mechanics 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 · 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 · February 22, 2013
Listen to the entire 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 3. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by selecting the button on the far right.
3X Pitching – Podcast Episode 3 Transcript
This transcript is a rough draft. It is recommended that you listen to the podcast above.
3 Is the Magic Number
Hey, Brent Pourciau, TopVelocity.net!
This is the 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 3! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 21, 2013
Listen to the entire 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 2. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by selecting the button on the far right.
3X Pitching – Podcast Episode 2 Transcript
This transcript is a rough draft. It is recommended that you listen to the podcast above.
Performance Data of Professional Baseball
Alright! Brent Pourciau, Top Velocity.net.
Welcome to the second episode of my 3X Pitching show or podcast, whatever you want to call it. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · January 15, 2013
If you are a coach who has just started reading about 3X Pitching, bought the program, or studied the mechanics guide, your probably thinking wow… this is amazing!!!
But… You might also be thinking….
How the heck do I do it?
How do I implement this with my kids?
5 days a week??
Are you serious?!?
Well at least that’s what I thought when I first learned about the 3X Pitching system. I was amazed by this revolutionary approach, the science that backs it up, and inspired by possibility of truly helping kids that are willing to commit themselves to excellence, dream large, and work their tails off to reach their potential…. at the same time, I was a little overwhelmed. There is a lot of information to take in, learn, and implement. It took some time to understand the drills, mechanics, exercises and learn how to teach them. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 1, 2012
The conventional pitching coach will spend most of his time working with a pitcher’s body positions, like torso alignment or arm angle, instead of his speeds. Pitching velocity is influenced more by the speeds of the body movements than its Kinematics. Kinematics are very important to pitching but without a complete understanding of its relationships to the forces and speeds of the movements then the ability of a pitching coach or a pitcher to have a significant effect on enhancing pitching velocity is limited.
Speed Mechanics is the heart of 3X Pitching. It defines the importance of speed through the kinetic chain as it relates to pitching velocity. It tends to be overlooked by the conventional coaches and pitchers who learn the 3X approach to increase pitching velocity for the first time because they focus more on the kinematics aka 3X Mechanics. The problem is most of these coaches and pitchers do not see themselves or the pitcher as speed or power athletes. It takes a completely new perspective for these conventional coaches and pitchers to see high velocity pitching as a speed movement and not just a series of positions. This article will help prove once again the importance of speed to pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 5, 2012
The majority of pitchers who commit to the 3X Pitching Velocity program initially struggle with the new motor coordination of triple extension and especially the critical ankle kick. The reason is because low velocity pitchers do not use this component effectively as the driving force behind their pitching velocity. An effective triple extension of the drive leg is the foundation of the power pitcher. To help those low velocity pitchers to understand this critical pitching velocity component, I will dive into the nuts and bolts of the critical ankle kick and the linear Force Vector.
They say a picture tells a thousand words and this animated clip of the leg drive of low velocity pitchers to high velocity pitchers says it all. You can obviously see the ankle extending through in the high velocity clips and the ankle just popping up in the low velocity clips. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 21, 2012
The entire power pitching delivery is a series of dynamic, action to reaction movements. High velocity pitchers generate more force production than low velocity pitchers therefore they also have more dynamic reactive movements. This is also why low velocity pitchers have a poor understanding of how and when these movements occur.
This article will help educate those low velocity pitchers on these reactive movements that are so critical to producing high pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 1, 2012
If you have spent any time on this site you have learned the importance of triple extension to building explosive power in the pitching delivery. The 3X approach to pitching velocity labels this as the 3X Factor to pitching velocity. It is the foundation to the entire approach but it isn’t the only factor. 3X Pitching also describes the 2X Factor to pitching velocity which seems to be overlooked by many who believe that increasing pitching velocity only comes in the discovery of one secret or one component. 3X is important and will have a tremendous effect on pitching velocity but in combinations with 2X it is what the elite pitcher needs to perform at his top velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · December 11, 2011
Pitching velocity secrets are in a lot higher demand than secrets to preventing injury. The deal is they should both go hand and hand. Who wants to increase velocity at a higher risk of injury? This is the problem with most pitching velocity tips is that they come with a price. I developed 3X Pitching with both pitching velocity and injury prevention as top priorities.
Let’s face it, throwing the ball at your top velocity is risky but so is returning punts in the NFL. If we are going to enhance our ability while promoting a long and healthy career, we must understand how our bodies work and how to prevent injury. The American Sports Medicine Institute has already informed the public that pitching injuries spawn from three main factors; Overuse, Poor Physical Fitness and Poor Mechanics. To take this information further, I will list here the top 10 pitching secrets to prevent injury in order from the most significant to the least but still significant. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 24, 2011
There is a major body part that can cause a major headache with pitching velocity. Most pitchers are completely unaware of this body part because it is the body part where awareness comes from. If you haven’t discovered it yet then it is the head. The head weighs between 8-12 pounds depending on how big the pitcher is. This means throwing the head around during the pitching delivery can be detrimental to pitching velocity. To help understand the positioning of the head through the entire delivery I am going to define where the head must be through the entire 3X mechanics. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 8, 2011
Just like hitters work to find the “Sweet Spot” of the bat when they want to crush the ball into the gap or out of the park, hard throwing pitchers work to also hit their “Sweet Spot” when they want to increase stride power and blow the ball by a hitter. A Pitcher’s “Sweet Spot” occurs in the drive leg when they have built optimal flexion moving forward from their leg lift into triple extension. This position in the 3X Mechanics is called the “Load” position. This is the position where the pitcher is loaded and ready to launch, to build stride power. 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 · September 7, 2011
This Pitching Velocity Quick Tip covers an important factor of the “Load” position. This is a pitching component in the 3X mechanics. You can learn more about the 3X mechanics by watching this video on the 3X Pitching approach. The important factor of the “Load” position that will be covered here is drive leg flexion. Drive leg flexion is a critical part to the “Load” position because good flexion leads to good extension which is the next component in the 3X mechanics which is the foundation for the entire approach. Most young pitchers have poor flexion and also poor force production through that flexion.
To truely understand how flexion and force production work then I would highly recommend that you watch this video. If you want to see if you have good flexion and force production in your delivery then post your pitching video for analysis here at the forums.
by Brent Pourciau · August 24, 2011
There is one “Arm Path” to pitching velocity that all high velocity pitchers take. This “Arm Path” begins not where conventional wisdom would believe, which is after hand break, but in the cocked position at front foot strike. The funky delivery here of Zach Outman is a great example of how the “Arm Path” of the high velocity pitcher works. What makes his pitching delivery so different is because he starts his delivery with his arms above his head instead of the conventional way, which is in the glove below the head. This out of the box approach makes it easier for him to get his throwing arm into the prefect cocked position at front foot strike, so he can generate his top velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · July 11, 2011
The more and more I read the information coming from another online pitching coach, who I will refer to as DM to avoid naming names, the more he reminds me of John Madden. You know when John Madden makes those quotes during Monday night football that make you wonder if he is totally aware of what he just said? I get this feeling with DM a lot.
For example, I just read his last email because I am on his subscriber list which means I get an email a day. The email was titled, “Does strength training really increase velocity? This study provides the proof.” He goes on to fumble around and say,”Velocity comes mainly from the forces produced that allow the trunk to rotate and flex forward fast and powerfully…..Weight training will mostly waste valuable time.” I would like to ask DM, but he doesn’t allow commenting on his website, so you are saying that using weight training to increase your bodies ability to produce force or power, is a waste of time? What? DM, are you actually reading what you are writing? He continues on in the email to make a serious bogus claim. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · July 1, 2011
The Pitcher Power Curve is worth as much as the 3X Pitching Velocity Program. It has taken me the past 20 years to develop the 3X Program which is built on the Pitcher Power Curve.
Velocity is a product of power and if you can understand how we generate power as athletes, you will then discover how you can personally increase and maintain pitching velocity.
Power is both speed and strength. It isn’t enough to be an athlete who can only move a lot of weight or an athlete who can only move very quickly. You must be that athlete who can move a lot of weight, very quickly. This is called explosive power or explosive strength. This can all be measured in what I call the Pitcher Power Curve. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 25, 2011
by Brent Pourciau · May 25, 2011
In baseball speed is the best way to measure an athletes ability. Speed is a critical component in all sports. Speed in baseball can be measured in throwing speed, bat speed and running speed. If you can excel at all of these facets then your value as a baseball player is great.
Many coaches and scouts would say you are either born with speed or not. I would say forget them. Speed can be developed. I was the slowest high school athlete. I was 6’1 170 lbs and could catch a football but because I was so slow they made me a tight end on the football team. I was the skinniest tight end in the state. I should have been a wide receiver but my speed was my problem. When I trained with the 3X Pitching Velocity Program in college as a pitcher, which helped me develop speed all around, I went from the slowest to the fastest on my team.
What I learned was that when you increase your bodies ability to output more power then you increase your speed all around. So not only did my throwing speed increase but also my bat speed and my running speed. The key to this is called Force Production. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 18, 2011
In the game of baseball, all skills require small muscle groups moving big muscle groups. This means you must use a strength and conditioning program that not only develops you to become Bigger, Stronger, Faster but it builds joint integrity as well. Most training programs neglect either the effectiveness of training the big muscle groups and only isolates the small muscle groups and vice verse. A training program that is built around both muscle groups is far superior to the others.
It is important to also make sure that you are educated in the mechanics of the lifts. The Olympic lifts are some of the most powerful lifts in the weight room to training the athlete to grow Bigger, Stronger, Faster. These lifts though are as intricate as learn proper throwing or hitting mechanics. You must spend as much time learning these lifting mechanics as you spend learning your throwing or hitting mechanics. This would mean you need a program that comes with a trainer who is educated enough to coach these lifts or a training video that will replace the trainer. You will find some great training videos below along with the baseball training programs. 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