The Pure Swing Academy 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. The Academy offers private hitting lessons in Southern California for professional athletes and amateurs and hold Clinics throughout the entire United States. As of October 2018, we now provide online Virtual Coaching through one of our partners Blast Motion. The virtual coaching allows us to work with players anywhere in the World, both baseball and softball.
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About Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith is one of the most sought after hitting coaches in the game of baseball. With over 50 years of experience, Smith developed his knowledge and understanding while breaking in with the Boston Red Sox under the watchful eye of one of the greats hitters of all time, Hall of Famer, Ted Williams. After a playing career that included stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers (where he won a World Series) and the San Francisco Giants, Smith retired second all time in home runs for switch hitters with 314 behind only the great Mickey Mantle. He began his coaching career with the Los Angeles Dodgers where he served as their Minor League Coordinator and Major League Hitting Instructor. Smith helped develop a record 5 consecutive National League “Rookies of the Year”, including recent Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, Todd Hollandsworth and Hideo Nomo. He was also responsible for the development of several other Major Leaguers including former Dodger, and current Padre, Matt Kemp.
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. 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). Ryan was fortunate enough to have played for great Managers including Frank Howard, Steve Yeager, Tim Wallach and Joe Ferguson. In 2002, Ryan was introduced to Reggie Smith. 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. 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.