way. You will learn step by step the exact way they swing the bat.
Fastpitch Softball players swings are compared with the elite 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. You will learn step by step the exact way they swing the bat.
The video is very important because you get to see that elite hitters all swing the same. Sadly, most hitters don't reach their full potential because what they are learning makes them swing the OPPOSITE of the best hitters.
Mike's four step program will show you how the best hitters:
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 improve your timing. Give us a call and start learning now how to hit with much more power and a higher average 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. 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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