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"WHEN WE RECRUIT HIGH SCHOOL HITTERS, WE NOT ONLY LOOK FOR HITTERS WITH GREAT MECHANICS THAT CAN REPEAT THEIR SWING CONSISTENTLY, BUT WE ALSO LOOK FOR HITTERS WHO UNDERSTAND THE MENTAL SIDE OF HITTING. ARE THEY AWARE OF HOW THE PITCHER IS TRYING TO GET THEM OUT? ARE THEY PICKING UP THE PITCHERS PATTERNS OF WHAT HE IS THROWING IN CERTAIN COUNTS AND SITUATIONS? DO THEY HAVE THE CONFIDENCE AND A SYSTEM TO BE A GOOD TWO STRIKE HITTER? THESE ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS NECESSARY TO BE A DIVISION 1 HITTING PROSPECT. MIKE TEACHES HITTERS THE PHYSICAL AND THE MENTAL SIDE OF HITTING THEY NEED TO GET NOTICED FOR THIS LEVEL OF PLAY. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND MIKE AT TORQUE BASEBALL IF YOU HAVE A DESIRE TO ONE DAY BE A DIVISION 1 PLAYER."Mike Martin

-MIKE MARTIN
FLORIDA STATE UNIV. HEAD BASEBALL COACH 31 YEARS
AMERICAN BASEBALL COACHES ASSOC. HALL OF FAME MEMBER
14 TRIPS TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
32 CONSECUTIVE NCAA REGIONAL APPEARANCES
6 NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
72 ALL-AMERICANS
1538 WINS

"COACH SKOUTELAKIS' LESSONS HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD FOR MY SON, A HIGH-SCHOOL PITCHER. COACH HAS A BIG BOOK OF NUMEROUS PHOTOS OF PRO PITCHERS PITCHING, AND HE CAN WATCH A STUDENT THROW, IDENTIFY HIS FLAWS, AND RELATE THEM TO A PHOTO IN HIS BOOK IN ABOUT A MINUTE. HE CAN FIX THE FLAW, AND SHOW YOU ON YOUR PERSONAL VIDEO HOW YOU HAVE IMPROVED. HE HAS A DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE OF PITCHING I HAVE NOT SEEN IN THE MANY OTHER INSTRUCTORS WE'VE HAD OVER THE YEARS. WE HAVE FOUND THAT TAKING VIDEO EVERY LESSON, AND REVIEWING THE VIDEOS SEVERAL TIMES THROUGHOUT THE LESSON, REINFORCES THE POINTS COACH WANTS HIM TO REMEMBER. WE GET A DISC TO TAKE HOME AND REVIEW EVERY WEEK. YOUNG PLAYERS LEARN VISUALLY BETTER THAN ANY OTHER WAY, AND WATCHING HIS FORM, AND SEEING HIS GAME RESULTS, CONVINCES US THAT COACH MIKE IS THE BEST THING GOING FOR YOUTH PLAYER INSTRUCTION!"

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"Mike takes teaching fundamentals and mechanics of baseball to a whole new level. In just two sessions of Video Analysis and 1:1 coaching, my son is now maximizing strength and power he didn't know he had...His pitching and swing mechanics look like a major leaguer...a perfect foundation to build on!" - Matt Woodward I've been a student of baseball for over 15 years - coaching MS Softball for 13 years and numerous youth baseball teams including tournament and All-Star teams. I thought I knew something about teaching baseball mechanics - but I was not prepared for how much I learned from Coach Mike. I took my 10 and 13 year-old sons to Mike for the purpose of some video instruction. Our previous experience with a few private baseball lessons was so ineffective, and in some cases detrimental, that we stopped and never considered it again. Baseball camps are expensive and the players get very little actual instruction. Now, years later, I thought it was time to get each of them a little help beyond me. Wow. Mike's style of instruction and knowledge is unmatched in my experience. Both boys made significant improvements in just ONE session. Moreover, what I learned from the lessons has changed how I teach hitting and pitching to the players I coach on my son's tournament team and spring-league teams. Our 10U tournament team pitchers are now competitive with anyone we play, and better than most, because of the knowledge Mike gave me and encouraged me to use. Mike's hitting instruction is so revolutionary, but absolutely verifiable by looking at professional hitters and what they actually do, that I feel it can completely change a player. For example, my 13 year-old (never a very good hitter) went for a hitting lesson, and after 30 minutes was looking and hitting absolutely like a different player. He is actually excited about hitting now! After watching how they respond to seeing their mechanics on video, I would never consider a lesson without it again. You can tell a kid something 100 times and maybe he won't get it - but SHOW him once or twice and the lightbulb goes on and THEY GET IT. Lessons with Mike are not an expense, they are an investment - because the returns are so great! The knowledge I gain alone is worth dozens of books and DVDs. Bottom line: my sons are better players - taking their games to the next level, and I'm a better manager and coach who can help dozens of other players become better. All thanks to Mike.
Jay Nylund
Youth baseball coach and former MS Softball coach
We moved from Alabama where my son had been through three different coaches for baseball lessons. I told my son when we got to Texas that I was going to try and find a really good coach that we can stick with. I called Mike with Torque baseball and he told me on the first call to bring Jordan by for a evaluation and if I didn't think he would get better that he would tear my check up and we could be on our way. I asked my son what he thought and he said he loved it and he wanted me to sign him up. Mike is not cheap but if you quality and someone that will put confidence in your son sign him up because my son has more confidence than he has ever had. I want to thank Mike for his time and efforts with my son Jordan and you can bet my three year old son Ashton will be going to him when he turns six years old............
Thanks,
Chad Babin
Dear Coach Mike,
I wanted to express to you how pleased Worth and I are with our experience with you and the Torque Baseball pitching instruction program. Worth's pitching skill has improved dramatically as demonstrated by two recent outings with his select team. His velocity and control are so much improved. Worth has had a lot of previous pitching instruction; however, no instructor used video, and no one emphasized the technical teaching methods utilizing video and still photographs employed in the Torque method of teaching. Worth has had fun and he and I look forward to our pitching sessions with you. Furthermore, Worth looks forward to Torque hitting instruction. If Worth's hitting improves as much as his pitching, he will most certainly enjoy the coming baseball season and hopefully a successful high school baseball experience in the near future.
Thanks again Coach Mike.
Walter Beard

My son Ethan has always been able to make contact with the ball but I knew he could do so much better with a more knowledgeable coach guiding him. I went to three other coaches before I happened to find Coach Mike on the internet and decided to give him a shot. After Ethan's initial session, I knew we had found our coach. Mike is a very knowledgeable coach who mixes in video analysis and still photos to help his student achieve the correct form. After 3 sessions with Coach Mike, Ethan went 5 for 6 in his first tournament and all of his hits were to the outfield and hit with power. If you want your son to get really good really fast, go to Coach Mike.
Scott Fernandez

I am more than happy to recommend Coach Mike. His approach is completely professional. I particularly liked his use of video during the lessons. He is able to review his instructions so the student can see what is trying to be achieved. As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Mike gives you a copy of your video and you have a chance to review it at home. All pitchers, no matter what age or level, can benefit from Mike's coaching.
Bill
High School Pitcher's Dad
Coach Mike, where would I be without him? He is the kind of guy that knows the game inside and out, and has an answer for any and every situation. He has helped me break down my mechanics and make tough adjustments that make a world of difference. I think all pitchers can benefit from Coach Mike’s instructions.
Alex
High School Pitcher
Mike, my 12 year old son has pitched for several years but was developing a few bad habits in his mechanics which could lead to injury and which slowed his velocity. Despite months of instruction with other instructors, the problems continued. However, the ability for him to see his mechanics on video and your expertise in diagnosing the problem and instructing him in the proper mechanics has been the breakthrough we were looking for. He is excited to see himself in the video and get the instant feedback he can see for himself. Your encouragement has also really helped him get over his mental discouragement. He has corrected his mechanics and is throwing harder than ever. We look forward to continued improvement due to your expert program of instruction. Thanks Mike !
Bill Hart

Hey Mike, I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much i appreciate the work you have done with Jose on his pitching and hitting. I love the method you use of video taping a segment of his hitting or pitching and then reviewing the tape on the spot to correct any mechinal flaws. It truly does work, his pitching mechanics have greatly improved which has resulted in better velocity on his pitches and much better control of his pitches. Jose has always looked lost at the plate but now after only a handful of lessons he actually looks like a hitter when he is at the plate, his mechanics are much much better than they ever have been and his hitting is definitely on the right track. I only wish I had found Torque Baseball 5 years ago instead of spending hundred if not thousands of dollars on lessons which really improved nothing. After watching your method i now fully realize how little the previous lessons we paid for really helped. Since Jose drives himself to practice, I also like the fact that you send home the discs of the practices so that i can follow his progress.
Thanks a lot for everything!!!!!!
Mike Moncure
Dear Mike:
I wanted to take this time to let you know how pleased we are with the training you are providing to Austin. Austin feels very comfortable and tells me all the time how he appreciates your coaching and how he feels it is of the highest caliber he could expect. He has been disappointed with other trainers in the past, and with a few coaches on the summer leagues recently as well, but he holds you in highest esteem as a coach. I personally have seen Austin's improvement. When he goes to bat he has a confidence he has not had before. In a recent tournament, of his 15 times at bat, he had 6 doubles, 6 singles, 1 strike out (hit and run) and 2 walks. I think what is noteworthy is the fact that his hits came mostly when he was at 2-2 or 3-2. He settled in a fought the pitcher to get a good pitch and then made great contact. The other thing I notice is that he does not pop out like he used to. His hits are crisp and more in the line drive character. He has learned to fight when at bat and when he is behind and this is paying off. In fact his doubles I mentioned before were all off the fence and mostly in the left-center field areas. As to his pitching you have worked with him on, he is learning to use his larger muscles to save his arm muscles and shoulder joint. This has helped him both in his pitching and in playing in the field for throwing long balls. He recently got an out at first, which doesn't sound great, except he was playing right field when it happened. His play at short stop has improved as well, which I credit with his overall confidence and attack to the ball on defense. Thanks for taking an interest in my son and his talent in baseball. As Austin says, "Mike is the best coach I could have!" We plan to continue with you long range. Even when Austin starts back with Bellaire Baseball in February, we intend to keep filling in time with you for his hitting and pitching. Take care and again, thanks Coach.
Regards,
Gary Wadkins
Working with Mike over the past few months has made me a better hitter and much more confident. At 50, I did not think that I could become a power hitter. Mike has proven me wrong! Not only am I hitting longer and farther... my batting average has been steadily climbing! Thanks Mike!!!
My Best Regards,
John Hunter
"Torque Baseball has taught me the many fundamentals to mastering the sport of baseball. Mike is an excellent communicator and educator which in turn has had a tremendous impact on my game. I am a small player but now I find myself hitting the ball farther and with greater power. Whether it is from throwing to catching, or from bunting to hitting, Mike has made me become advanced in these areas with repetition, consistency, and hard work."
Ricardo, Men's League Recreational Softball Player
Hey Coach Mike, I just wanted to write to give you an update on Kyle's hitting. He has alot more confidence at the plate since he started working with you. Before he was hitting ground balls or pop ups 95% of the time, but lately he is getting more hits to the outfield. His last game he really creamed one to the left field fence. I really like that you work with him on the mental part of hitting as well as the mechanics. I know that the mental aspect of sports competition is extremely important. Thanks Again, and see you soon!
John Cantu
Just wanted to let you know how happy Anthony and I are about the improvement in Anthony's pitching. As an incoming freshman getting ready for high school baseball going from 75mph to 81mph on the gun in just 3 months is fantastic. He is very excited and confident and can't wait for the tryouts.
Thanks for all your help.
Tony Makransky
Coach Mike combines a detailed video analysis with an emphasis on the mental side of the game. His positive approach has helped Joseph with his mechanics but just as importantly, has taught Joseph how to approach situations he will encounter whether it be at the plate or on the mound. I would highly recommend him.

Kevin McCormack, father of Joseph McCormack
Strake Jesuit High School Baseball Player

Hi Mike,
The timing techniques that you worked on with Daniel (fast, slow, medium) have made a HUGE DIFFERENCE. In the past 2 games, he hit the fence in centerfield and walked 3 times out of 4 at bats. The walks were due to Daniel battling thru 2 strikes against him by fouling off 3rd strikes and hanging in for the walks. Overall, BIG IMPROVEMENT. His batting average for the past 6 games is .333 with a Slugging % of 667 and a 600 on base %."
  

-Jack Farley, Post Oak L.L. Dad

Mike-

I want to thank you for the work you did with Graham this season.  Graham started practicing with you a couple of months before the baseball season without much experience with the sport.  After working with you for two month, he was, by far, way ahead of all the boys on his team with batting, throwing and fielding.  With your help, he continued to progress throughout the season and his team won the Silver Rookie division championship.  I appreciate your great work with him and your great attitude in dealing with kids his age. 

Matt Aycock
Mike,

You did an excellent job getting Perry ready for high school baseball. You emphasized both the phyiscal skills necessary to succeed in high school as well as the "mental game".  Perry enjoyed his weekly visits with you; he always looked forward to these sessions.  You motivated Perry to work hard during your sessions and on his own time.  As a result, Perry has become a strong hitter and pitcher.  Last season, his batting average was .318 and his ERA was 2.01.  

Michael Mazzone
"Our family met Mike Skoutelakis and were introduced to Torque Baseball in June 2007.   We were looking for some quality instruction on batting and pitching skills for our two sons (Austin age 10 and Brad age 13 at the time).  Mike came highly recommended from Glen Wiseman (a long time family friend) who had known him through MVP baseball and was currently using Mike/Torque Baseball for hitting instruction for his teenage son.  Mike was recommended on his baseball skills knowlegdge as well as his abilty to connect with his players on the mental aspects of the game.  During our initial meeting and first lesson with Mike, we were highly impressed with his true love for the game, positive attitidue and the shear passion he expressed towards our two sons in improving their game.  So impressed in that we were driving over 30 miles one way for each lesson.  We saw marked improvement in Austin's hitting and solid improvement of Brad's pitching and mental presence while on the mound.  We also witnessed Brad's self-confidence improve along with his batting average at the plate.  Our initial goals were to gain improvement for the upcoming All-Star tournments scheduled for July of that Summer.  We continued thier lessons with Mike through the fall of 2007, while our boys participated in fall baseball tournaments.  My wife would send text messages and digitial photos to Mike of their successes and failures, however Mike stayed positve always looking for areas to improve their game.  In early Spring 2008, Brad tried out for his local High School baseball team but did not reach his goal and did not make the cut.  Mike was very supportive and continued to work with Brad on his baseball skills and mental conditioning.  Austin continued to benefit from the pitching and hitting lessons and became a solid pitcher and contact hitter for his select baseball team.  We continued to work with Mike with a goal for Brad to make his High School baseball team in the Spring of 2009.  Mike's instruction, patience and the boys' hard work have paid great dividends for improving their game.  Just before starting a lesson with Mike in late January, Brad found out that he made the High School team and made his way in the pitching rotation for the Sophomore team during the Spring 2009 season.  Also during that Spring, Austin joined a select baseball team and with his learned skills has become a valuable team player on one of the top teams in the state in 12U Select in Nations Baseball.   

Mike has been a true positive influence on our boys, both physically and mentally.  He has taken a personal interest into their successes and short-comings in their short baseball careers.  Mike has demonstrated the ability to interact at their different age levels and gain positive and measured results.  Mike has not only been an instructor to our boys but has become a family friend.  His faith in God, family and friends has truly set him apart and makes him an effective instructor for youth baseball.  We are so thankful we found Mike and are so appreciative to him for all he has done for our family."  

-The Hearn's
Crosby, TX 

Dear Dad or Mom,
My son has been pitching in little league for two years. He has reached a point where no matter how much he practiced, his velocity did not increase. He was very frustrated as the bigger boys were throwing much faster. We decided to try Michael Skoutelakis at Torque Pitching as we have heard he was very good. Michael videotaped my boy pitching and then analyzed his technique with us. There were several major problems that were inhibiting his progress and well as hurting his arm. Michael worked with my son, making adjustments after video viewing each pitching session. His form and velocity have improved dramatically in a very short time frame. We would highly recommend Michael Skoutelakis to parents who are serious about improving their children's pitching techniques.

Mr. C

Mike,

Even though our son has played baseball for a number of years, we have not had much professional instruction. Your work on both his hitting and pitching have shown immediate results.

In hitting, he now is now turning getting more power in his hits. Before he would hit many grounders, but now the hits are mainly line drives and sometimes against or over the fence.

In pitching, your suggestions on using his body more and striding further have increased his pitching speed and will be better for his arm long-term. I believe that he wouldn't have had such good results without your use of the video camera that breaks down the hitting and pitching frame-by-frame.

We also appreciate your encouragement and positive attitude. Baseball is a game of challenges and giving a child the skills and a pat on the back can go a long way to helping them reach their potential.

John
Thanks Mike for all of your help with Karen's hitting. Becuase of your instruction, she made the girls select fastpitch softball team and is batting 3 rd and having a blast. She is able to pull the inside pitches now with power. Her confidence is SKY HIGH.

Thanks again.
Jane

Mike, Thanks a million for all your help with my softball swing . I am starting to hit deep line drives and homeruns instead of hitting everything on the ground. The adjustments really made a huge difference.

Sincerely,
Dave

"My husband heard about "video analysis" through another baseball dad and began to do some research for our 13 yr. old son who recently had an interest in pitching. He found Mike in the Houston area and immediately called to set up a session for Video Analysis. Right away Mike was excited to teach, work, and inform our son about his pitching mechanics. Mike quickly noticed a few mechanics that he needed to correct first, as to not injure his arm, that was his first priority. His lessons were tailored for our son and the video was what our son needed. Having him do a few pitches on tape, viewing the video, and receiving immediate feedback was very helpful and Mike would review what adjustments needed to be made in the next set. This is a great way to help your students learn! Just an hour a session made a huge difference. His constant encouragement and feedback throught the whole session was valuable. He was very knowledgable and was able to answer any questions we all had. Mike always gave many suggestions, encourages any questions, gives homework, shows pictures of pitchers that resemble our sons pitching style and request feedback from his students and parents on what worked or any struggles. My son has been a first basemen more many years and now at 6'3" became interested in pitching, Mike being his first video pitching coach has made such a huge difference. He really did encourage my son through lessons and explained and showed how he can use his size to his advantage. My son's pitching mechanics improved and showed after the first session. His velocity increased and he picked up some tips from Mike on how to relax on the mound. His coaches even commented on his increased velocity, accuracy and composure on the mound. This was the confidence he needed! Most of all, my son now has such a passion and enthusiasm for pitching and baseball again and I know that is from good teaching and having my son see results! He cannot wait to set up more sessions with Mike to continue to improve. The cd's given to us after each session allows us to review and assess at home as well.
Thanks Mike! See you again very soon!
Remi and Amy Garcia
"I played a lot of baseball as a kid. I was pretty good, played a little college ball. When I had my first son, I thought I'd had the next Rocket or Jeff Bagwell. But, I learned pretty quick that teaching my own son was very challenging. So, I started Leyton, my six-year-old, with Coach Mike for private lessons. The first practice he had Leyton doing things I'd been
trying to do forever. HE HAD HIM CATCHING BALLS! When I brought him home from his first practice, we had to show mommy what we could now do...it
brought tears to my wife's eyes. Not to mention, the confidence Mike's lessons has given Leyton. I've watched and learned from Mike for a few months now, and he is terrific. Not only is he great with the kids, but he is very knowledgeable. Mike's teaching the kids the techniques they need to improve, build confidence, and have fun with their success."

-Lantz Howell

Mike's teaching style is fantastic! His technique brought my daughter from the outfield to the infield in just two lessons. She is the only girl on her softball team who can make the 3rd to 1st throw consistently. She now makes much better connection with the ball, and is one of the best hitters on the team. Mike addresses the physical and mental game. He's the best!

-Kathy

Mike,
I can't thank you enough for the help you've provided Matthew with his hitting and his overall confidence as a player.  It was so hard on his self esteem to strike out everytime he got up to the plate and so hard for us as parents to watch.  He is now a strong and confident hitter and the best part is that he is happy and having fun with baseball. 
 
Thanks Again!
-"Mom"

"I believe you and Will had a great session last night. The one on one attention, combined with your knowledge and manner of teaching hitting, is very important, and something not delivered by the high school coaches. I think the fundamental change is that he entered your program swinging down on the ball with his upper body, and your teaching him to swing slightly up using his whole body."
-Paul

 

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