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Most pitchers are taught ineffective mechanics that lead to poor performance and injury!
Yesterday I referred to many “ineffective” ways coaches are teaching how to throw off speed pitches, particularly the curveball. If you missed it, here it is!
Today I would like to inform you about some of the “different ways” pitchers are being taught how to throw the ball. These methods don’t work, but are being taught to pitchers all over the country time and time again. The bleeding has to stop!
Here are some of the things being taught to your pitchers:
Keep your arm at a 90 degree angle, throw down on the ball, Land with your front foot pointing toward the plate, Pull your glove arm down as hard as you can to get more power, pick up the penny on the follow through, reach out with your arm, keep your weight back, kick your leg up, drop and drive, pull your lead arm toward first base; the list goes on and on.
Do any of those sound familiar?
In addition, our pitchers often hear terms like:
rare back and fire, throw hard, push off the mound, Drive forward, throw strikes etc.
When they hear this lingo being thrown at them, they may not know what it means. They probably don’t know how to do what they are being asked because they haven’t been instructed to execute what is being said.
Here’s an example! When a pitcher is told to “throw hard” in a game situation, do they know how? In other words, have they been taught where velocity really comes from enough to execute that properly on the mound?
Most pitchers don’t know what “throw hard” means. Many youth pitchers, when told to throw hard; will often grit their teeth, rare back too far, squeeze the ball to tight and throw like they’re constipated. 🙂 As you can imagine the end result is not pretty!
And, when we scream out “throw strikes”. Don’t pitchers know that is what they are supposed to do? The key is identifying their mechanical flaws and understanding why they don’t throw strikes; then informing them what they need to do so they can.
Because of what is being taught in your baseball community, I created the Pitching Mechanics/coaching Pitchers DVD. It’s time to learn how MLB pitchers are throwing and getting results; I’ll show you how to get your pitchers to throw hard consistent strikes so they succeed!
Make it a great day!
The Pitching Academy