Are you struggling to find the strike zone?
Inside this article we’re going to uncover the reason you can’t throw strikes and then I’m going to give you a few different drills you can practice that don’t require a coach, or a single word about pitching mechanics. (Crowd goes wild!!!) .
Let’s start by seeing if this sounds like you or somebody you may know…
So what do most of you do?
Or maybe you’re really screwed up and you choose to do all three?
I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say you’re like most, you’re probably being coached to change your mechanics.
But it ain’t working. It ain’t even close to working. Right?
Want to know why?
Think about this.
Instead of focusing externally, you invest your focus internally.
You never stop to think…
And you probably know…
No question every pitcher and coach reading this can instantly tell you…
But how many of you know…(Ask your pitchers to take the Pitching IQ test and see how well they do.)
*If you don’t know the answer to either of the questions I just asked, join my Inner-Circle Group by clicking here and I’ll share this info with ya.
So, let’s get back to it..
You can’t throw strikes and you struggle to make adjustments, so what do you do?
First off do this.
Sorry I’ve gotten so technical with you. Just want you to realize how smart I am.
Let’s call it like it is..
“The reason you don’t throw strikes has nothing to do with your pitching mechanics… The reason you don’t throw strikes is because you think it’s your mechanics.”
Mechanics and command go together like zippers go with frank and beans. It’s a dangerous combination. But, in today’s age of pitching instruction, it’s ridiculous how backwards we’re taking these guys.
I see more pitchers being UN-MADE versus Developed.
Today’s pitchers are…
Next thing you know…
As they head straight for a video screen to watch another freaking video.
No prob. I’ll copy and paste it below…
“It’s typical of today’s culture in baseball.
In today’s coaching society, there’s a mechanical tag for every mistake or mis-located pitch.
- Struggling with command? Change your mechanics.
- Struggling with your breaking ball? It’s because of your mechanics.
- Oh, so you’re missing outside, missing high? Send me a video and let me see what you’re doing wrong with your mechanics.
- Get my point?And you wonder why so many pitchers are addicted to pitching mechanics? Call em’ Pitching Mech-addicts.”
Or maybe you can listen to the podcast Ron Wolforth did on the topic of pitching mech-addicts almost a year after my original article was written…
“Mechanics-aholics” by Ron Wolforth
So, if you’re struggling to throw strikes, here’s what you need to do:
Take any guy you’ve got that struggles to throw strikes out and hand him a glass bottle. Not filled with alcohol, just a bottle. Pick up as many rocks as you can find. Rocks of all shapes and sizes. Next, gather up your guys and watch from a distance what happens…
#1: Every single throw will matter. It will count. They won’t just be going through the motions.
#2: They will make adjustments because they’ll be forced too. Each rock will force them to start the throw based on how much they guesstimate it will move. Flat rocks will move sideways. Round rocks will stay straighter, but none of that will matter. Trust me. They’ll figure it out.
#3: They will throw intent to break the bottle.
Who wants to be the guy who hits a rock with a bottle and it doesn’t break?
#4: Finally, the most important aspect of this training session will not include one single hint of pitching mechanics. Notta!
How beautiful is that?
By the way…
If you’ve got a guy struggling with his lower-half, video him swinging a bat and compare it to his pitching mechanics. The lower-body patterns will be totally different.
Blame it on the learned association with ‘pitching mechanics’.
In the end, here’s the #1 reason why so many pitchers struggle to throw strikes…
Think about it..
You can text 50 words per minute without ever looking at the screen, even though the letters are millimeters apart. But you can’t throw a baseball over a 17 inch plate from 60 feet?
Why is that? (Only members of my Inner-Circle will get that answer. )
Ok, Lantz. What else do you do with your pitchers after you teach them how to FEEL the difference between a ball and a strike?
You want to know, I’ll tell you.
Here’s what we do to smear the zone with stinky, nasty stuff…. After teaching pitchers how to FEEL the difference between a ball and a strike, we break out The Core Velocity Belt.
We start at 60 ft or wherever you typically throw from…
And then we follow this progression.
Why are we doing this?
Pitching is all about adjustments, not mechanics.
Pitching is all about FEEL and until you can actually FEEL what’s wrong, how can you expect to FEEL what’s supposed to be right?
The next thing we do is…
But, that “same spot” is typically the pitchers weak spot.
That’s why I’ll never allow my pitcher to walk through the door without their journal. We both know one of the hardest things to do in Life is self evaluate.
Finally, we start our Sonar Radar Training…
Yep, we train using a Sonar Radar device just like the bats flying around in the caves at 40 mph… Unable to see in the pitch black but never, ever thinking about their flying mechanics or worrying about smashing into a wall. (I’ll be sharing this at my Winter Training Programs… reach out to me for details
Sonar Radar Training has been by far and away, the fastest way humanly possible I’ve found to train pitchers how to throw consistent strikes and make in-game adjustments.
So, in review…
Let me know how this works for you, I’d love to hear from you.
Leave a comment or question below and I’ll do my best to answer it.
Trust what you FEEL!