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My name is Ted Smigielski and I am both a student and teacher of the Hubie Magic hitting philosophy. I have known Mike Huber for 35 years and played baseball with Mike through high school. Unfortunately for me this is when my career ended. I was a “linear” hitter. Why? Because this is what I was taught., I would have to say that results were average. Because I was taught to “swing down”, move back to front……. I was able to generate some base hits on the ground while utilizing my speed. But unless I got lucky my power was nonexistent.
I went on to college, got a job like most people do, got married, and eventually had 2 children- girls. During this time I kept in touch with Mike.
I knew what his passion was but didn’t think much of it. I had my own life and when it came to baseball I figured I knew enough. Well, it came time for my daughters to learn the sport. I taught them what I knew- the linear swing. Both girls had some success but this was at park district levels. When it came time for my older daughter to play travel, I noticed that my daughters had more athletic ability than most of the girls but was hitting the same as them. (not very productive) Hitting the same?
Well, I knew that she could be better. I knew that she had more power.
I swallowed my pride and called Mike and asked him about more details regarding his philosophy. Either he was a good salesman, really had something good, or both. I immediately scheduled a training session for myself and my 2 daughters. I figured how could I further train my girls if I didn’t learn the swing myself? The moment I got in the batting cage and implemented the Hubie Magic techniques I could feel the power. I could look back at my playing days and visualize airplane shots taking off of my bat. Boy, what could have been! It was clear to me- I didn’t know enough. But now it’s about my daughters.
They both followed Mike’s advice that day, felt the results, and were convinced from that point on.
I then approached Mike about teaching others the swing philosophy and techniques. Mike immediately schedule a 3 day work shop. Day 1 I didn’t even pick up a bat. He went over philosophy. He spoke about the actual mechanics. We watched videos of current and former major leaguers and fast pitch softball players. We went over exercises. But just as important he spoke about resistance.
Dads, like myself, have been taught certain ways. Again, linear philosophies. They most likely will be resistant to accept and change to the Hubie Magic concept. The best way to get them to see and understand is by results.
Days 2 and 3 were more focused on the mechanics. We worked in the cage. I hit off a tee more than I think I did in 4 years of high school. But, even when we were physically training, the philosophical discussions never ended.
Mike constantly spoke of the importance of confidence and the development of confidence. From my time learning from Mike it became clear: you can have all of the right mechanics down but if a player lacks confidence, the physical means nothing.
My daughters are now both the best hitters on their respective teams. (12U and 10U). At the 12U level, because of the track record my daughter has established, I have been asked to be an assistant coach. But, not just an assistant- I have been asked to be the teams hitting instructor.
The results have been noticed. It’s just a matter of time before the Hubie Magic hitting philosophy explodes onto the scene. I want to make sure that I am part of this explosion.