Do you know any good pitching drills that will help me increase my velocity?
What about a pitching drill that will increase my hip/shoulder separation?
I’m sorry to say, but there’s no such thing as either!
Today I’m going to share my opinion on drill work and then at the end, I’m going to share with you part of the Pitching Mechanics MasterMind System!
We’ve got to be careful with pitching drills because unknowingly we could be setting our athletes back.
The key is understanding movement and realizing the body doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, it needs a MAP.
The Two Golden Rules To Pitching Drills
- You shape the drill, the drill doesn’t shape you!
- The only position that matters is the starting position.
Rule #1: You shape the drill, the drill doesn’t shape you!
I don’t know about you but it kills me when I hear marketeers promoting pitching velocity drills like somehow, if you do this drill your velocity will suddenly appear. What BS! Really, think about that for a second……
Ok, your seconds up. If your intent is to throw the absolute crap out of the ball, guess what? That’s a velocity drill and to be honest, a very good velocity drill. On the other side of the coin, if your intent is to mimic someone else doing a drill and you get caught up on technique, its an anti-velocity drill that invites every slow twitch muscle in your body to the party!
So, is there such thing as a velocity drill?
Yes, it’s called INTENT to throw the absolute SH** out of the ball, there’s your velocity drill.
What you must realize is that its your intent, your end goal, that makes the drill specific to your needs.
- If you’re attempting to conform to the drill, you lose.
- If you understand that the drill conforms to your intent, you win!
Its the same with the generic throwing programs and velocity programs I see floating around, ridiculous. How can you tell me there is one throwing program that works for everyone?
Is there one diet that works for everyone?
Yes, and those are found on late night infomercials immediately following the “Peni-grow” commercials.
Same category. If you want a long toss program, look at this one, its the best one I’ve used so far. On a side note, long toss does not increase velocity!
The Secret to drills: Shhh…..You can make a drill whatever you want it to be! Its your intent that shapes the drill.
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Rule #2: The only position that matters is the starting position!
Why? The answer is two-fold.
1. After you make the initial first move, positioning takes a backseat. Positions then become a bi-product of movement.
A perfect example is the “connection” balls placed underneath the arms at hand break. Connection has nothing to do with positioning of the arms as the hands break. Connection is timing, its the transfer of momentum and the ability to sequence segmented rotation with each link gathering momentum from the previous. Its not positioning, for the last time. Just because I reach ideal positions does NOT MEAN I’M CONNECTED!
All roads to connection start and stop at the center mass!
Connection will never occur until you can connect the upper body to the lower body! (Center mass is the connector)
me a player that’s “disconnected” and I will show you a player that doesn’t know how to control or manipulate the center of his body, and/or lacks rhythm/timing.
Here’s an example of what I’m referring to. Watch this video and pay particular attention to the high elbows on the left side and then the changes made on the right side.
Common thought amongst pitching guys is this is an arm action issue, right? I mean, c’mon, this guy has the dreaded high elbows, so what do we do? Place a connection ball under his arm or focus on other parts of the body and attempt to influence change?
Ready for the answer ? I can tell you this, there were no connection balls involved! We simply placed emphasis on his center mass and increased the tempo. We didn’t talk positions, and we didn’t talk arm action. Why?
Because with high level players like the one you see in the video, you will LOSE every time if your focus is on positions.
The magic of pitching mechanics and pitching drills is found inside the movement…
Its much easier to influence rhythm and timing than it is to focus on positions. You have to realize that the movement patterns are not going to change very often, they can be influenced to work more efficiently though.
Take away point? When you see an issue up top, check the bottom. When you see an issue on the right, check the left. Its called Peer Pressure and you need to realize that the arms most influential peer is the center mass! (Top of thigh to the belly button)
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