I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Huber – “Hubie Magic” – as part of my travel baseball season the summer of 2012. I was 17 when I met Coach Hubie and was what I would call an average hitter. My high school baseball coach was not too impressed with my swing and I really needed to improve if I wanted to continue to play for the team. I decided to ask for Coach Hubie’s help, and that was the best thing I could have ever done for my baseball game.
One of the things he did for me during this season was not only tell me about Ted Williams’ swing, but he also showed me how I could be a better hitter. His soft spoken style of teaching, his positive way of explaining how the swing works, and his continual reassurance of how I am doing helped me more than I ever thought it could.
Coach Hubie taught me that I needed to use the muscles in my back and hips to improve my swing, and after one lesson, I benefited by the power that his swing generated in me. I plan to work with Coach Hubie a lot this fall and winter to continue the improvement of my swing and my power. I am certain that this coming season I will be the best hitter on my league because of Hubie Magic and Mike Huber. Everyone can benefit from his teaching!
-Josh H, Bartlett, IL.
I met Hubie at a training session by my house after hearing an interview with him on The Score talking about his ability to teach the Ted Williams style of hitting. Having owned the Science of Hitting, I was a willing student and quickly signed up for lessons.
It took some time to develop the muscle memory and integrating the swing into actual game conditions as opposed to batting practice. Then, about a month later, it happened. I jumped on a high fastball and broke up a two-two ball game with a booming 3 run homer. I never saw the ball off the bat so while I knew I hit it hard, I did not know where.
When I got back to the bench I asked a player where the ball landed. He pointed to the outer reaches of right field and said,"Out there, by the trees." I couldn't believe it and said, you mean that's where it rolled to. He quickly corrected me and said, "No, that's where it landed. You crushed it." Not only was this the farthest I ever hit a ball, it landed where few balls do.
I would compare learning Hubie's technique to instantly adding 50 pounds to a dead-lift, squat or bench press. More importantly, his process allows you react to the ball almost without thinking. The loading mechanism and the swing does all the work without you having to think too much. And like weight lifting, your confidence will soar when you unlock your body's true potential.
It has been said that the definition of genius is to be able to take something complicated and explain it in simple terms. Hubies genius is his ability to articulate a complex concept concisely. Heck, he explains it more easily than Ted Williams. (You could look it up.)
Majors American League Giants/ Naperville
I started lessons with Hubie during the season and have had a very strong second half. I am 12 of my last 15 with 6 doubles and 10 RBI"S. I went from batting 8th to 4th in the line-up and I have helped our team qualify for the play-offs.
By virtue of doing all the drills and training with Hubie, my bat speed has jumped to the top of the chart at 64 MPH. In addition, the power position has taught how to hit for extra bases.
The Instructions at 5 Tool is outstanding. Hubie and his instructors (Coach Todd) give me the confidence I need.
The best part about the training is the "power position" and the Ted Williams machine. I am thinking about changing my number from 7 to 9 now.
Mariano Long, Age 13
Mariano was named MVP of the National Championship Renegades team last year and is hitting well over .500 this year."I like the hitting at 5 Tool with Hubie because I can hit to all field with power. Hubie gets your hips to work for you."
Kevin Hudgens, Age 12
"After the second lesson with Hubie I hit 2 doubles off the fence. I hit with more confidence and more power when learning about the magic muscle. With hard work and repetition the swing starts to feel natural. I really like the hitting competitions because they make me concentrate more.
After seeing myself improve in the lessons, I can't wait to get to the games once I walk out of 5 Tool Academy."
Ryan Riley, Age11
Wheatland Ducks Travel ( White team)
"I am 9 for my last 13 and went 3 for 4 the other day. Last year with the Wolves Travel Team I only had 4 or 5 hits the whole season. When I am up at the plate I feel that I am going to Jack the ball instead of hitting little grounders.
Actually, I have seen improvements in all the kids on my team and other teams that have trained at 5 Tool Academy. I really like the fitness workouts and bat speed workouts at 5 Tool because I feel stronger when I throw and hit.
Kevin Clifford, Age 11
This year I am hitting over .500 and have more triples than doubles. I almost hit for the cycle in one game. I learned how to stay back and hit for more power this year. My bat speed has definetely increased. I think it is good to come here, especially if you were formally a contact hitter because you can learn to hit for power too. I like the Trainers here at 5 Tool and the hitting games make it fun!
Justin Kuehn, Age 9
"I am having an excellent season! I hitting over .500 this year. I was 8 for 8 to start the season. I am hitting way better than last year. I think I only hit .120 last year. I really like the competitive hitting games at 5 Tool!
Tamar Kumar, Age 13
My confidence level is a ten on a scale to 1-10 when hitting. Last game I was 4 for 4 and I have 2 homeruns this year. One was an inside the parker to win the game. I made the team by trying out with 70 other kids and there was only one spot. My hitting was definitely the deciding factor.
I like coming to train at 5 Tool because it is a nice envirenment and the coaches are really good. The once a week hitting clinics really help me get prepared for my games because the training forces you to concentrate with all the hitting games.
Grant Bevel, Age 12
I have trained all winter long at 5 Tool and I am having a good season...I have had some games where I went 3 for 3 and 4 for 4. The ball is definetely going off the bat a lot faster when I hit it. I feel very confident up at the plate.
I like it here at 5 Tool because the instruction is very centerd to the individual and I feel I get a lot of attention. I feel I have improved a lot in my batting and have become more competitive against myself because of all the hitting games we play.
Nolan Young, Age 9
Wolves 9 year team
I am a clutch hitter on my team because I am getting lots of doubles and triples and even a homerun. I like the games we play because I get to compare my scores.
In- Season Hitting Camp 2011
I feel like im hitting the ball much harder and more often. I can catch up to faster pitches and wait and recognize off-speed pitches better. My first 2 games after training , I went 4-7 with 5 rbi's - K.W - Dixon, Il
I'm hitting the ball like I always dreamed of. This hitting technique makes so much sense when you think about it. My bat speed has gone from 72 mph to 90 mph. This is the real deal!
This is awesome! It is quick and easy to learn. My power has increased just since I started. I am hitting the ball farther and harder!
This camp has helped me hitting greatly! I am hitting the ball farther more consistently and I have since brought my average up to .442.
As a coach I highly recommend this camp. It is a very big confidence builder for players and that is a large part of baseball. he teaches very clean and easy to learn batting techniques for all ages. - Dixon River Bandits