I have learned many things throughout my years of coaching, playing, and watching baseball. When it comes to hitting, the one thing every hitter tries to achieve is making good solid contact. Nobody will ever tell you not to make solid contact. However, you will have people tell you the many different ways to get to contact. I have been able to develop a philosophy that has been successful at many different age levels. Do I believe that there is only one way to teach a swing? Absolutely not, and I am continuing to learn new things as my career goes on. One piece of technology that I have had the benefit of using at BASES has been the Right View Pro Video Analysis. This program has enabled me to break down and teach each aspect of the swing piece by piece. The Right View Pro Video Analysis compliments my philosophy and provides me with great tools such as video tutorials and a frame by frame break down of the swing. My philosophy about hitting is always evolving, but I think that having these steps will build the foundation that you need to develop a sweet swing!
P- Patience. As a hitter you must be patient. You dictate what pitch you want to hit, therefore you must be patient and hit your pitch.
F- Focus. No matter what happens in previous at bats, or in the field, you must remain focused and take it one at bat, one pitch at a time. Your at bat starts in the on deck circle.
I- Inside. Keep your hands inside and above the ball. This will allow you to drive the ball to all fields.
S- Stance. Choose a stance that you feel comfortable in. You must be balanced in the box before you can do anything else.
T- Timing. Having a good timing mechanism will allow you to react to your pitch and adjust to hard to hit pitches.
N- Never. Never take your eyes off of the ball. Watch the ball all the way to the bat.
E- Explode.When you get your pitch, you must explode through the ball. This doesnít mean to try and hit a homerun every time, but you should always try to hit the ball hard.
R- Repetition. The only way that you will perfect your swing is to practice good swings and have many repetitions. You donít always have to hit live balls to get reps, dry swings work great.
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Drill of the Month
Each month I will choose a new skill to spotlight. Watch the video below and see how you can practice it at home on your own.
Nathaniel Anthony- 13, Baltimore Flat Rocks I participated in your week long camp at B.A.S.E.S. In doing so, I had a great time and learned so much more about playing baseball. The one on one analysis of my hitting, through the video, helped me understand things that I need to stay focused on. The technique in which you showed me about bunting will definitely help my game. The position I will be playing most of the time is shortstop. You showed me so many things about how to approach that position. While being very informative, we also had lots of fun playing games that helped us with situational plays. By the way, I was very impressed how far you can hit the baseball. You crushed it! One day I want to hit like you. After working out at this camp, you recommended that I play at the Metro level so I will be more challenged before going to North County. I tried out for the Baltimore Flat Rocks, who will be playing in the Metro league and I made the team. A lot of things Coach Chris, from the Flat Rocks, is instructing me to do is what I learned from you, Coach Joe. I look forward to attending more of your camps.
Nick Benges- Sophomore, West Virginia Wesleyan College: Follow Nick at: www.wvwc.edu/athletics/sports/baseball/roster.asp Coach Pfistner is one of the main reasons that I developed into one of the best ball players in the state during my high school career, and one of the main reasons our team got a top 25 national ranking. He works with you and tries to fix things to where they work for you. He knows exactly what he is talking about. An excellent coach and an excellent person.
Evan Groh- 9, Lake Shore Bluesox My son Evan has been playing baseball since he was five. He is nine now and is playing for the Lake Shore Bluesox. I contribute a lot of his success with coach Joe Pfistner and BASES. The training he has got from Coach Pfistner was outstanding. Joe Pfistner has not only been a baseball instructor to my son, but a mentor and a friend.
Contact Coach Pfistner
The best and easiest way to contact me is through email. I check it often and will reply back in a timely manner. My email address is email@example.com. You can also just post a question or request on the forum (see above), which I also check regularly. If none of theses options work for you, you can simply call BASES and get any information that you may need. Business cards and my cell phone number are available upon request. Thank you and hope to talk to you soon!