About The Pure Swing
The Pure Swing is a Southern California based hitting academy founded by 7-time Major League Allstar Reggie Smith, and former Minor Leaguer Ryan Lehr. Together the two of them instruct students and players of all ages on the proper approach to being a professional hitter. Smith is one of the most sought after professional hitting coaches in the game, and with his 50+ years of experience in baseball, professionals and amateurs alike credit Reggie for their hitting success. The two provide private hitting lessons in Southern California and hold monthly camps throughout the Southwestern United States. Visit our clinics page for upcoming clinics.
About Reggie Smith
A 17-year Major League veteran, Reggie Smith spent time with the Red Sox, Cardinals, Giants and as a World Series Champion with the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a Red Sox prospect Smith learned the art of hitting from the greatest hitter of all time, Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Smith’s playing career included 7 All-star appearances, a .287 lifetime batting average with 314 career homeruns. After retiring in 1982, Smith worked in player development for the Dodgers, where he was responsible for the development of four of the five straight Rookie of the Year award winners from 1992-1996 including Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, Todd Hollandsworth and Raul Mondesi (Hideo Nomo was the other). He also developed former Dodger, and current Padre Matt Kemp, amongst others.Reggie was also the hitting coach for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic.
About Ryan Lehr
Ryan Lehr was born and raised in San Diego, CA. An Alum of Grossmont High School in 1997 where he was a 2 time All American. After hitting .453 with 11HR and 53RBI his senior year, Ryan was drafted in the 8th Round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Braves. His career spanned 12 seasons with five Major League organizations including the Braves, Angels, Astros, Orioles and Royals. During his playing career he compiled a .288 lifetime average, twice being named a Minor League All-star and won the Atlanta Braves Organization Rookie of The Year award in 1997 (Rookie Ball).
During his tenure in Major League affiliated, and Independent teams, he was fortunate enough to have played for great Managers including Frank Howard, Steve Yeager, Tim Wallach and Joe Ferguson. In 2002 while training in the off season, Ryan was introduced to 7-time Major League All-Star and former Dodger Reggie Smith while he was running his Reggie Smith Hitting Centers in Encino, CA. An immediate connection was formed between the two, and Ryan began driving to L.A. on a weekly basis to train and study the science and physics of hitting that Smith had taught to a myriad of successful Major Leaguers. Under Smith’s direction and leadership, Ryan dramatically increased his offensive numbers, and continued to train with Reggie until his career ended in 2008.
After retiring from baseball in 2008, Lehr realized that he had a special gift and a passion to teach, and quickly became an understudy of Smith’s learning how science and physics plays a role in every little detail in what the human body does while hitting a baseball. During his studies, Lehr was certified by Smith to teach the unique cutting edge balance system. The two of them continue to work together in the Southern California Region providing private lessons, group lessons and clinics. Lehr currently resides in San Diego, CA.