Letter From a Dad
Don, I can't thank you enough for creating Rightview Pro. I purchased your program about 7 years ago when my son, Sam, was in the 4th grade. It was easily the best investment I have ever made. Sam is now a rising high school senior and recently attended Brown University's elite summer baseball camp. Within 5 minutes after Sam finished taking his 10 BP swings, I received an email from a coach at a prestigious Ivy League school that simply read: "Let's talk." Sam ultimately chose to commit to the host school, Brown, whose coaches told me: "We have looked at approximately 15,000 baseball players this year. We plan to recruit one outfielder, and we think Sam is our guy." As Duke Ellington so eloquently pointed out: "It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing." Well, Sam has that swing thanks to Rightview Pro.
What makes Rightview Pro so valuable is that you don't simply show how the best hitters in the world swing a baseball bat (although that alone would be worth the price of your system). You go on to explain, using every visual trick you can pull out of your hat, why they do it that way. My son, who is pretty smart, very analytical, and highly critical and skeptical in the way that teenagers can be, was completely sold on your sophisticated yet easy to understand blend of theory and practice. As a character in the movie Jerry Maguire might have said, you had my son at "toe touch."
I want to emphasize that Rightview Pro is not some kind of quick fix or instant panacea for a player's hitting woes. Sam put in a ton of work when he was 11-12 years old--and shed quite a few tears born of frustration--before he could consistently get to a solid "toe touch" position. But he became convinced right from the get go that your analysis of the baseball swing was correct, he persevered, and now has, in my opinion, a swing that is pretty close to pro quality.
Aside from Sam, I would like to tell you about two of my Rightview Pro success stories. I coach the Westbrook, CT senior American Legion baseball team. Last year I inherited a graduated high school senior, Jack, who was strong, athletic, and had a good looking swing. Basically, a stud. His first 10 AB's of the season he struck out 8 times! Jack kept swinging through pitches that appeared to be as big as beach balls. Neither he nor I could understand it, he was getting visibly frustrated, and so I finally said, "Jack, let's get out the video equipment and see what's going on." Using Rightview Pro to break down his mechanics at 60 frames per second, the problem became instantly obvious: Jack was leaning back slightly at "toe touch." I suggested to him that this was causing his swing path to go off plane ever so slightly and he was swinging underneath belt high fastballs that he should have been crushing. Jack reworked his posture at toe touch, went on a tear, and finished the season as my best hitter--with a BA over .400 even after the horrendous start. It was a stunning reversal of fortune. It's humbling and a little scary to think that in this great game of baseball the smallest adjustment can mean all the difference between terrific success and abject failure.
Story #2. When Sam was 12 years old, he was on a Little League All-Star team with some other very good players. One kid, Stephen, was a well developed left-handed pitcher who threw hard--somewhere in the 60's. But he didn't know where the ball was going, and his lack of control consistently got him in trouble. I couldn't understand how a kid who was so athletic could have so much trouble keeping the ball between the dugouts. So one day at practice I brought along Rightview Pro. I captured Stephen's motion from the 1st base side and didn't identify any glaring flaws in his mechanics. But then I set up the camera behind home plate. And there it was! Stephen's right knee was buckling outward--collapsing toward the 3rd base side--as he released the baseball. I showed Stephen the video--and compared his mechanics to Curt Schilling and Mariano Rivera (ankle over foot, knee over ankle)--and explained that he couldn't hope to have consistent control when his base was so unstable at release. Stephen, who was very smart as well as being a superior athlete, changed his mechanics overnight and went on to be a dominant pitcher during that post-season.
Now here's the crucial insight: I couldn't see Stephen's mechanical flaw with the naked eye. Rightview Pro enabled me to identify it, and thus help Stephen to correct it.
One last story. Sam has not pitched much, mostly by design to protect his arm. Another Ivy League coach, a World Series hero who recruited Sam aggressively this summer, made a special trip to watch Sam pitch recently. When we met with him afterwards he said to me: "Your son hasn't pitched much, yet his mechanics are pretty good. Did you teach him how to pitch?" All of a sudden I felt like I was in one of those Holiday Inn Express commercials. "I don't know anything about pitching," I said, "but I do have Rightview Pro." I appreciate the fact that pitching is ultimately an exquisite art that is best taught by experts who have years of experience and have been tempered by trial under fire. But the beauty of Rightview Pro is that you don't have to be a big league pitcher to troubleshoot the mechanical side of the game--just study your pro models, eliminate the obvious death moves, and your son will be well on his way to becoming a successful pitcher.
I truly believe in your admonition: Having good mechanics won't guarantee that you'll be a good hitter or pitcher, because the mental side of our game is at least equally as important. But knowing how to move the body with power and efficiency at least gives a kid a fighting chance to succeed. You have helped to give my son that chance, and for that I thank you. My very best, Wally
I trust this email finds you well.
As Chelsea winds down her career at Arizona, I started to think about how all this became possible and YOU were a BIG part of it.
I can’t Thank You, enough.
I think she was 12 years old, when I bought my first RVP hitting software so that I could slow down her swing to see how to fix things, while comparing it to other MLB swings, and then there is the referral to Craig Wallenbrock, who made a tremendous difference and last but certainly not least, your help in getting that one RVP swing of hers, when she was 14 years old, to Coach Candrea, that put her on his radar. The rest is history!
Chelsea loves your product and as you can probably imagine, is very proficient with it and credits her swing development to the years of modeling her swing, from the top MLB hitters – which are found on RVP.
Once her eligibility is over, in the next couple weeks, she is going to play for the NPF USSSA Pride team and since there will be no more NCAA restrictions, if there is ever anything she can do for you to help promote RVP – please let me know and I’m sure she’d be glad to help.
Thanks again for everything and for developing such a great product.