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.
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 information 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 softball hitting method works and another doesn’t. We have and will continue to let conventional wisdom go by the wayside. While the game of softball has been around for over a hundred years improving on a hitter’s approach at the plate is key successful hitting. The advancement in video technology over the past 20+ years gives and our Hittrax batting simulator gives us the opportunity to 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 there 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 (flyball or pop up), and is thought to be most popular in little league and softball. The second style, the approach we see professional, NCAA, and Olympic 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 slick AstroTurf infields that encouraged hitting the ball on the ground. But — when was the last time you played on an AstroTurf field? In youth leagues, the popularity of the extremely light weight aluminum bats also helps the swing down approach providing assistance that the hitting technique could not.
There is a reason why so many youth baseball and softball players struggle to perform. The age old tactic of hitting the top of the ball to just to put the 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 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 that elevating the ball to a 10-30 degree angle will provide your son or daughter more base hits.
As you watch NCAA, Olympic, and professional 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 clips of NCAA Softball players, MLB MVP winners (Bryce Harper & Andrew McCutchen), Anthony Rendon, Kris Bryant, Trey Turner, Yogi Berra, and many more. Our approach is proven and your softball player will develop more power, hit the ball further, and each that extra base. Tom House once said at our Dulles Academy “a pitcher’s worst nightmare is when a player’s bat is on the same plane as the pitcher’s ball.”