Mind Over Motor
If you've ever wondered why some players choke and melt-down while others stand tall and step forward in times of chaos and competition...
You need to read every single word of what I'm about to share with you.
Think about how most players are being taught and trained these days and then you'll know...
- Why pitchers struggle to throw strikes...
- Why practice results don't transfer to the game...
- Why pitchers melt-down...
Nowadays, it seems everyone wants to be the smartest man in the room. I recently saw an ad where an instructor provided a testimonial on a pitching product...
"Its the best tool for training the glute medius."
Who talks like this?
A better question is WHY?
Think about why players can't throw strikes?
- They are explicitly taught pitching mechanics.
- Made conscious of every move involved.
- Using terminology of the instructor and no clear understanding of what's being instructed. (There's a difference between knowing and understanding.)
Sure, it may be easy during practice because...
- There's no pressure.
- Anxiety is not present due to the training environment.
- Someone's there to hold your hand to make adjustments or you're simply not being held accountable.
But once they step on the line in the heat of competition, their training fails them.
You've got to realize the rules of development.
Start with the Brain. Mechanics are housed there.
- Develop the person first. (Find their WHY)
- Player second. (Assist their HOW)
- Pitcher, third. (Formulate a plan on #1 and #2)
The body will never go where the mind hasn't already been. (Experiences and motor skills go hand in hand as does fear and anxiety.)
But we never think that way do we...
We fail to realize...
- Clear communication equates to cleaner movements.
- The body is the best pitching coach.
- We learn best by failing badly.
That's all good and dandy but the question remains how do we change it?
- Stop all this talk about mechanics.
- Stop teaching by positions.
- Stop focusing on "how to".
- Stop with all the slo motion video.
- Emulation of others mechanics.
And to all the instructors out there teaching kids to...
- Pronate and decelerate your arm after throwing the ball.
- Never allow your arm to cross the mid-line of your body.
- Focus solely on velocity because you can't train strikes with velocity..
It's not true.
You can focus on throwing strikes with velocity, you just don't know how.
Because you're too caught up on you.
Wanting to be the smartest man in the room. Constantly changing your philosophies and never truly understanding what you're teaching.
- At the end of the day, it's not WHAT you're teaching.
- It's WHO that matters!
So in closing...
Why not stop with all the instruction and allow nature to take over.
- If you're struggling to throw strikes and you're missing high, aim lower.
- If you want to use more of your legs to throw harder, pick a spot on the wall and make the spot elevate.
- If you want to transfer results from the bullpen to the mound, train chaos... submerge the goal in distraction and add chaos.
As Dr. Sills said in Palooza 15'...
"The reason so many pitchers struggle to throw strikes is because they train in a visually quiet background. But once they step on the mound there's a hitter, an umpire and there's fans moving in the background."
This causes anxiety and the motor skill begins to diminish."
What you've got to realize is that our body has built in systems we can use to enhance development and training methodology.
It starts with the Brain.
- Inputs become Outputs.
- Intentions beget Actions
- Form follows Function.
- I challenge each and everyone of you to RE-THINK what you're saying and teaching.
- The secret is Mind over Motor.
If you're interested in learning how to re-wire your brain to permanently stop OVER-thinking, check out one of my 3-day Core Velocity Training Programs and I'll personally show the true individual power of MIND OVER MOTOR.
Trust what you FEEL!