Do you really believe that left handed pitchers have natural movement?
I think if you asked most coaches that same question, they would tell you yes.
Ok, if that’s true, how is it possible and is it really natural?
Here are a few explanations that I’ve heard:
It’s because we see so many right handed pitchers and the left handed spin alters our perception.
No, I don’t think that’s the case.
It’s because of the direction the Earth spins on it’s axis.
Really? I know you’re looking to apply a “scientific” tag to your explanation, but c’mon.
It’s because God’s left handed and He finds it humorous to add yet, another advantage over right handed pitchers.
Uh, if that’s what you’re going with, you have more important issues than why a left hander has natural movement. Mass starts at 8 am, you might consider going.
Personally, I’m convinced that left handed pitchers have more movement but it’s far from natural! Keep reading and you will learn why.
Before we go any further, let’s take a look at some of the finer nuances of the game.
Ok, that’s obvious but what’s your point? Glad you asked.
Left handed pitchers spend the majority of their time, focus and intent on throwing the fastball to their arm side, down.
With the repetitive intent and focus of getting the ball down and away from right handed hitters, they begin to move the ball. Many times without ever knowing how in their early stages of development.
If you’ve ever pitched, you realize that throwing the ball to your arm side is usually your best chance for movement. Here are some ways that make it possible to sink the ball and move it in the direction of your arm side.
There are countless ways to move the ball and each pitcher has his own unique way.
The increased movement of a left handed pitcher’s fastball is a product of their intent and focus to throw the ball down and away from right handed hitters, plain and simple!
If you haven’t been introduced to the power of intent and a narrowed focus, I suggest you read these two articles:
The intent and focus never changes with these guys. It’s starts at an early age and continues to develop over the years because of the nuances of the game. It becomes easier for them to learn how to move the ball and makes for an easy transition to the change-up.
Left handed pitchers experience early success with movement and change of speeds.
That’s why you see more “crafty”left handed pitchers than right handed pitchers.
The game doesn’t encourage arm-side movement for right handed pitchers. They spend the majority of their time facing same-sided hitters with the focus and intent on getting the ball to glove side (down/away). This is also the reason you see RHP’s having better sliders and left handed pitchers better change-ups.
It’s also an explanation for the common differences you see in arm action between right handed and left handed pitchers, but that’s for another day.
Left handers don’t have natural movement, it’s a product of their focus and intent!
What’s your theory on why left handed pitchers have more movement? Do you agree with the points in this discussion? Why or why not?
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