What never seizes to amaze me (regardless of how many pitchers I have worked with over the years) are the small and simple mechanical changes a pitcher can make that can add so much pop to the ball.
I was working with a student two weeks ago who finally understood proper hip rotation and how the core plays a major role in velocity and arm health. Even though he had understood the concept for a few months, he finally learned to “feel” how to throw with his hip and core correctly.
After throwing just a couple fastballs correctly, he turned to me and said “holy cow, that changed my life.” I laughed, but at the same time it pumped me up. I told him how I appreciated the hard work he had put into pitching and how happy I was for him.
That’s what it’s all about.
The fact is, everyone can learn to throw with power by making small mechanical adjustments that don’t take years to learn. [Read more...]
MLB.com had an article today on Mariano Rivera’s status in his comeback from his injury last year. He’s 95% ready to go and hopes to be ready by spring training.
Even though I’m not a Yankess fan, I’m a quality pitching fan; Rivera’s at the top of my fun pitchers to watch list. His cut fastball is amazing and when thrown in the correct location is unhittable.
When you watch the video, take a look at how his mechanics stay the same pitch to pitch (you’ll see this in the freeze frame). Successful and consistent mechanics are a MUST if you want to help your athlete enjoy great success on the mound.
This requires you know what you’re looking for to promote the Rivera-like mechanical consistency. Without mechanical consistency, your athlete’s pitching grip inconsistency will be the norm, unfortunately.
Dan does a great job explaining how to teach your son the proper mechanics that will give him the best shot for success and fun on the mound this year. You can find Dan’s work here.
Not too long ago my wife asked me, “don’t you get tired of all of the different hitting philosophies you have to battle when you teach kids.” Her background is in soccer and so I asked if it wasn’t the same in that sport. Her answer was not at all. Most of the coaches teach the same thing as far as mechanics, she said.
It got me thinking about how frustrating it is that baseball seems to attract a multitude of hitting and pitching mechanics philosophies. If you’ve been around the game for more than a couple years, I’m sure you’ve experienced this first hand. I saw this last night while at practice at a local training facility. There was a kid who looked to be 12 or thereabouts and his coach was showing him how to swing down on the baseball to create backspin. This is old hat; it’s not true. Just study the evidence.
There shouldn’t be these massive differences in mechanics teaching that there is within the instructional community. We have templates to follow. We have all of the evidence of what movements are necessary to keep in a swing and what movements are required to leave out because they have been proven to be ineffective.
Major League Baseball is our standard. There is no higher authority to good hitting technique than the guys who get paid millions to swing a bat for a living.
Then why the variety of hitting theories and philosophies in the instructional/coaching world?
It’s simple in my mind. We get all of these garbage philosophies being pumped into kids’ heads because there is a lack of willingness to study what really is being practiced in high level baseball.
Take for example Chris O’Leary. He never played high level baseball, but took it upon himself to really study what successful hitters do. Now he’s consulted for MLB because of what he’s learned.
You are no different. There are answers to your frustrations you experience each year. You just have to dig a little, and know the right questions to ask. Start by communicating with Dan and I more. We both enjoy taking questions.
Most of our mechanics knowledge has been complied in our DVDs. And since we’ve studied Big League mechanics for the last 10 years, you can bet that the stuff you see in those DVDs is what advanced hitters and pitchers do. We leave theory out.
Now go and study up this fall, the payoff will be in the spring/summer! You’ll never fall for old tired hitting philosophy again.
There’s no doubt about it. Pitchers that have mastered control of every pitch dominate!
Mastering control takes years of practice.
So what can you do starting today to ensure you begin the process of gaining pin-point control?
There are several things you can do to get the ball rollin:
First and foremost is learning proper mechanics.
Every motion you make up to release of the ball is so important. And every movement effects how you release the ball.
Our advice: never stop perfecting your [Read more...]
Here is a pitching video that Nate and I would like to share with you!
You know how much we talk about the importance of using proper pitching mechanics even when you are warming up. It is imperative that every time you pick up the ball and throw, you work on throwing correctly.
Here is a video that will help minimize overthrows doing your pickoff’s.
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Are you running healthy practices (Warm-ups) for your players?
One of the best ways to help keep your team off the disabled list this season is to take time to warm them all up before any throwing, fielding or hitting happens.
I have to applaud those coaches that really take the time to warm-up their players properly before practices and games. It makes such a difference in their ability to perform.
When warm-ups are done correctly they can also help build team unity every time they take the field; this includes both practice and games.
I remember in Little League competing against teams that had very organized warm-up routines with a team captain in charge of leading all of the drills and exercises. It was an eye opener for me at an early age to see how a team unites and can really get into the minds of their competition knowing that they are on the ball ready to play hard. It’s like they won the game (mentally) before it was played.
For those coaches that are serious about building a healthy workout program for their team this year I recommend our pitching workouts and grips DVD.
You will learn:
How much is too much throwing/ too little throwing for your players
Help pitchers throw effective bullpens
Core specific training for your team
How to keep arms healthy using elastic bands
An excellent in season throwing program. Sunday-Sunday
In this DVD you will also receive the Pitching Grips portion that will help your players:
Avoid arm problems when throwing off-speed pitches
Learn how to throw all pitches using proper mechanics (critical to their success)
The correct position of the wrist when throwing any pitch and much more.
Of course all of this information and more can be found on our best selling DVD series that is the very best value of them all today!
This is a fun time of year. Nate and I are inundated helping athletes fine tune their skills and work hard to ensure success this year.
Now is the time to lace up your shoes and get to work!
The biggest concern I have this time of year with many pitchers is they are simply training the wrong way. They are doing more harm than good for themselves.
What do I mean by that?
So many pitchers have poor mechanics. They throw the ball to throw and have never learned even some basic principals that will help them tremendously.
Pitching mechanics are vital to your success! It is imperative that you not only understand how to throw the baseball utilizing your entire body for power, but you learn how to “feel” that power as it works through the kinetic chain. (throwing with your legs, hips, core then upper body to release of the ball)
Don’t be an average pitcher this year!
In my travels each year, I see a ton of pitchers who have great talent, but don’t have the know-how to take their game to a higher level.
Take time to learn the game and start understanding the how’s and why’s of pitching.
If you are 100% ready to have your best year yet in 2012 and are hungry for that knowledge that will improve your game in every way; we are confident we can help you achieve that goal.
Take advantage of today’s opportunity and win big this year!
Last week our focus was all about pitching grips; many of you took advantage of last week’s opportunity with our pitching grips/workouts DVD. We know you won’t be disappointed.
This week our focus is geared towards pitching mechanics. We all know that pitching mechanics play a key role in your success as a pitcher. But how much time are you spending each week working on them? My guess is not enough time to get you exactly where you want to be. Maybe you aren’t spending the time you need to because you don’t know exactly what you need to do to improve your mechanics? Maybe you don’t know what good mechanics should look like?
Whatever the problem: Let us help you achieve your goals!
Today’s video is designed to help you maintain your balance with a proper leg lift. Pay particular attention how to lead with your hips.
This week’s pitching mechanics special
How to Throw Faster
Perhaps the most popular subject we talk about is how to throw faster. Regardless of how fast you throw already, it would be great to add a couple miles an hour to your fastball wouldn’t it? Let’s make sure you are doing a few things that will help you do just that.
There are many things that will help you throw faster. Today I just want to talk about one of them; “proper weight transfer.” This happens from the balanced posture to foot strike. Basically from the leg lift to when your landing leg hits the ground. A lot happens during this phase but let me break it down for you so it makes sense. [Read more...]
Pitching Tips From Justin Verlander
This last Sunday Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers picked up his 12th win of the season. He’s now sporting a 2.15 era and is one of the hottest starters in the league right now. I wanted to talk through his start and point out some of the reasons he’s having great success and what you can do to improve your own game.
Watch this clip a couple times. The first time through just watch how the batters are responding to his pitches. The second time through I want you to count how many full count strike outs he had. Once you’ve done this, read on below.
OK, here are the three things I want to point out that Verlander is doing extremely well. All of these are within your reach to learn as a pitcher, however, it will take some dedication on your part. [Read more...]