Chris was Taylor’s original “rotational” student beginning his 9U season, and he has been devoted to that core teaching ever since. His consistent and persistent work under Taylor’s guidance has produced results that have exceeded our wildest expectations. Chris has been successful competing at the highest levels of youth baseball while playing with one of the nation’s most competitive teams: the Rattlers. The Rattlers have won five national tournaments: 9U Triple Crown, 10U USSSA Elite 24, 12U Cooperstown Week 4, 12U Super Series Super 16 and the 12U National Youth Baseball Championship with Chris batting in the heart of its line up. If you are considering helping your player, I can only say one thing: “Do it and do it Taylor’s way.” If you have questions about his approach, take a look at any great major league hitter, and you will see the same core movements that Taylor will teach your player. If you question whether your child can do it, consider that Chris picked this up at age 8, and with Taylor’s support, he has worked hard to develop a swing that has produced a high average with power. Chris consistently puts the ball in play with punch, minimizes strike-outs and hits the ball with power including a stretch during this past 12U season that included 11 homeruns in 11 games. The only question I have for you is: “What are you waiting on?”
We first met during the spring 2011 high school baseball season when I was a freshman. I asked my Dad to setup a lesson with you because I heard that you taught hitters how to use their body to generate power. I’ve always been a good hitter but with the bats changing to BBCOR next season, I was concerned about generating enough power to hit line drives to the fence. I was taught to use my hands with very little focus on my body as a power source. Since I was in the middle of my high school baseball season and was hitting the ball well, my intention was to have one lesson with you and figure out if I agreed with your approach and make changes at the end of the season. Your presentation was so convincing I decided to make radical changes to my swing in mid-season. In other words, once I saw your presentation I couldn’t go back to hitting with my hands. I worked on my swing with you for the rest of the spring and throughout the summer. At this point, I know I’m using my body to generate power and saw the results both this summer and this fall on the field. I’ve looked at the before and after video of my swing and the change is huge. This past weekend, I hit two homeruns. The longest was hit over the 370’ sign—it didn’t just barely get over, it was WAY gone. The hitting mechanics you teach really work.
Thanks for all your help.
Griffin Jones / The Woodlands High School
Adams team lost in the semi-finals of a tournament this weekend. His stats: 7AB’s, 6 hits: 1 double, 4 Hr’s and 9 RBI’s in 3 games. He missed a game tying shot that was just foul in the bottom of the 6th in the last game. It was one of the longest drives I have ever seen ANYONE hit. He was on fire. His BA is back up to .500. Thanks!!!
Adams Stats Comparison
AB RUNS HITS 2B 3B HR RBI SO WALKS BA OB% SLUG%
81 20 34 3 0 8 33 9 15 .420 .535 .753
AB RUNS HITS 2B 3B HR RBI SO WALKS BA OB% SLUG%
83 27 43 11 0 13 44 10 20 .518 .633 1.120
I have worked with Taylor for almost as long as I can remember. Not only was I the first girl Taylor had ever worked with, I was also one of the first of his players to work with him on the rotational swing. He began teaching rotational hitting when I was in 7th grade, and I bought into it right away. From the beginning, I saw nothing but positive results- my swing became more powerful, and I was hitting the ball harder than ever before. I continued working with Taylor through junior high and high school and still come home during breaks to hit with him. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, playing softball on a full ride scholarship. I don’t think I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for Taylor and lots of hard work. He can see things no one else can, which makes it so much easier to tweak those little things. Throughout my career, Taylor has meant so much to me and has continued to help me be successful.
Just wanted to let you know that I hit 4 homeruns this weekend. I also hit one long foul ball that would have been gone if it was to stay fair. One of the balls I hit, the left fielder never moved, he just turned and watched it land. Couldn’t do it without you. Thanks
This is Cindy, Colin’s mom from yesterday’s lesson. You will not believe it, but he just hit a grand slam. Never before has he done this. I should also mention that it was a tied game and the time had expired. Walk-off!!! We both agreed when we left yesterday that it was the best lesson he has ever had. Thought you might like to know.
Cindy Durrett mother of Colin Durrett (Soph. at Concordia H.S.)
After several years of being successful at the plate, I found myself in a slump and lacking the power and confidence I once had. After training with Taylor Bales for his week long intensive rotational mechanics program, along with several follow up lessons, I began understanding the concept “the video analysis is an eye opener”. I’m now hitting the ball harder with less effort and greater results, and I finished my senior year batting .536 with a .964 slugging percentage. Thank you, Taylor, for all of your help and dedication to the game you love; you will make my transition to the next level easier because of your program. All young athletes willing to work hard and dedicate themselves to be the best should be in your program.
Brandi Virgil #2
University of Michigan
End of 2010 stats:
Avg. .536 , Slug % .964, 17 singles, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 4 HR’s, 24 RBI’s
HOPE ALL IS WELL FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILEY..I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A QUICK UP DATE ON BRANDI..SHE PLAYED IN 7 GAMES THIS FALL STARTING 4 AND PLAYED IN ALL OF THEM FINISHING WITH THE 2ND BEST HITTING AVE OF .435 WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN.
Just wanted to update you on Joseph’s hitting. He went throught the rotational system with you one year ago. When you got him, his swing was pretty much broken. We were looking for a system that would be more that just modifying what he was already doing. We wanted a complete system and not a method that requires regular long-term instruction, constant tweaking and constantly adjusting the mechanics. We started researching and found you and the rotational hitting. It was exactly what we were looking for. The system and the drills you presented and worked him through has changed his hitting forever. Also, not just anybody can take a system and teach it to a child and make him successful. It takes a real coach that can work with a kid and find a way to make him truly grasp the concepts. You are an excellent coach and really in tune with what it takes to communicate with a kid. Since he completed your system, he has seen you one additional time; no regular visits, no tweaking, just sticking to the system and letting the fundamental concepts guide him. His average is up, his power is increased, and he is hitting hard to all areas of the field.
Thanks, Joe Miller
My son, Ben, finished his 11 major season with a good batting average but lacking the power he desired, and had yet to hit his first home run. With the start of the new year in January ’08, Ben and I met with Taylor for an introductory evaluation of Ben’s swing and to discuss the rotational hitting philosophy. The logic behind it, coupled with the great rapport Taylor created with Ben sealed our commitment for a seven lesson, two week program. Fast forward to July 18 at the USSSA World Series in Grand Prairie, Texas where Ben’s team faced the Louisiana State Champion in the title game. Ben went three for three on 5 pitches with three home runs – one to each field. Certainly, Ben couldn’t have accomplished this without his hard work and the teachings of Taylor Bales at Pure Power Hitting. He got his first home run in March, and had consistent results throughout the season. Ben’s batting average increased by almost 100 points, and his slugging percentage jumped by even more. One third of his hits were doubles, triples and home runs. It’ not magic, but with hard work this program generates results.
I just wanted to thank you and encourage you to continue your study and teaching of the proper swing sequence (which is rotational!). Not only have you helped me improve, you have also contributed to regaining the enjoyment I had for this game as a kid. The next generation needs this before they are polluted with ineffective techniques which lead to nothing but frustration.
Matt Pali (Former LA Angel)
A few years back when my child was 9, my wife and I had some issues with our child’s “Kyle” swing. When we first started select baseball, it was a different world. It seemed every daddy coach that saw Kyle swing would say they same thing, “he’s not swinging the bat correctly.” I was not one to say very much, but I am a person of curiosity. I watched other kids swing and make contact with the ball just as my child. I never saw any difference between their kids or mine. Their kid’s weren’t knocking the ball out of the park. Anyhow we had a coach who was really giving Kyle a hard time, and would yell at him while he was batting. So my wife and I decided to take some batting lessons, it wasn’t the first time we had done this, but it also has never been explained to me quite like this before. Taylor Bale explained the difference between rotational hitting and linear hitting. Well I’m here to tell you I’ve never played baseball in my life, but what Taylor explained made more sense to me than what any other daddy coach has every said ( Quote SWING DOWN AT THE BALL ). After taking several lessons from Taylor we met heavy resistance from other coaches, but we continued to practice this type of swing path. I am here to tell you it works. Don’t think for a minute your kid won’t strike out, but sense Kyle started learning Rotational hitting, he has produced more line drive shots over the infield because it really boils down to one thing, ” I HOPE MY KID GETS ON BASE.” The following year Kyle continued to practice his swing and was able to get good sound mechanics working on his power V extension. Through our 10 year old season I watched Kyle go 8 out of 10 with all 8 hits known as frozen ropes and all 8 hits striking the fence at 210 feet. By the way the other two were walks. The power Kyle had from his swing it sounded as if the bat was going to break. During our world series Kyle hit a line shot so hard, it took the second baseman’s glove off his hand and the glove and ball landed in center field. Taylor has been a great inspiration to Kyle’s batting performance. Thanks Taylor