Every student who attends a hitting lesson at the Pinkman Academy will experience a full voice-over video analysis of their swing and our Hittrax batting simulator. The Hittrax measures real-time data (ball exit velocity, launch angle, and distance) displaying live results for immediate feedback. We will analyze key performance metrics through video and the Hittrax to identify your tendencies before stepping onto the field.

You are about to be introduced to something DIFFERENT.

Our families have come to rely on the Pinkman Academy for professional instruction that produces results. As teaching professionals we gather and share the best McCutcheninformation available, educate players, and improve their experience in the game. We invest in technology and advanced training for the sole purpose of bringing you the best training available. The bottom line is always about producing results.

We study why one baseball or softball hitting method works and another doesn’t. We have and will continue to let conventional wisdom go by the wayside. While the games of baseball and softball have been around for over a hundred years improving on a hitter’s approach at the plate is key successful hitting. With the advancement in video technology over the past 20+ years, and the addition of the Hittrax batting simulator, we study how the best in the game continue to be the best, and to incorporate more specific training methods to track individual progress.

Since 2004 we have discovered their are two styles of hitting — 1) a hands to the ball – swing down approach, and 2) a stronger more consistent professional style hitting approach. The first style teaches you to swing down on the ball to avoid hitting the ball in the air (fly-ball or pop up), and is thought to be most popular in little league and softball. The second style, the “professional” approach we see MLB and NCAA hitters adopt, teaches you to match the plane of your swing to the plane of the oncoming pitch, maximizing the opportunity for the energy the batter produces to be directed back in to the ball. The professional approach or “Rotational hitting” is a technique that was used by the greatest hitter ever, Ted Williams. It became less popular in the 70’s due to AstroTurf fields that encouraged hitting the ball on the ground. In youth leagues, the popularity of the extremely light bats also helps the swing down approach providing assistance that the hitting technique could not.

There is a reason why so many youth Oregonvs-Washington-softball-281-254x292baseball and softball players struggle to perform. The age old tactic of just putting the baseball or softball “in play” just isn’t cutting it these days. Players today want more than just to “make contact”. Players want to see the ball leave the infield by hitting the ball in to the outfield. Players want to see more extra-base hits. With the technology of baseball and softball bats improving year after year the “hands to the ball” swing down approach just doesn’t allow for players to maximize their opportunities. Our HitTrax batting simulator will instantly show you how elevating the ball to a 10-30 degree angle will provide your son or daughter more base hits.

As you watch MLB, NCAA, Olympic, and baseball and softball hitters on TV with the 1000fps slow motion replay please notice the path or plane of their swing – no matter where the ball is pitched. Better yet visit our academy and view our slow motion images of  the best hitters in the game and our past and present students. We will show you in game clips of MVP winners (Bryce Harper & Andrew McCutchen), Anthony Rendon, Kris Bryant, Trey Turner, Yogi Berra, and many more. Our approach is proven and your baseball or softball player will develop more power, hit more consistency, and hit the ball further. Tom House once said at our Academy “a pitcher’s worst nightmare is when a player’s bat is on the same plane as the pitcher’s ball.”

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Join us On Demand & Send Us a Video!

Are you unable to visit the Pinkman Academy because you live in another state? Click Here to view detailed directions on how to send us a video clip of your throwing motion or swing. Send us your video and we will reply with a full voice-over video analysis.


Click here to watch a comparison analysis of one of our 14 year old students and Washington Nationals Outfielder Jason Werth

Click on the video below to watch MLB Network Eric Byrnes and Al Leiter talk about how the swing has evolved……….or rather…..not evolved.


Click on the video below to view one of the many Hitting drills we have on our YouTube Channel.

Click below to hear what ESPN’s Sport Science and the Science Channel have to offer about hitting.

The Physics of Baseball – Hitting



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