fastball Pitching Articles
Here are some pitching articles on this important pitching velocity topic. This topic is currently open for discussion. You can either comment on the articles below or start a thread in the pitching forums.
by Brent Pourciau · April 7, 2013
How many “Pitching Velocity Programs” have you purchased or used this year? How many of them have only had a small impact on your pitching velocity? How many of them do not give you all of the information? How many of them are a total waste of time and money? How many of them just confuse and frustrate you? In most cases pitching velocity programs fail and I have listed below the 10 reason I believe why.
Before we go over these 10 reason it is important to know that the reason high velocity, like 90 mph in high school, college or professional baseball is so attractive to scouts is because only a rare few can touch it or compete above it. If the “Perfect” pitching velocity program did exist, where everyone could touch 90 mph after using it, then 90 mph would eventually become the 85 mph of today. The point is just because everyone doesn’t gain a 90 mph fastball from a pitching velocity program doesn’t make it a failure. These 10 reason below and their descriptions are the reason I believe most pitching velocity programs are failures. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 6, 2013
So have you heard about the Velocity Pill? It is the magic bullet to pitching velocity. I have had it available on this website for years and the response I have received has been priceless.
If you haven’t learned about this pitching velocity pill, that will give you a 90 mph fastball in less than one minute, then you need to check it out. This revolutionary technology comes out of Japan and it is totally bogus. Yes, this is a joke and yes many people have fallen for it.
I actually had a call today about the velocity pill and it went like this, “Hello, what the f@#k is this velocity pill all about? This looks like a bunch of bull shit to me! CLICK.” Priceless! I just love it when pitchers fall for this. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then checkout the page and make sure you hit the BUY NOW button. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 25, 2013
“ I promise you that you will leave with a complete understanding of high velocity pitching and what it will take to get your son to his velocity goals. It will also be a pivotal moment in your sons career. “
And with that, my son Evan and I were on a flight to New Orleans to learn about high velocity pitching, from Brent Pourciau. You see like you, all I ever wanted for my children was the very best. I had always told my kids, if you work hard, put in the effort, your Mother and I will do everything in our power to get you where you want to be . We had probably spent tens of thousands of dollars flying to the west coast, going to camps. Paying big fees to the local hotshots that run the semi pro lessons/camps , buying and watching all the DVDs and the like. All of these things have some merit,and we met some very nice , well meaning instructors, but when you are lucky enough to have a son that has the passion, the work ethic for the game, you just would love to see more for the effort. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 20, 2012
My biggest pitching idol growing up was Nolan Ryan. I worshiped his Pitching Bible like it was, “The Bible.” In this book he lists his everyday routines as a professional ball player, from what he ate to his strength training program. This was the first time I had ever heard about a pitcher lifting weights. What absolutely blew my mind was when he talked about his weight training circuit he would do just before pitching a game. I thought this was revolutionary. Why was he doing this and was it the secret to his success? I never discovered the answer to this question until trying it in my own career and also learning about a muscle phenomenon called, Post-Activation Potentiation. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 3, 2011
I have worked with a lot of “Side Arm” Pitchers who are worried about losing movement when I am training and coaching them to increase velocity, with 3X Pitching. I am not talking about pitchers who throw upper 80′s, because most of the pitchers I work with are more like upper 70′s. It just blows my mind that an upper 70′s pitcher would rather have ball movement than more velocity.
The reality is, not until you get to professional baseball will ball movement start to become an important factor and at this level you will actually have coaches who will coach this with pitch grips. I really believe that changing mechanics to enhance ball movement is not a healthy approach for a pitcher. A great example was John Smoltz, at the end of his career the Atlanta, Braves made him a closer and also dropped his arm angle to a side arm position, so he could get a more natural run on the ball. This was effective at first, then he was put on the DL with bone spurs in his elbow. I believe he cut his career short when he made this mechanical adjustment for ball movement. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 14, 2011
ArmourBite is here! So Tom House has retired from USC as the pitching coach and he is now with the Rod Dedeaux Research for Baseball Institute. I believe this is good news for the pitching world because he will spend more of his time on research than coaching, which I feel this is what he is best at.
Now that he is back, Tom House is claiming that he did some research on the new ArmourBite™ and he found that it will add 1-2 mph to your fastball when using the plastic mouth piece. This is the info coming from the home page of his National Pitching Association website.
National Pitching Association ArmourBite Claim
New Mouthpiece Improves Pitching Velocity!
Yep you read that right. Our research team at RDRBI lead by Tom House did some testing with the ArmourBite® to see if it could improve velocity. It works! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · May 27, 2011
“Welcome to the 90MPH club,” is the catch phrase that we all would love to hear in our careers. More than likely this is your ultimate goal as a pitcher, because if you make it to the 90MPH Club, then you have put yourself in the recruiting pool for Professional Baseball.
If you have ever been to a MLB tryout Camp then you will hear this phrase a lot, “Throw 90 or go home!” At most camps they are not as blunt but this is what they are thinking when they are holding that gun to your back when you throw your first pitch. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 22, 2011
This may be the first sign of the beginning of a new era for baseball. A Danish company called Trackman has planted some 3D Doppler Radar’s in Major League parks across the country and the data is revolutionary.
They can scientifically produce data that shows why two 90 MPH pitchers are not the same. Why one may be seen as having a “Sneaky” fastball when the other is throwing the exact same pitching velocity. This is because this new technology uses distance and speed to measure pitching velocity, instead of only using speed. Therefore, someone throwing 90 mph with a release point that is 53 feet away from the hitter is throwing harder, as perceived by the hitters eye, than the pitcher with the same velocity throwing the ball 55 feet away.
Trackman has determined that the average release point from the rubber for an MLB pitcher is 5.10 feet but some of the “Sneaky” fastball pitchers are reaching release point distances of 7 feet or more. The ESPN Sports Science video about Chapman, which I cover in one of my previous articles, made this same discovery but Trackman is calculating this information on the fly. Based on their data one foot past the average 5.10 feet equals about 2 mph in increase perceived pitching velocity. Trackman feels that this 3D Doppler Radar will eventually make the radar gun, as we know it today, the thing of the past. This is because their data gives an organization a lot more scientific data to evaluate talent than the traditional radar gun. This 3D Radar can also record spin rate of all pitches. Pitchers with higher spin rates have higher strikeout percentages. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 18, 2011
Adding 5 MPH to your fastball can be a tough challenge if you do not know what you are doing. You definitely will not accomplish this using conventional wisdom. Old school approaches like extreme long toss, weighted balls or speed chains may get you close but the pitching speed increase will eventually go away or may not even transfer to the mound.
It is important to understand that you want to add 5 MPH to your fastball on the mound, not only on flat ground. Throwing from the mound uses a different kinematic sequence than on flat ground. This must be a main focus of the velocity enhancement program.
When I developed the revolutionary approach to pitching velocity called 3X Pitching, I first analyzed some of the hardest throwers in the game to try and discover their secrets. I wasn’t as interested in their training programs because most of these hard throwers, I felt, had superior genetics. I knew that if I could learn what they were doing mechanically, which was causing them to throw so hard, I could then try to emulate these mechanics through training my body to move like theirs. I believed that this was a good strategy for success. I soon learned that this was true. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 8, 2011
You can add 2-3MPH to your fastball with a video pitching analysis TODAY! Pitching analysis is critical to reaching your velocity goals and becoming an elite pitcher. The problem is most well know pitching coaches charge expensive prices for a video pitching analysis. I have decided to offer this priceless services for FREE. Yes, I will give you your first video pitching analysis for FREE. If you are wondering why you need a pitching analysis then here are some reasons why you need to send me your video today. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 24, 2011
Those who lack pitching velocity want to throw more pitches. The problem is this is a double edged sword. When your pitching velocity is poor, and you want to take the easy way out, you opt for ball movement. This involves trying, or successfully learning, offspeed pitches. Here is a list of these type of pitches.
- Circle Change
- The “Volken”
I am not saying that these pitches are junk or a waste of time, because many great pitchers have used them. What I am saying is this is always last resort. Especially when you are young. You should expect your pitching velocity to improve all the way into your 20′s. If you have plateaued, then you need a pitching velocity enhancement program like the 3X Pitching Velocity Program before you need to learn another pitch. Also learning these offspeed pitches have proven to decrease pitching velocity, because if not thrown correctly, it can add more wear and tear to the arm and it also can change your pitching mechanics. I have seen in my career guys loss a few miles per hour because they fell in love with a Forkball, or a Curveball. I am not saying this is the case for everyone but it is the case for most young pitchers. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 5, 2010
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Included with the 3X Pitching approach is the Fusion System. This is one of the top Bigger, Stronger, Faster Strength and Conditioning programs out on the web today. It was developed by USA Weightlifting certified Sports Performance Coach Brent Pourciau along with the 3X Velocity mechanics, drills and more. Brent Pourciau overcame career ending rotator cuff surgery to pitch professionally and reach his velocity goal of 94 MPH after doctors told him he would never pitch again. That is right, this program is the real thing!!! The only question is are you the real thing and are you ready to take it to a whole new level of performance? Nolan Ryan once said,
“Pitching in the big leagues is a dream. Preparing to pitch in the big leagues is a nightmare!”
THIS PROGRAM ISN’T FOR SLACKERS. IT ISN’T FOR KIDS. IT IS FOR GROWN MEN. THE ACE PITCHER HANDBOOK WITH THE 3X APPROACH IS EXTREMELY INTENSE BECAUSE IT PRODUCES RESULTS. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 22, 2009
A pitching chart is a very valuable tool for a pitcher and a coach. For the pitcher it shows you your weaknesses and strengths. It tells you what pitches are working on what batters and what pitches are not working on what batters. It also tells you how many pitches you are throwing per inning which is valuable information for your Coach. Your Coach should know your limit and be prepared to rescue you if you are getting close to your redline. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 26, 2009
Many Extreme Long Toss programs use what some call the “Pull down phase.” This is because after throwing the ball 300 feet in an “Air it out” program, they then want you to pull down your delivery so you do not continue to launch the ball high as you move closer to 60 feet. The problem is this goes against the science of pitching velocity.
Pitching velocity is the product of momentum and torque down a mound. You can read countless articles on this site about Momentum and Torque. Pulling the ball down during release prevents early internal rotation which is a key component to pitching velocity as stated in the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) case study called Comparison of High Velocity and Low Velocity Pitch Deliveries. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · July 10, 2009
Dr. James Andrews at ASMI put together a study of low velocity pitchers to high velocity pitchers to determine the difference in pitching mechanics. It was a good feeling after reading this study because the same information coming from Dr. Andrews is the same information Top Velocity has been coaching and training for years. It proves why I overcame a rotator cuff tear and was able to reach 94 mph on my fastball post surgery. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 17, 2009
If you haven’t figured it out yet, pitching velocity doesn’t come in a pill. Sorry to bust your bubble but it takes a lot of hard and smart work to develop it. If you are looking to gain 4-5 mph on your fastball then you must work to improve in all facets of pitching. These facets include: Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 17, 2009
Why waste your time and money on pitching coaches and strength and conditioning when you can get all the velocity you want in a pill?
Do you want to know what it is like to throw 90 plus mph?
Do you want to dominate every batter you face?
Do you want to get drafted in the top round and sign for millions?
Then you do not have to wait any longer? All your dreams will come true in this one pill. Velocity is the latest in medical advancements in the world of genetic therapy. This pill will genetically remodel your body to throw a baseball 90 plus miles per hour. Once you take this pill you will feel a burning sensation in your arm and after 33 seconds your next pitch will exceed 90 mph. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 16, 2009
This question can stir up a big argument but there is only one answer. The arm does not generate the velocity. It only guides the pitch. Therefore the arm must follow the body and does not come into play until the body has done its job. This was the conclusion of a study performed by the famous Dr. Jobe back in the 1980′s. Here is the actual result from the case study:
by Brent Pourciau · March 22, 2009
Most of the articles on this site pertain to pure pitching velocity but what is the value of top velocity when the pitcher can not locate his pitch? Zero is the answer. There is no value in pitching velocity that doesn’t end in a strike. I have witnessed many hard throwing pitchers or should I say throwers in my career who could not hit “the broad side of a barn.” These guys never made it anywhere because of this major problem of poor accuracy. The problem with coaching accuracy is that most pitching coaches over do it. They create pitchers who look like they should be throwing darts instead of fastballs. This is why I focus on velocity first and then I teach my pitchers how to control it. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · January 18, 2009
Ultimately, your pitching Coach is your boss. If you piss him off, there is a good chance you may be out of a job. The problem is if he is a BAD pitching coach, he could jeopardize your career. It has happened many times before. The key is to keep the Coach happy, while you find the best support you can, to help influence your career.
What makes a BAD pitching Coach?
Someone who has no experience in playing the position at the top levels of the game, or someone who has no certified education of how to coach the position. Read more