Certification Testimonials

 
If you tell me, I will forget.
If you show me, I may remember.
If you involve me, I will understand.


- Old Indian Proverb

 
Doug Flint
Bartlett, IL
Epstein Certified (2012)
  Jake, thought you would be interested to hear that my oldest son, Jordan, just committed to Eastern Illinois University to play baseball. He is a solid athlete and he was pretty highly recruited because of his power and hitting.  Much of his success is attributed to what I learned from you and your Dad at your Certification Weekend. Jordan is now able to see his swing on video and make any necessary adjustments without me even being there. The money spent on the course has been the best investment I have made for college. Any time I can spend $1199.99 to save $30,000.00 is a good investment. Thanks again and I look forward to coming out to Denver sometime soon to continue my hitting education.

John Johnson
Oklahoma City, OK
Epstein Certified (2013)
 

Thanks a ton, Mike and Jake!  All my kids and students are getting a reputation for out-hitting their teammates. The smiles on my ten year-olds as they whack line drives are so gratifying. They are now calling me “Johnny Baseball” and a legend—Isn't that a hoot? It’s been six months as an Epstein Certified instructor and the parents are so thrilled their kids are hitting (they think it's me). I point to “Old Number Nine” and tell them about “Teddy Ballgame.” Please continue sending me all your articles---and don't stop! Thanks again.


Mike Killian
Crestwood, MO
Epstein Certified (2010)

 

An email to one of our Epstein Certified instructors, from a potential attendee, requesting his opinion on our certification program: 

To Mike Killian (Epstein certified):
Hello my name is Roy Croxton and I'm interested in the Epstein certification and teaching program.  I have a young son and do a lot of coaching and have been working with my son as well as other young boys on some of the fundamentals Epstein covers. I've truly enjoyed it and was thinking of maybe trying to do something more formal and to potentially make some extra money.  However, before I jump head-first in to go and get certified, I'm contacting you to ask you about your experience with the program and from a monetary standpoint, have you seen a return on your investment?

Response to Roy (from Mike Killian):
Hello, Roy: The Mike Epstein Certification is ABSOLUTELY worth it! I am involved with the St. Louis Rawlings Prospects organization, I coach a Top-10 team in the country at 14U for 2014, and I am also the Director of the Prospects Elite Performance Training. The Mike Epstein Certification has been immeasurable as to how much it has helped me over the years. The best measurement to benchmark what this certification has done for me would be this: all of the instructors at our Balls 'N Strikes Game Time facility (where all Rawlings Prospects players train) either played in college and/or the pros themselves, so it is a very knowledgeable staff as well as very set in their ways in terms of teaching and developing baseball players. Just by being side-by-side with me while training, every single one of these instructors now use all of the same methods and tools (Impact Bats, et al) that I use during their own instruction. 

I hope that helps in making your decision to become Epstein Certified…. I would strongly recommend taking that step and, if you ever want/need to bounce anything off someone, please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  

Warm regards, 

Mike Killian (CoachK)
Sports Excellence, LLC
314-537-7738


Jay Rollins
Denver, CO
Epstein Certified (2013) 
 

Dear Jake, I thought I knew a lot about hitting until I met you. I am an ex-ball player and I have a 14 year old son. I have spent the last 10 years studying hitting, taking my son to lessons, (out of state even) and I thought I had it figured out…until I met you. I knew my son needed something different, but I wasn’t sure what. I had heard all the “controversy” over rotational vs. linear hitting and I was a little suspect at first, but I wanted to give it a try. And I am glad I did. You and Mike are by far the best hitting experts I have met. The whole “rotational thing” is misleading. Simply put, you teach “The Major League Swing”. My son has improved tremendously and I liked the lesson so much that I took the certification course, which was great. I highly recommend you guys to anyone if they want to learn the Major League Swing. Epstein hitting is the only place to go.​


David Tristan 
Winchester, CA
Epstein Certified (2013) 
 

Jake, It was a pleasure meeting with you this past weekend in San Diego for the instructor certification. I learned invaluable techniques and drills to what I believe will elevate my son Valentino's (8 years old) baseball playing for years to come. Your willingness to share these life-long techniques that you have learned is greatly appreciated. I had been searching to acquire these techniques to perfect one's swing for years, and after attending your seminar, i believe my quest is over. I already purchased your swing analysis software and I just purchased the DVD drills video along with the Impact Bat to start implementing what I learned. I hope you have a youth camp coming to my area in the near future for my son. I wish you well and thank you for the instruction. P.S. My son Valentino says hello and i will be sending you clips of his swing for you to evaluate his progress very soon. For now we have a lot of practicing to do to achieve what every father wants for their son: that major league swing!!!

   
Bobby Engelhard
Oceanside, NY
Epstein Certified (2013)
I have played and been around baseball my entire life and teaching the game properly has always been an interest of mine. I used to umpire baseball and from that I saw so many wrong things being taught and said out on the field especially in regards to hitting it boggled my mind. So I sought out to find the correct fundamentals of the swing and proper way to teach them which led me to Mike Epstein Hitting. After researching hitting in depth it was very clear this is far and away the best method to teach hitting a baseball. I then attended the August 24th hitting certification program in Denver, CO. During this weekend I learned more about hitting then I have in my entire life around baseball. The way Jake and Mike broke down hitting was amazing to me and from them I learned fundamentals and knowledge of hitting that I cannot wait to pass on to younger players. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to truly grasp the idea of hitting and be able to apply these hitting principles to their own players. The only thing I do regret is that I did not have this knowledge when I was playing! Thanks Mike and Jake--this was a one of a kind experience and I am truly grateful to be part of Mike Epstein Hitting.— Bobby Engelhard

Gabriel Gamboa
Head Baseball Coach
LaSierra University
Riverside, CA
Epstein Certified (2013)
After Spending Thousands Of Dollars And Countless Hours Trying To Figure Out What The Best System Is, I've Come To The Conclusion That The Epstein Hitting System Is Far Superior To Everything Out There. The Certification Training I Attended In Denver Was By Far The Best Information I've Ever Received When It Comes To Hitting A Baseball. Jake Was Patient And Clear With All His Information And Didn't Back Away From Any Questions Thrown At Him, No Matter How Advanced Or Not. Mike Gave Advanced Insight On The Mental Side Of Hitting, That Almost No Other Hitting System Provides. For Anyone Considering Making The Investment To Get Certified It's Absolutely Worth It!!!!!!

Tony Joseph
Ellwood City, PA
Epstein Certified (2013)
Mike/Jake, I can't thank you guys enough for last weekend at the Denver certification. It was nice to finally get some closure after all the years of DVDs, videos, homework, reading books, tutorials, etc. The understanding of what you guys are teaching can only happen for us students because of your knowledge, patience, and willingness to share what you know. There is no way that I could happier with the information I got from​ you guys while there. The delivery of the information is done in a way that everyone can understand and apply. I would like to apologize for all my questions but, in turn, I would like to thank you for the way you explained them. Not just to answer the questions—but to be sure I understood the answers. Thank you again and I will be seeing you guys soon.

Julio Liceaga
Joliet, IL
Epstein Certified (2013)
Jake: Just wanted to start by saying that the certification class was excellent!I thought I really knew most of your method of hitting but was just blown away with how much more I learned and how to really instruct the Epstein hitting way. I truly spent hours on watching videos that I previously ordered, anything I could find on YouTube and reading your available material on your website but until I sat through your class I didn't fully know how to put it all together. I know I still have lots to learn on how to be a great instructor, but I am excited to finally get started. Since I got home I haven't stopped talking or thinking about the certification class. The knowledge received and discussions those days are invaluable. Worth every cent incurred on my weekend trip to The Swing Lab in Highlands Ranch, Colorado!

Honestly, I originally set out to do this certification to help my 17 and 15 year old daughters and a few of my nieces/nephews but after the class I really gained the confidence of helping others.

Please tell your father I said thanks for his invaluable hitting insights and for starting this program. And, thank you Jake, for continuing what he started. I believe you are doing a great job with the continuing evolution of proper hitting technique.

Michael Brooks
Largo, FL
Epstein Certified (2013)
Hi Jake/Mike, I just wanted to write and thank you both for an awesome instructor certification class last weekend in Denver.The se up you have in your facility is awesome and I learned a ton! There is no doubt in my mind that you guys provide the best hitting instruction in the country. The professional hitting experience along with the strong video analysis experience is an unbeatable combination. Flawless training...keep up the great work!

Doug Flint
Bartlett, IL
Epstein Certified (2012)
On October 6th and 7th I attended the Epstein Hitting instructor camp in Denver, CO.If you are serious about getting your players better, or making you a better instructor, you must attend this training. This will be the best money you will spend on baseball this year. I have watched all the Epstein videos and applied the system to my team. The videos are professionally done and explained, but there is nothing like being hands-on with Mike and Jake Epstein. Not only did they teach you the Epstein system from the ground up but you had the opportunity to ask every question you wanted about swing problems and have them answered from the two foremost experts on the baseball swing. The information gained from this hands-on training was priceless. Thank You, Doug Flint

P.S.Jake, I have been doing a lot of instructing since attending the certified instructor training. Things are going very well and the knowledge gained has been instrumental in making my teams better.

Brian Land
Ethridge, TN
Epstein Certified (2012)
Hey Jake...I have been coaching travel ball for a number of years now and have always been trying to make sure that I teach kids the correct way to do things, not my way...Hitting is the one area that I felt like I was still missing something..luckily a really smart guy and friend of mine (thanks Kip) got in a big debate on hitting and I had my eyes opened ..he had been studying hitting for years and directed me to just look at your website..read and make my own decisions..I did..it made sense..and made so many other ways of teaching i was familiar with seem ignorant..I began studying tutorials..got the DVD..learned all I could and then took my daughter to a camp to see for myself.I was impressed..the ease with which he could identify, correct, and teach were..in Jake's favorite words..he owned it.I've seen amazing results in my own kids hitting and I wanted to pass that knowledge on to more kids but I wanted to make sure I had all the necessary tools and skills to do it right..so I took the certification course..not knowing if since I already had a good understanding of the system if it would be worth it..It beat all my expectations..The hands on things I learned, the answered questions..examples..can not be learned from just a book or videos..but all of it together is the key..Then to listen to Mike, hear his stories.. his experience playing the game..priceless experience..thanks guys.

Mark Butterfield
Brentwood, CA
Epstein Certified (2012)
Jake, I wanted to let you know that last weekends certification course was great!!!The course was very informative and taught methe essentials of hitting. Your teaching style and enthusiasm for hitting is awesome. I went into the course not really knowing what to expect and came out of it very excited. I now feel that I have the knowledge to teach the system, breakdown a hitters swing using video analysis, and what to work on to fixany flaws. The system works! — Mark


Mike Roberts
Coral Springs, FL
Epstein Certified (2010)
Jake, I have to tell you how appreciative I am for knowing you and your Dad. You know I do this for the teams I coach and not for lessons, and that I have been working with basically the same group of kids that are now our 12 year olds for the past 3 years. This week-end we were the TOP hitting team in a 12-Team USSSA Super NIT Tournament….the best teams from South Florida...we were by far the smallest team—but outhit everyone. We finished 2nd which earned us a berth in July’s USSSA Elite 32 World Series in Disney. Our swings were awesome !!!! Best Regards, Mike

Jonathan Long
Evans, GA
Epstein Certified (2011)
Jake and Mike, I wanted to thank both of you for the information and training that I received during the certification class in Nashville, TN. The words “fun” and “worthwhile” immediately come to mind. I had struggled for several years with trying to understand not only what to teach but how to teach hitting to my sons (ages 11 and 13). What a difference it makes when you have the RIGHT information! A good friend of mine referred me to your DVD’s last spring and I continued right on into the books during the summer. The combination of the visual and written materials really worked well together to get me started on my journey to understanding the mechanics behind all of the great hitters. For me, the instructor certification class was the culmination of that journey. I got to see firsthand how you work with actual students in the program and the results it produces. It was impressive to see how easily you worked between the students learning the mechanics and the adults learning to teach the mechanics. The use of the video analysis software throughout the certification class was a tremendous aid to the learning process for me because it instantly validated all of the instruction. Also, I appreciated the time that you took to review the hitting clips that I brought of my two boys. It was a huge confidence booster to me and my boys when they heard the positive feedback. By the way, I have found that I have been much more relaxed and positive in working with my two sons during our hitting sessions as a result of having the right information.Thanks Again, — Jonathan Long

Amy Tudor
Ft. Wayne, IN
Indiana University
Purdue University, Ft. Wayne
Head Softball Coach
Epstein Certified (2011)
Hey Mr. Epstein and Jake: I had a wonderful time and learning experience at your certification clinic in Nashville. It was very helpful for me to see what I have viewed on your dvd's and read in your books/articles put into live action. From the moment I walked in to the moment I walked out, I was learning something valuable and something attainable. The atmosphere was comfortable, Jake was very engaging and the information was pertinent to my needs. Also, getting to talk to Mike Epstein one-on-one was fantastic and just plain cool. Thank you for the extra time Mr. Epstein!! Thank you so much for all your time and dedication to hitting and for sharing your knowledge with me. Great to meet you both!!!

Steve Schwarz
St. Petersburg, FL
Epstein Certified (2011)

Mike and Jake, I would like to thank you guys for the great time I had at the Nashville Certification Weekend. Going into it, I didn't know how much more you could offer compared to the videos and written material that I've already received from you. Boy was I wrong!!! I can honestly say that it was worth every penny and every minute. Sure, videos and written material are good, but nothing can replace the hands-on, face-to-face approach you guys offered during the certification. From the first drill to the last video analysis--it was all great.

In addition, if this hitting thing doesn't work out for you, you and your dad should bring your "Abbott and Costello" routine on the road. I think I laughed as much as I learned.

John Wharton
Atlanta, GA
Epstein Certified (2011)
Jake: Drew and I had a great time at the Nashville Certification Weekend. We really enjoyed how you and your dad both made the learning much more enjoyable....Drew really thought you were a lot of fun!....and at the same time you know more about hitting than anyone I have ever been around.

I wish you lived here in Atlanta so Drew could take weekly lessons from you...I guess I should be able to give him lessons now, but you know how kids are they listen to others more than their old man!

I appreciate your patience when Drew was just getting comfortable with some of the drills....Drew is like a lot of other 15 year old kids that don't like to be the center of attention, especially when he is being critiqued, so he was a little tight in the drills but he started to loosen up towards the end of the first day. You definitely have Drew pegged though...he has a very good upper body mechanics and now he just needs to start getting more torque from his lower body. The dragging of the back foot is something that has not been emphasized by most of his coaches but I can see the impact to his bat speed when he does it. He has his first Team Elite workout tomorrow evening so I am anxious to see how he applies everything he learned this past week.

We both got so much out of the training and we really look forward to continuing to apply everything we have learned throughout the spring.

Take care and best regards...we will be in touch and I plan to order plenty of videos and accessories off of your website over the next few weeks.

Noah Welte
Maysville, KY
High School Coach
Epstein Certified (2011)
Jake and Mike, Just wanted to shoot you guys an email and thank you again for your time and information at the Denver Hitting Certification Weekend in October. I quickly realized that I'll never watch another baseball game the same way again. I am excited to get to work this off season to help my high school players become equipped with the tools to produce results in the spring. Thanks again, Noah

Joe DeMers
Brighton, CO
Epstein Certified (2011)
Jake, First of all, thank you and your father for the great weekend with the certification. You guys were great and the information was awesome. I have to add that you both were funnier than heck, too!

Ed Phillips
Parsippany, NJ
Epstein Certified (2009)

Jake/Mike: Great job in New York. It was a great idea to have the kids there to provide examples of what instructors can expect in first lessons—and even better—showing how you go about correcting whatever issues they show.

Having been to my original certification weekend back in the winter of 2009, I did not know what to expect this time around. Even though I have been keeping up with the new drills through your monthly tutorials, I was a little worried that the New York weekend would be of similar design. However, I found the new drills and methods of teaching the core mechanics a great addition to the ones previously developed. During my first lesson on Monday night after the weekend I immediately used the updated "First Day" lesson approach and the student picked up the mechanics quickly. I would strongly recommend to those that have been certified previously to attend another certification weekend, very happy that I did. I know my students will appreciate my increased knowledge. — Ed Phillips


Eric Wood
Ashburnham, MA
Epstein Certified (2011)
Overall, an excellent experience. I honestly think that we could take three days and still not cover it all! My kids had a good time as well and can now better understand the verbal cues I've been giving them. I've had your written material for some time, so it's good that your words reinforced what I've been teaching.

I think Epstein Hitting teaches the best system that has ever been developed for teaching young players to hit for both power and average. The concepts are backed by both physics and years of experience from some of the greatest players ever to play the game. It's hard to argue with teaching the same fundamentals used by the vast majority of the players in the major leagues. —Eric Wood

Sean Evans
Upland, CA
Epstein Certified (2009)
Hi Jake, Last weekend's certification training in New York was worth every penny! Thank you; I can't wait to begin helping the players that I coach have more success on the field. Thank you for sharing the knowledge you and your Dad have attained and put into a system that can be taught to all ball players. — Sean Evans