The Danger Of Using Cues To Teach Pitchers!



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  1. Phil says:

    Hey Lantz, good stuff. Sadly, there are a lot of bad cues out there, but the 2 you gave are great examples. Couldn’t agree more about getting the arm in the “L position” and just getting to positions in general – how you get to those positions is way more important than the positions themselves.

    And great point about finding the cue that fits the pitcher. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of this at times in the past, though I’ve been making more of an effort in this regard, so this article is a great reminder.

    I’ve had a lot of coaches over the years, some good, some bad. My college coach was outstanding at finding the right words/cues for each pitcher. By contrast, I had another coach who just repeated the same phrase, “stay back” to every guy he worked with (a pretty bad cue in my opinion, never mind the blanket, cookie cutter approach).

    One point I think coaches should keep in mind is how any athletic movement is predominantly a right-brained activity (the visual/feeling side of the brain vs the more analytical/language side of the brain.) Using too many words or over-explaining movements basically gets the pitcher into left-brained thinking, which interferes with moving well and transferring momentum up the chain.

    So in addition to just letting the pitcher find the cue that works for him (which I think is a fantastic idea), I think keeping cues short and somewhat vague can also help. So I tend to favor things like “back leg” or “hips” or “front side”, but always making sure he understands and has a good mental image of what I’m trying to convey.

    Great stuff as always. Look fwd to the next one.

  2. Lantz says:

    Wow! That was an awesome point on activities being right brained. You’ve got my wheels turning now. Thanks Phil, you always provide great feedback.

    Thanks for commenting

  3. Blake Herring says:


    I was asked in an interview once what my strength was. “Finding a different way to say the same thing to each individual that I am coaching.” He then asked, what is your weakness. “Finding a different way to say the same thing to each individual that I am coaching.” We are constantly in route to finding cues that work for each person.

    I am as guilty as anyone with the coaching cues. As coaches, we strive to say something to each athlete that will make that light bulb go off in their brains. The reason you are such a stud is because you cut out the learning curve and put it into the athlete’s hands and they begin to think for themselves which is ultimately what we want our pitchers to do between those white lines during a game.

    Thank you for getting my wheels turning and making us better coaches.

    Keep the truth coming.

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