While I am admittedly an utter baseball nobody, I have done
my homework and I do know what I am
talking about. As a result, my hitting and pitching clients achieve
significant results when they follow my
As proof of this, on this page I have reprinted some of
the unsolicited e-mail testimonials I have received from clients and readers
who have had success implementing the ideas I talk about on my
web site and in my hitting products.
While I started out with the goal of teaching pitchers, I
have actually had more immediate results teaching hitters.
is the e-mail I received that convinced me that I knew what I
was talking about when it came to explaining and teaching
My son is a freshman (going to be redshirted) at a
D1 school in the South. To make a long story short, he has
always been a devotee of rotational hitting since about 13
years old. He has done well but adding your extras to his
hitting has put him on his coach's map for next year. He is
redshirting because of an injury but can still hit and has
been popping HRs in BP with regularity (as in virtually
every BP) whereas before it used to be a once in a blue moon
kind of thing. He's no monster at 5'11 and 195 but now can
hit them as far or farther than anyone on his team. No
Here is the most recent testimonial I have received.
When I first purchased your
program I was a bit nervous that I was wasting my money.
Six weeks later, my nervousness has turned to extreme
delight! Your depth of knowledge and research is exemplary.
More importantly, you have the ability to convey every
aspect of the swing clearly and thoroughly. My 11 year old
son has been transformed in just 6 weeks! We have certainly
put in many hours of practice in that time, but it is
showing great dividends. He has gone from hitting every
ball straight down into the ground to driving the ball with
considerable power. His confidence has skyrocketed! The
best part of it all is that he is beginning to understand
the high level swing. I am extremely thankful to have found
Here are some other recent testimonials.
I have read your works and have your
DVD. I used to show them to my college hitters and recommend
your site. Often I have told many of my students that, "I
would rather my own son take a lesson from Chris O'leary
than many of the guys I played with." Excellent work on
describing the swing and best wishes to you! Keep up the
Thank you for your hard work and research. Your
deep understanding of the complexities of a baseball swing allow you to produce
terrific webbooks and ebooks that simplfy the concepts for novices like me. And
your mid-season correction in my 12 year old's hitting posture was so basic but
had a dramatic and immediate impact on his hitting for the balance of the
season. The smallest kid was hitting better than the select players on his team
after your correction, and his confidence soared. His biggest highlight was
pulling a line drive down the LF line in the District Final game against the
hardest thrower in the league. I highly recommend your client site to
everyone. You are truly an expert.
THANK YOU CHRIS.
We bought your information a
little over a year ago. Below is a picture of my son hitting
his first homer since moving up to the 90 foot field. His
name is ____ and he is 14 years old. Homer to the Left Field
Attached is a clip of my son. We have been
a client of yours for a few years. Your information
has helped me, as a dad and former college player,
figure hitting out.
Too bad my dad didn't know this
I have devoured every word of your hitting webbooks
many times over, and it's given me great certainty
on how to teach my son the proper hitting mechanics.
The clip is of him this past weekend hitting a line drive
about 270 ft in the air. He's only 11 years old, in the 5th grade
and weighs 106 lbs.
I have a clip of him hitting one 305 ft when he was 10 years
old (no exageration, there were eyewitnesses). I will send
that one too.
Thanks to your influence he's in the upper portion of
hitters in our state for his age bracket and he still has baby
You owe it to yourself to get on Chris O'Leary's
client website. It is outstanding. His message about the correct way to hit
a baseball or softball is spelled out in great detail. The video clips
are classic. Live game video of the best hitters in baseball and
What a combination; the words of one of the most
knowledgeable hitting coaches, someone who is on the cutting edge, and
clips of the
best hitters in the game today and from the past.
I will warn you
that once you get on this site you can spend hours reading
Chris analysis and watching video of the best hitters in the world.
It is a one of a kind website for learning how to hit a baseball or
Purchased your DVD back in December and told
you I would update you on our progress in regard to
adopting your rotational hitting techniques. As a
reminder we are a first year 14A girls fast pitch team,
_____ out of _____. We are fortunate that a few fields
have been built over the last 5 years that offer
artificial turf so our season starts earlier every year.
For the last few months I have thrown out most
everything I was teaching and have implemented
everything from your dvd and web page that I feel will
help our girls understand the concepts of rotational
hitting and understanding the stages of the rotational
swing. I have kept it very simple working most of the
same drills over and over and focusing a much larger
percentage of our time hitting live.
We had our first tournament at the 14A level over the
weekend and quickly became known as the team full of
power hitters at the tournament. Every girl on our team
had at least one hard hit fly ball that hit near the
outfield fence. We had several shots throughout the
weekend that one hopped the fence and we had our first
over the fence home run, which just happened to be a
grand slam. On Saturday alone we scored 34 runs in
three games and dominated every team we faced.
I was fortunate that when I came in to winter workouts
with a completely new hitting philosophy and a complete
new set of drills from what we had been teaching in the
past, that all of my coaching staff agreed 100% to
commit to teaching your techniques. The results were
far beyond what any of us expected and we are convinced
that we will be a power hitting force to be reckoned
with each time we take the field.
While we hit well last year and finished our season
strong we always felt our weakness was hitting for power
throughout our line up.
I have used your model with my 6 year old and he is
doing fantastic. No real problems to get rid of at the
start. In fact he naturally was swinging the way you advised
and we were trying to change him. Not so much success with
my 5th grader who we taught linear hitting from the outset. He is a great contact hitter, but cannot hit the ball hard. Supports your theory completely. Thanks for all you do.
I have enjoyed the Rotational Hitting 101 DVD -- and the results my twin boys have experienced in the last tournament. They hit well above their seasonal average and they hit with more power. Grounders that would usually get caught got through the gaps. First twin went from batting .275 to .428 -- and second twin went from .300 to .466 for the 5 game tournament. Even batting practice is more fun to watch when they hit several hard line drives in a row to the outfield.
Here's an e-mail from a minor league ballplayer.
What a great website! I am heading into my first
professional season in the _____ League with the _____ _____
and I have been learning how to do exactly what the photos
of rotational hitting show. I understood it before but now I
can visually see and relate to the pictures of Pujols, he is
truly amazing. If you ever want to go to a game in _____
this summer, if you are from around there then let me know. It is going to be an experience for me so I couldn't tell you
what to expect. Thanks again for this site. I appreciate it. Did
you play professionally?
Here's an e-mail from the brother of a D-1 college ballplayer.
My brother is highly recognized nationally for
his glove but has always been just average in his hitting.
After watching some of the clips on your website he's hit 2 home runs in
pre season games and he's never done that before so we're
expecting him to get drafted in the higher rounds this year.
Here's an e-mail from a college hitter.
Before I began reading the information on your website I was
hitting weak groundballs and occasional base hits. After
learning a number of different principles such as
hand path and separation, I became a gap to
gap hitter with power to all fields.
Here's an e-mail from a college hitter.
A few weeks ago, I discovered your website and have been
surfing it and reading almost daily every since I did, just
getting as much information as possible. I play catcher for the
University of ________ team and was reading online to find some
ways to improve on my swing because I had been struggling of
late. And I have been much more successful recently, as far
as I can see, because I studied the hitter analyses and swing
techniques you write about and everything started to make much
more sense. Especially, concerning my load and being more
efficient and direct with my hands. So I wanted to commend you
on your knowledge and efforts. Thank you very much, the site is
Here's an e-mail from a college hitter.
My name is Tony Bernazard. I'm a division 1 baseball player at
Jacksonville University and son of former Major Leaguer and now
Special Assistant to the GM and VP of Player Development of the
NY Mets named Tony Bernazard. After searching around to find some
swing analysis' of Major Leaguers, Manny Ramirez in particular,
I came across Chris O'Leary's website and it is hands down the
most helpful, easy to follow breakdown and instruction of the
Major League swing. I have been taught more on the lines of
linear hitting my whole life by my father and it had worked well
up until about 2 years ago when the college pitchers got a
scouting report on me. The ball just wasn't flying off the bat
as well. But after reading and listening to everything that
Chris O'Leary had to say about rotational hitting I, and my
coaches, have noticed a huge difference in my swing and the
results that follow. I was very skeptical at first because it
went against a lot of things that I have learned, and I have
trusted my dad because if it worked for him then he knows that
he is talking about, but then I realized that most major
leaguers, including him, aren't aware of what they actually do,
and that, just as Chris says, the vast majority of Major League
hitters follow the principles of rotational hitting, as the
should, no matter what they may think they do. I am only 5'9'',
150 lbs, and am now testing out the dimensions at our park, a
pitcher friendly park, on a regular basis. I am not even trying
to hit the ball out of the park but when you are hitting it hard
and well on almost every swing, it just tends to happen without
trying to. I thank Chris for educating me on what a Major League
swing really is and for helping me regain my confidence at the
plate. The draft is coming up in June and I have all the
confidence in the world that I will catch someone's eye with my
new found swing. I recommend Chris O'Leary's teachings and
philosophies to any baseball player at any level if they want to
step up their game at the plate. Thanks Chris.
Here's an e-mail from the father of a high school hitter.
My son is 15 and has always been a good hitter, many consider
him to have exceptional hands. However, he was prone to hitting
ground balls and in my opinion not as much pop as needed. He hit
We attended a seminar put on by Mike Epstein a few
months ago. It piqued my interest and I began learning about
rotational mechanics. I found your site and especially liked
your analysis of connection and indeed see this as key.
The picture analysis of various hitters also clearly
demonstrates what actually happens during a swing. The
combination of the load, stride and then the connected
rotational swing is there for anyone willing to see past their
My son has been hitting the smack out of the ball on
his high school team. He has already hit several triples and
doubles which is new for him. Most importantly he has a logical
approach to hitting which will allow him to grow in the future.
Here's an e-mail from a high school hitter.
I think your site is great. I probably spend an hour a day on
your site. I used to be a little punch hitter until I found your
website, but now I regularly hit the ball over outfielders
heads. I can also recognize most flaws in my teammates' swings.
Whenever they doubt the advice I'm giving them to improve, I
always take them to my house and show them your slow motion
analyses of hitters.
Here's an e-mail from another high school hitter.
You have done a better job than probably 90 percent of all
high school coaches on teaching the major league swing.
Here's an e-mail from a youth coach.
This Fall I coached a 7-8 yr old machine pitch recreational team.
All the kids at the beginning of the season had all sorts of swings
and many could get their bats on the ball. By the middle and especially
the latter part of the season, the kids were hitting, from the top to
the bottom of the line-up. No batting average was below .450 after
being taught rotational hitting fundamentals. The kids' confidence levels continued to increase and they were eager
to get out and hit after many started the season not wanting to be there
and fearing failure. The kids and parents were all excited at the season
end team party and were all talking about how far the boys had come.
They could not wait until the next season and were excited about baseball.
It was a great feeling to see these kids having a great time playing
These are unsolicited testimonials from doctors and experienced baseball
people who think I know what I'm talking about.
I am a former college pitcher and college coach who
has a graduate degree in exercise science. I came across
your site while teaching baseball instruction at a St. Louis
sports academy. I sent the link to a former professor of
physiology. He thought it was pretty solid stuff. I
played/coached baseball for over 20 years and I can honestly
say that almost everything I was taught about pitching
mechanics by those with the “experience” that your critics
say you lack was wrong. It wasn’t until I pursued graduate
work in exercise science that I came to my own conclusions
about pitching mechanics. Baseball is locked in tradition
and I am guessing the misinformation and useless drills will
continue for years to come. You are not asking kids to
emulate you. You are asking them to emulate Roger Clemens or
Greg Maddux. I found the high speed analysis of Roger
Clemens to be most valuable as I taught young pitchers
proper mechanics. Things got a little messy once he was
busted for steroids and news of his affair with a 15
year-old Mindy McCready surfaced, but I tried to stress that
his mechanics and not his judgment were to be emulated. I
have read Dick Mills’ epic book on pitching. I have read
Mike’s Marshall’s views. I have had the opportunity to work
with professors with tremendous knowledge in biomechanics
who themselves had collegiate baseball experience. I have
been taught things by former professional players and
coaches with decades of experience within the game. I have
played and coached at the youth, high school, and college
levels. Your site provides the best synthesis of the
positive aspects from every source I have encountered. I
know you don’t need fan mail, but I thought I would respond
to some of the arguments in the hate mail you have received.
I have the “experience” and know the “traditions” of the
game and I believe your site to be the best single source of
information on pitching mechanics I have ever encountered. I
only wish I had come across it when I was 12. Unfortunately,
I didn’t and instead endured one of the newest baseball
“traditions” – career ending elbow injuries.
Here's an e-mail I received regarding my dislike of the
Chris I am an orthopedic surgeon, and would like to offer you a theory on why the
Inverted W is bad to the long term health of the shoulder.
In the position of hyper abduction, elevation and
extension of the distal humerus above the shoulder
(inverted W) the inferior glenohumeral ligament is
placed on stretch. The humeral head must lever against
it to advance the arm forward. This ligament is the
primary anterior stabilizer of the glenohumeral joint
with the arm elevated (i.e. pitching). In other words,
this position places this ligament under tension, then
it is levered against in order to throw. This eventually
will either loosen the shoulder, or tear the anterior
It should be recognized this ligament is under stress during the "normal" delivery. If you traumatically dislocate your shoulder, this ligament is a key part of the pathology.
Shoulder instability in turn leads to impingement, and other problems. Conversely, when the elbow is below the shoulder, this ligament would not be as stressed.
Also, the specific use and timing of the muscles about the shoulder is critical. They have done muscle activity studies during throwing, and there are distinct differences between amateurs and professionals. There is also evidence for muscle use differences in the healthy shoulders, and the ones that aren't.
Pitching and Hitting Testimonials
Below are some unsolicited testimonials from people who have had success
with both my information about
My son and I are viewing your website as an instructional.
We changed his hitting swing by implementing your breakdown
that explains what is going on. He made tremendous progress.
We are now implementing the throwing techniques (not for
pitching but just throwing in general).
Today, one of the mothers at school, informed me that her
son (who plays minor Little League) is losing interest
because he is struggling and not hitting the ball. This is
his first year of learning baseball.
I informed her of your website and what a difference it has
made in just a few weeks with my son.
Her husband is in the same situation as me. We don't know
about baseball and have never played it. They will be
viewing your website tonight with their son.
I would like to thank you personally for putting up a
website that is non-baseball knowledge friendly! I don't know
a lot about baseball but now I have some knowledge of
baseball on throwing and hitting.
A big mahalo (thank you) from the big island of Hawaii!
I have developed an international following, with readers
in Serbia, South Africa, Cameroon, and a number of other
countries. Here is an e-mail I received from a baseball
coach in Italy.
Dear Chris, first of all excuse me for my English. I am an
Italian coach from Rome, I train a team boys here called "New Roma
Baseball." From when I have discovered your site the output of
my team has changed completely receiving many successes and, in
the meantime, you have allowed me to adjourn me and to
constantly grow. In Italy the technique of the baseball, both as
it regards the pitcher that the batter, is not very evolved and
the things that I have read have been of fundamental importance
for me is to local level that national. I have, besides, put to
the current one many Italian technicians of the existence of
your site and all you/they are having satisfaction enormous of
it. Thanks to you my boys and me same we are I am very improved.
And' a pleasure to see children (from the 9 a 12 years) to
strike the ball with so much power and explosiveness. All of my
boys launch following the principles from you brought and some
of them (7) they have been select for the regional and national
selections. Thanks. I will be among the first ones that will
purchase your book.